I live in southeastern Michigan. I have a mole (or maybe gopher?) that
is making burrow runs across my lawn. I want him gone, or dead, don't
care which. What is the preferred method? Do those electronic/ultrasonic
poles that you stick in the ground work? THANKS.
I have a virtual war going on with moles due to freeway (going on for years)
construction driving them under the sound wall and into my and every one
else's backyard. I have tried little pinwheels spinning in the wind, gum,
mole scoot repellant, gopher gas, and poison bate. The best results are
from the poison bate. I based this on trying one method or the other for
period of time and noting hole and tunneling inactivity. The pin wheels
help, but they don't seem to work in large range unless you want to cover
your yard in them. The gum takes a lot of time to do anything; I'm guessing
it takes time to build up inside them. Gas looks neat and it's fun to use,
but I really can't tell if it does anything. Now I want to get the poison
bate by the case since it is starting to add up on me over time. Anyone
know how I could make my own poison bate? It may be harsh, but I have a lot
of them, a lot of them. I would hate to count all the holes. One lady at a
hardware store tried to sell me live traps. With the amount of holes and
tunnels I have in the yard, this would be like taking on a hobby, no a
second job would be more precise. If there are any PETA volunteers out
there, just let me know and I will send you my location. I have so many of
them they occasionally make their way into the walk-out basement window well
and chew up the screen trying to get out. I keep that area covered with
mouse traps covered in peanut butter.
Never used ultrasonic, but heard they are waste of time and batteries.
Never tried bait but it sounds promising. It is fairly costly and rarely
stocked locally but you can find it on internet or certain feed stores.
Here in CA, I've tried mechanical traps, both stabbers and garroters, to no
avail. Smoke bombs are great entertainment but have never *knowingly* got
one that way. Once got one by forcing one to surface with water, got another
by severing one with shovel, as he was making new mole mounds. If you sneak
around during evening and early AM, you can sometimes see the mole hills
progress along the soil. Bash him! Castor oil such as mole-med tends to
drive them from their current hole area, and scatter them a bit, but found
it totally ineffective when diluted as instructed. Just use baster to drop
pure oil into burrow, after punching a few finger holes along its length. I
also stomp on new mounds, so that I can tell next AM where he is active.
Regular stamping does have some effect, as it collapses their feeding runs,
causing them to expend a lot more energy to re-establish their holes so they
can find more worms/grubs that fall into it. Can you tell I'm retired? This
is serious work, but provides form and structure to my gardening life!
Bottom Line - use multiple approaches: reduce target food (grubs/worms),
smash their tunnels, drip in some castor oil, and they will eventually find
a less frustrating yard if you are extremely lucky.
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that's interesting. I tried one of those "ultrasonic" pest repellers, and
it did nothing. The mole poles, however aren't ultrasonic. They just
vibrate. Is that subsonic? My father uses those mole poles, and he swears
by the damn things. He has a pretty small yard, in a residential
neighborhood. If the sound of a highway could drive them into your yard,
wouldn't the vibration from a mole pole drive them somewhere else?
The cat idea doesn't sound half bad to me. Do you just let the cat roam
free? Can one put a cat on a leash and have it perform the job? I don't
have a fence around the yard and I would worry about the cat roaming free.
I have never had a cat, just a dog and they like to wonder into trouble
since there is a leash law here where I live. Let you dog wonder and it's
almost a given you will be buying him back the next day. I wonder if leash
laws apply to cats? Here you don't see either cat or dog walking around
unattended. I'm guessing I would need quite the fence to make a cat work
out for me in this situation.
The only reliable way I was ever able to get rid of moles was to kill of the
food supply that was drawing them to my yard. Treating for grubs in
June/July, other insectoid pests with surface treatments made the
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