Just wanted to pass this on to folks who have trouble with moles. Our
sidewalk was brick laid in sand, and periodically a few bricks---or a
bunch of 'em--- would be heaved up by moles.
Four years ago I laid a new sidewalk, new pavers in sand. Before
laying the pavers, I dug a trench a few inches deep down the middle of
the sand, for its entire 60' length. Poured about two gallons of
castor oil (supposedly repels moles) in that trench. Waited for it to
be absorbed. Smoothed over the sand and placed the pavers. Since then
there hasn't been a single paver heaved up by moles. Unfortunately the
beasties still show up in other areas of the yard, but I don't really
care as long as they don't mess up the sidewalk. And occasionally
Shadow the cat finds one and plays with it.... <grin>
Castor oil can be had from soapmaking suppliers. If memory serves I
paid about $80 for a five-gallon bucket.
Hope this helps -- Terry
Yes grubs are a delicacy for moles. Get rid of grubs and moles will go to
other yards. But if not available nearby, moles will choose earthworms as
Grubs are delicacy of another animal considered a pest - skunk. People
swear at skunks for digging. Let them dig. THey are doing youo a favor
getting grubs. The mess they make can be raked over and grass will grow.
The grubs left there will kill the roots of large grass areas, partial
yards and entire yards if left untreated. That is permanent until
Recommend "milky spore". Takes a year or so to take effect but can last a
decade. It is all natural and spreads itself. When grubs eat it it
crystalizes them. Decomposed grub is then all milky spores. Bit pricey at
initial onset but avg over 10 yrs compared to bags of useless shit and
it's dirt cheap.
Grubs go away, moles go away, skunks go away. Keep the cat though. Field
mice can smell them. Take up residence elsewhere or become headless.
Initially read about it on a university extension service site.
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Neighboorhood had this issue. Houses against woods. All sand. Moles
tearing up some pretty nice lawns. Someone dumps cat in neighborhood.
Figure because cat was spraying (well yeahhhh, unneutered male). Cat very
friendly. Great attitude but stinks bad. So I take it and get neutered.
Of course stink goes away and we have a new one critter cleanup crew. He
rids 4 yards of every mole. Only problem is he brought all the "kills"
home to us. Again, their nature.
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