Moles: How to Rid Your Yard Of Them
No Need for Killing Traps, Technology Saves the Day
I was mowing the lawn two days ago and spotted one of these brown/grey little animals with pink feet moving quickly away from the sound of the mower and through the grass. It was a common mole, and I knew exactly why my lawn has had bumps and lumps, and mounds of dirt piled up here and there.
It's from these little creatures that we get the saying, "Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill," dating back to Tudor times. That's because a mole pushes up a low mound of dirt that appears in your lawn. It's usually where two mole tunnels converge, but not always. These tunnels and mounds are unsightly and can make for depressions that can trip you up if you step just right on a mole tunnel. Moles love to eat earthworms, so their tunnels are designed to let worms drop into them, at which point the mole grabs it up for a tasty meal.
How to get rid of moles is an ages-old problem. There are mole traps that act like guillotines. There are bear-claw traps that can be placed in a spot under the mound where two tunnels converge. You can try throwing moth balls in your yard and around your garden. Moles hate the smell of them. You can plant marigolds, daffodils, and alliums to keep moles away from a garden, but they don't work for larger lawns. You can also mix castor oil with Murphy's Oil Soap and spray it on your lawn. This may work until the next rain. Ultimately, it's hard to trap and hard to get rid of these pesky little mammals that often have the run of our lawns and gardens, making tunnels and mounds that are unsightly at best, and might trip you up as you sink into a depression as you walk, play catch, or even just mow the lawn.
A mole at the top of its mound. A small dirt hill to us, but likely a mountain to the mole!
Thankfully, technology comes to the rescue with a sonic, solar-powered mole/gopher/vole repellant in the form of a spike with a solar panel top and embedded LED for night lighting. If you can find one without the LED, buy it, because it won't use as much electricity, and a sunny day's charge will last much longer. You stick these little spikes into the ground and forget them. They emit a frequency that moles can't stand. As I've learned from two farmers, these things work, and they work well.
A quick Google search for "Solar Mole Repellant" will get you hundreds of hits. Choosing from the many can be a chore, so have a Look Here, for a review of the Top 10 solar mole repellants. They'll cost you around $10 to $20 each, and should take care of about 800 square feet of lawn per repellant spike, in some cases more.
As one farmer said to me about his appreciation for the sonic spikes, "I have no idea where the little critters go, but they're out of my hair and gardens—and I don't ask my neighbors." Oh, and I should add, moles are very territorial, so all those mounds and tunnels in your yard are likely made by just one mole. Get rid of one and you'll likely be done! (An outdoor cat is another good option, but getting a pet for one specific purpose is not the route for everyone.)
I guess that about sums it up. Forget the traps and the showy flowers, the moth balls and the special mixes to shower your lawn (unless, of course, you want flowers for their beauty). As far as ridding your lawn and garden of pesky moles goes, the sonic spike is the choice to get the job done.
Dave Celone writes for the dailyuv.com under the moniker Poetic Licence. Tune into his posts (for free!) by Clicking Here or by visiting this link: http://dailyuv.us11.listmanage.com/subscribeu=3b0a3ea19ca8d7b499b2203de&id=8d286dabb7.