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I have a mole at the top of my garden. The first hill appeared about 10
days ago and the second, nearby, a couple of days ago. Both in lawn.
What should I do? Our garden is intended to encourage wildlife but hills
all over the grass doesn't seem to me to be a friendly hello from a
visitor. Do the sonic repellents work or do I have to insert a trap in a
tunnel and take it far away?
In article , SimonW@ag&r$vo.f$3o&m
I have to say I had always wondered what the fuss was about (not having
moles here!) but have recently visited a cousin up near Cambridge who has
moles, heaps are no problem, but walking across her grass was like
walking on a water bed it was so undermined.
What ever you chose to do just bear in mind that as soon as one mole
moves out another will soon occupy the vacant territory, so a sonic
deterant may be worth a go, mixed views on here, from wonderfull, to,
does nothing at all.
If you want to get rid of the mole read this before you do anything...
's written by DEFRA the government agengy. We had mole problems for years
and I wasted a lot of money on ultrasonic and other devices that simply
don't work. Then I googled for advice and found this report and other web
sites that say the same thing. Basically the only solution is trapping or
poisioning and if I remember correctly there is no currently licenced poison
for moles in the UK.
I've tried two traps...
've never caught a mole with the sissor traps but the barrel traps have
been remarkably effective and have eliminated the 7 moles from our garden
and padock (sorry mr Mole but you cause too much damage). Both types are
made from wire and metal and may need adjusting/bending to adjust the
sensitivity/shape There is also a knack to setting them and getting them in
the ground without getting your fingers trapped. The main advantage of the
barrel trap is it has a metal plate that stops dirt falling into their
tunnel when you cover it over.
I got five traps from ebay for a few pounds each . I probably wasted £100 on
ultrasonics and batteries that don't work before I gave up on those. The
DEFRA report make clear why they don't work.
Large wooden Mallet and a deck chair, sit at night in said chair and wait
for heap to start to appear then belt with mallet.
We tried the sonic device with no luck, luckily they/it seems to have moved
on this year.
In article , Si says...
I've tried virtually all the remedies for getting rid of
moles from traps to poison to gassing to petrol down the
holes etc etc. Frankly the best you can hope for is the
particular mole will move on or die. However, if you are
surrounded by fields as we are, then more moles simply take
their place. They are territorial, so a vacant plot soon
gets a new resident.
I've given up trying to get rid of them now. It just means
putting up with the lawns looking unsightly and having to
walk with caution as the ground is so uneven - a twisted
ankle or a fall for the more elderly being a distinct
On the plus side, fresh mole hills contain lots of really
fine soil - ideal for mixing with cheap potting compost
from garden centres for potting on garden plants etc.
"CWatters" wrote in
Indeed. Trapping works, and is easy to do. The tunnels are only a few
inches below the surface and can be readily located. There is usually a
main tunnel with branches; the approx location of the main tunnel can
be seen by the line of molehills and the exact location found by
probing with a pointed stake or similar. Dig out and clear a very short
section [I found a trowel + tablespoon (for clearing the actual tunnel
you have broken into) to be useful].
I used scissor traps very succesfully but YMMV. They were of a
different design to that linked to on eBay and similar to the 'Sure
Grip' design shown here:
I ordered them by phone from a company advertising on-line (but can't
remember who) - they are readily available in hardware stores, garden
Aside: despite the cuddly image, moles are nasty, vicous, solitary and
cannibalistic creatures. They even eat their own young if they hang
around too long. Indeed, one reason that poison is effective is that an
incoming mole entering a vacated tunnel network will eat the poisoned
corpse of the previous occupant. Just thought you'd like to know...
Hope this helps
Tough luck, been there done that got the uneven lawn. SWMBO reckoned over
thirty mole hills at the height of last summer.....
Forget the sonic repellents, they don't work, and may actually work against
you, as does the old wives' tale about sticking windmills in the ground coz
they don't like the vibrations. All that does is to tend to bring the worms
up close to the surface, so the runs are closer to the surface which tends
to make the lawn more uneven.
Had a mole catcher when we had our first troubles some years ago, two or
three years with LOTS of pellets dropped down the mole hills into the runs,
no effect whatsoever. In the end they just went on their way.
The last lot we had, last summer, was a family. In the end we got them with
traps. DON'T use the so-called 'humane' traps, which are supposed to let
you catch them live and release them a long way off. Moles need to eat
continuously, and will actually starve within two or three hours if they
are confined in a trap. Use traps that actually polish them off there and
then. Much better to kill them off immediately than let them starve.
Oh, and cats don't work. Ours just sit and look at the mole hills
which can be set without any digging and give visual feedback when they
have been triggered.
But I also found that filling in the main run - by lifting up the turf
along its full length, filling with sand and topsoil and replacing the
turf - seemed to send the moles elsewhere. They certainly didn't
excavate the same tunnel again -- although they might just choose
another route across the lawn.
Another trick I will try if the varmits come back is to block off the
side of the lawn they usually come in (from (the field next door) with
some roof slates buried vertically along the lawn edge. They don't like
going too deep and may go somewhere else if they can't find an easy
route across your lawn.
. . . and our cats reckon mole hills work great as cat-loos! Nice even
thin soil in which it is easy to make a little hole for poo or a
pee-pee! :-) We watch out cats go from mole hil to mole hill in an
adjacent field! "Nah, used that one yesterday!"
Si, I have given up on moles, I have had sonic do dahs, windmills,
sticks poked down the run, traps, and finally a man to come in and use
poisoned worms - they are still pushing up the earth - I have learned
to live with them - they can stay, I will just move the piles of
earth, it is much easier than all the attempts I have made so far to
Agreed. Don't muck about with sonic repellents - ours appeared to work
for a week, then ended up in the middle of a faerie ring of new
molehills. I tried a scissor trap that I got from my dad, that he got
from an antique shop (!), and claimed to have caught a couple of moles
with. It got set off twice, but on each occasion was empty. Bought
three traps from this lot:
(with whom I have no connection, by the way), and within a couple days
we'd got a mole. If it wasn't dark and 'orrible outside I'd be going
to check whether there were any more of the blighters.
You can't pussyfoot about with moles. Either you decide you're going
to put up with them, or you have to get rid with extreme prejudice. I
took the benign attitude for a bit, then decided that if I didn't do
something, next summer they wouldn't be tunnelling so much as riding
about the lawn on little motocross bikes. I'm tripping over the ground
just walking to the shed, so obviously took too long to come to this
In article , geraldthehamster says...
One of the worse aspect of moles is the unseen tunnels just
below the surface. I've had one or two jarred ankles while
pushing the mower along and the ground gives way under
foot. They sometimes bring little rocks to the surface too
which hit the mower blades.