Garden Moles Will Be A Thing Of The Past With One Unexpected Device

While many people don't mind them, plenty of individuals find garden moles to be a nuisance and consider them to be one of the hidden dangers that can ruin your garden. Though Hartley Botanic explains that moles can actually help your garden, as they eat insects and provide free fertilizer, their digging can certainly leave behind a significant mess. Moles are particularly frustrating because it can feel like there's no way to get rid of them. Thankfully, a TikTok hack shared by @hyper_kelz highlights an interesting yet simple way that you could deter garden moles using only an alarm clock.

While it seems odd, this device can help to ward off any pesky moles residing in the depths of your garden. It's surprisingly simple to keep your garden mole-free with just an alarm clock, which will deter the creatures with the sound it makes. That way, you can enjoy your garden without any brown humps destroying the view and disrupting the plants. 

Use alarm clocks for garden moles

In their TikTok video, @hyper_kelz shows how you can emulate this trick for yourself using only an alarm clock. The first step is to take a small, battery-powered alarm clock, setting the device so it rings at several different times throughout the day. Depending on how big your mole problem is, it's a good idea to use multiple alarm clocks rather than just one, and tactically place them around your garden. Your best bet is to dig your holes in or in close proximity to the mole hole so the sound is likely to be heard. Then go ahead and bury the clocks. However, you should ensure that you can remember where you've placed them as you'll need to dig them back up. A good tip is to mark the holes you make with a stick poking out of the ground.

While this trick can be effective, it is important to note that it may not resolve the problem. The Royal Horticultural Society explains that the alarm clocks may just send the mole to another part of the garden, particularly if you're only using one clock. In that case, you may need to rely on other measures, including mole netting and mole repellants.

Why are alarm clocks so powerful when deterring moles?

Alarm clocks are so powerful at repelling moles because they hate the noise that the devices emit. According to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, moles are especially sensitive to sonic repellants as they have sensitive hearing. However, while moles are sensitive to sonic stimuli, they can also get used to strange sounds quickly, so using this method may not repel moles over the long-term. To see if the trick is working, you will have to keep a close eye on things.

According to @scotts_lawn on TikTok, an easy way to assess how the technique is working is to "step down on the active tunnels" and then go back and note which ones have risen up again after being flattened. This should help you to detect if there's any sneaky mole activity still occurring. If there appears to still be active moles in your garden, you can try planting clocks nearer to the tunnels. If you're sure the mole has heard the clock and it's still not working, it may be time to look at other methods of getting rid of moles from your garden.