How To Get Rid Of Moles

Ever heard the saying do not make a mountain out of a molehill? Well, when it comes to actual molehills, it is worth the mountain of fuss. The experts at Westchester Wildlife write that moles can cause a litany of damage to your yard. First on the list is that the tunnels created by moles provides room for other underground pests to wreak havoc. That's not to mention possible erosion, or even tripping over the molehill yourself. 

The good news is that there are several ways to get rid of the moles in your garden or yard. The bad news, however, is that some of the most effective strategies might be difficult to apply. This is why we spoke about preventing the hidden dangers that are ruining your garden much earlier. 

Not to worry — if you are all repulsed by the idea of dealing with moles or worried about the time and energy it'll take from you, you can always call pest control to do their thing while you sip some cola on the porch. But if you're ready to tackle this task yourself, read on.

Set mole traps

Your go-to mole trap should be a one-way trap, often a carton with just one opening which you'll place out in the yard, very close to the active molehill. So get this: place bait in the trap, leave it open, and sit on the porch. As soon as you notice a disturbance in your one-way trap, slam it shut (unless it does so automatically) and go release the mole far away from your home. Almanac says releasing moles 5 miles away will keep those critters out for good.

Amazing, isn't it? Well, it is not that easy; there are a couple of steps to take before deciding to use a mole trap on the pesky underground mammals troubling your lawn. For one, using traps works best in an active hole. To determine whether or not a hole is active all you have to do is to cover up one of the little mountains, and if by the next day it is open again, bingo! You have an active hole.

There are also traps that can be used once that do not require monitoring. However, this could kill moles, so you first have to check in with the local authorities; Pest Control Products says to ensure that you are legally allowed to use these kinds of mole traps in your specific region.

Eliminate mole food sources

Another tactic you can use to get rid of moles is to simply ensure that they have no food in your landscape, lawn, or garden. Even humans will die from lack of food or relocate, as our ancestors always did; even now, people migrate for greener pastures. What makes you think moles are any different? However, while this may sound like your messiah plan, it's not all that easy. Here's the deal: You might not see results for a while because, in essence, this method is a means to an end.

The main meals for moles are grubs, earthworms, and other kinds of worms, crickets, ants, and insects. To rid them from your yard, Tom Cat Brand suggests that you use items that are essentially made and procured for pest control only. This is because you want to ensure that you do not damage your plants and lush grass in the process.

As soon as you are done with eliminating their meals, the moles will be on their way to finding a new home. You can consider doing this routinely to consistently make your landscape inhospitable for those pesky pests, says Home Depot.

Use plants strategically

We have always thought there is a fix for everything in nature and quite frankly, we keep finding reasons to believe that. To that end, Smith's Pest Management writes that moles heavily dislike certain scents of flowers — mostly the Allium flowers, like daffodils and marigolds.

If you just recently got rid of a mole problem or you're trying to prevent one, growing daffodils and marigolds in your garden is an excellent idea. If growing these flowers from scratch is too stressful you can always just repot blossoms you buy from the store using the instructions stated in our guide to marigolds. This is an amazing addition to your garden and you're killing two birds with one stone, too.

On the flip side, the plants will require ongoing maintenance and care. If you do not think that you can provide the needed care for these flowers on a long-term basis, keep reading on. You'll surely find a tip that works perfectly for you.

Dig a trench

It's time to play beaver. Wait, no, beavers build dams not trenches, but you get the idea! A very practical way to get rid of moles and further prevent them from ravaging your lawn is to create a barrier; dig deep, up to 10 feet into the ground. Cardinal Lawns says you can always do this to separate your garden from your yard. This way, if you have a mole infestation in your yard, they'll most likely not invade your garden as well.

For best results, Garden Seeker says that you should fill the trench with pebbles and little stones before putting the dirt back in. This way, the moles will not be able to do their tunneling past the barrier. Another great technique is to use gopher wires or baskets to form barriers and control mole invasion. This method was recommended by the experts at Smiths Pest Management. Finally, you do not have to use this technique for garden/lawn separation alone; you can always do so at the edges of your property.

Use mole repellent

Moles cannot stand a plethora of smells. To that end, the active ingredients in mole repellent are the bane of those furry animals that have a penchant for crisscrossing and ruining your amazing lawn. Tom Cat recommends a couple of their mole repellent products and suggests that for maximum efficiency, they should be applied monthly while the invasion is still very active. Even after the moles are gone, use these products for up to six months to prevent a re-invasion.

However, if you are rather conscious or concerned about the effects that mole repellent will have on the fertility of your soil and even pre-existing plants, you can always get rid of moles via the way grandma used to. We have all of the recipes.

InquirerNet recommends using castor oil (among other ingredients) because its properties are lethal to the moles; it's either they vacate the premises or they die. Other home ingredients you can employ to boot these furry friends out of your yard include apple cider and even aloe vera.