- How to deter moles
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The battle between moles and gardeners
is a long running one and likely to continue as long as there are moles
and gardeners. Moles can spoil lawns and their runs can undermine
plants in borders. They spend most of their life underground and a single
family can occupy up to half an acre of land. Burrowing activity is
at a peak in the spring while the parents find food for the new litter
of baby moles (can't find what a baby mole is called - think it
might be a kitten). The chances are that if you have moles, you will
never actually see any of them face to face - just their destructive
Moles are carnivores and feed on worms
and grubs that they find in the soil, they don't feed on plants
and damage them only coincidentally as they burrow past.
Traditionally moles were removed from
a site by a mole catcher in a battle of wits whereby he inserted traps
into runs in the evening and returned the next day to see how many he
had caught. This is still an option for gardeners though many people
find it distasteful today as the mole is killed. There is also the disadvantage
that the garden is now missing any resident moles and the chances are
that another family will move in to take the place of the deceased ones!
There are a whole range
of chemical deterrents available that can be put down the mole run such
- Chanel No.5
- I've never believed this one, I mean who would
actually try it? and anyway you'd try some old cheap
- Renardine, soak
cloth or tissue in the liquid and poke into the runs
with a dibber or similar
Castor oil can also be used on the ground.
When the moles food is seasoned with castor oil, they will go elsewhere
for meals. (Wouldn't you?) Mix up a spray of 3 parts castor oil
to 1 part dish detergent; use 4 tablespoons of this concoction in a
gallon of water, and soak the tunnels and the entrances. Check your
soil for the presence of pests; if you have a lot of moles, you probably
have an oversupply of grubs and bugs.
Received by email
A pest man told us to get
several packages of "Juicy Fruit" gum.
Has to be Juicy Fruit, and cut it in small pieces and put
it into the mole area. We could not believe it but had tried
so many things. IT WORKS!!!
More modern methods involve
the use of a sonic deterrent, which emit bursts of sounds on a regular
basis that the moles find off putting and leave. The results of this
method however are not instant and devices need to be kept running for
4 to 6 months. There is also the problem that when you stop, the moles
may come back.
This high powered sonic
mole repeller is perfect for getting rid of moles in lawns,
bowling greens, golf courses, flower beds, vegetable gardens
and allotments. They are safe to use near children and family
pests and are chemical-free.
Most underground rodents have poor eyesight,
but have excellent hearing and they can detect even the
slightest vibration in the ground, which warn them of impending
danger. The Mole Repeller creates low frequency ground vibrations
that make it uncomfortable for them to remain in the area.
The Mole Repeller will work on all soils
but heavier clay soils are better for transmitting the signal
so they will give the maximum coverage of 836 sq m (9,000
With a new set of alkaline batteries the
Mole Repeller will keep your garden mole free for about
Nipper Mole Trap -
Little Nipper mole trap is an old fashioned but effective
way to catch moles. The trap is easy to set by placing the
trap inside the mole run with the handles outside. Then
the hole is covered excluding all light to the run and when
a mole has been caught the handles of the trap will spring