Where we live, there is an empty house next door with a huge mol
problem. The bark garden has so many molehills they have joine
together and it looks like someone has been digging trenches. I've use
every kind of mole repellant to repel their occasional forays over ou
side of the fence, but today I have decided that enough is enough an
thought I'd check out a gardening message board for some exper
Does anyone on here know the most effective way to kill them when the
come over to my back garden under the fence? I want every last one o
them, and their children, dead. Not diverted to next door for a mont
or so until they have another go. Dead. Never to return again. Decease
- though preferably not pushing up the daisies...
Any advice would be welcome. On registering I did a quick search fo
"moles" and saw one of these recommended on another threa
Can anyone else vouch for their effectiveness? Would some kind o
warfarin based/rat poison type bait be more effective? At the moment
I'm seriously considering sticking a few bangers down the holes an
hoping they die of shock!
There is a very good reason the highest paid and most respected 'craft'
in olden times was molecatcher.
Here's my take on it;
2. Talpirid aka Tomcat
3. Giant Destroyer
6. Lawnmower exhaust
Each of the above have the potential to work, but each comes with
problems and risks. Then of course, a mole may just move in again next
spring. A mole has a large territory and is solitary. Unless they are
breeding or a female is raising pups - there is only one. They mostly
eat worms. They do not eat plants. They will abandon a set of tunnels
when the area is sparse in worms, so 3-4 of the above approaches require
close observation for present activity. numbers 5 and 6(which is my own,
as yet untesed, idea) have the risk that gasses could collect in
basements or the drainage/sewer system. Number 4 is very - uh - dramatic
and maybe not sutable for urban settinsg (see the videos at the website).
Good luck. I just gave mine a name and consider it an invisible pet.
the other stuff, repellents, windmills, sonic chasers,etc. are probably
Thanks for the advice, that's really useful. If they are solitary the
I will try and give (1) a go. If my luck's in then I'll get him
otherwise I might have to think about naming him like you have!
In the longer run I think I might invest in a fence with a concret
base once I'm sure they have left my side of the boundary..
I have used poison bait, gas grenades and two kinds of mole traps - I have
not tried the lawn spray that kills insects and worms to get rid of moles.
My father's old spring-loaded vertical trap worked best - a new one was kind
of weak - because it couldn't drive itself into the soil, I had to make
holes for the prongs and then retract and set it.
Gas grenades just annoyed them/it.
They/it stuck up their noses at the bait pellets - although once I got the
mole mid-summer; next year, part way into the year, there was a little
activity near the bait drop spot, and then nothing for the rest of the
year - leading me to believe the new tenant ate last year's bait pellets.
Traps are really the most effective. You can get them at Home Depot for
about $9.00 each. Get the heavy duty metal ones that close like a scissors
when sprung. Find a runway between two mounds. Bury the trap in the mole
runway, make the jaws level with the bottom of the runway so when the mole
is running down the tunnel he'll run into the jaws of the trap. Mound dirt
and grass around the top of the trap so as little light as possible gets in.
Then cover the trap with a plastic plant pot, the 8 to 10 inch size works
well. Then sit back and watch the traps do the work for you.
The other thing to consider is getting rid of whatever the moles are being
attracted to in your lawn. They usually like to eat grubs and other bugs.
And, finally I have found that the moles in my neck of the woods don't care
too much for lawn feritilizer. You might try keeping your lawn fertilized
and see if that works.
Hi we have had good success with a product we sell on our web sit
www.everythingforthegarden it is a sonic product called Solar Mola
that puts pulses into the soil that the moles do not like and thi
keeps them away. I know it does not kill them but with the killin
method you are only buying time as more Moles will invade as they ar
constantly looking for new territory.
We have sold many of them and no complaint so why not try this firs
remember is is solar so no power is needed.
We had some of these for our yard (not the same brand, but a vibrating/sonic
thingie we got at Costco) and they didn't work worth a darn.. We had gophers
that would dig holes right next to it as-if to laugh at me.. We ended up
using the trap called a "Black Hole".. It works great and did them in 95%
of the time on the first try (assuming you place the traps properly).. I've
only had one gopher that was a bit too smart and it took 3-4 tries to get
him, but we had 6-7 gophers that kept eating everything and digging holes
all over our garden and lawn.. I got tired of falling into holes and tripping
and used the black hole after nothing else worked..
If you feel like giving this critter a sporting chance, you might try
using various weeder devices like prongs or weed twisters. Here you
have to hunt and jab the poor creature, but at least you wont pollute
your neighborhood with chemicals. If he gets away from you, maybe he
deserves to live?
The ultimate solution would be to build a deep fence around your yard
that moles can't or won't penetrate. This would require a foundation
or grid of some sort deep enough to block the depth of mole tunnels.
Perhaps someone may contribute their knowledge on the maximum depth of
Rick F. wrote:
We have found that they like straight lines. So a naturalized planting
may be more difficult for the moles. However I always thought it was
the voles that used the mole tunnels that damaged the larger scrubs and
I wrap my "special plants " with gutter guards. Six inch fencing
buried 5 inches. I've a lot of metal in my garden ;)) This is not
perfect but seems to help.
Bill in Mole/Vole turf.
Ps The moles are looking for worms and grubs. My garden is loaded with
worms and grubs due to lots of organic matter. Win some loose some.
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Perhaps another approach may be to guard your flowerbed with an
underground layer of thick wire screens perhaps with 1/2" squares. To
do this you will have to initially dig out your critical area about one
foot deep and lay the wire screen across the bottom and around the
sides making a complete box under ground.
Of course, some moles may be able to chomp through this wire, but
thicker wires are also available.
Has anyone tried something like this?
In my limited experience of killing moles I have found that traps ar
the way to go. A few years back I had a mole problem of my own an
after tying all kinds of vibration alerts and even cat scent found tha
the trap worked superbly
When i plant tulips in the Fall now, i put them in clear plastic pots with
small drainage holes in it and bury the pot in the ground with about an inch
of the pot sticking out above the ground.Haven`t lost any more tulips to moles
with this method.I have tried everything to get rid of the moles including my
cat who was a good catcher for a few years, but i think she is retired from
hunting now.I will try that Blackhole trap soon.Rick
Moles are not interested in vegetation. They feed on invertebrates with
about 70% of their diet being earthworms. The may disturb plants/sod
with tunnels/hills, but won't eat them. Gophers (I dunno about voles?)
The plunger trap is best but learn how to use it. Put the trap in place
and work the points up and down a few times to make holes in the soil
and then set it. Mesh the runs down and select the run they open up
first, it will be the main run. Put a shovel under the trap and lift it
out because you may just have a prong thru its skin.
From Mel & Donnie in Bluebird Valley
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