Although moles are small, they are a huge agricultural pest - let alone what a mole can do to your lawn! Fortunately, there are mole control methods. One that I highly recommend is Ultimate Mole Control - it explains how to remove moles quickly and easily.
What are moles?
Moles burrow in gardens and lawns. Not only do they leave molehills behind, but those dreadful tunnels that can be dangerous to walk on. Their tunneling can reduce the size and yield of crops, as well as promote weed growth. A mole is about six to eight inches long and weighs between three to six ounces. Moles are very strong for their size and they are great tunnel diggers. They can tunnel about 18 feet in an hour. Moles have one litter of two to six babies every year. Moles nurse their young, which makes them mammals. Moles do not hibernate. This means they can cause damage to your lawn year round if you don't actively participate in their removal.
What do moles eat?
Contrary to what many people think, moles do not eat plants. Moles usually feast on grub worms and earthworms, and they can occasionally eat a small mouse. It may look like they eat plants, because the mole tunnelling can kill plants.
So, how can I get rid of moles? Well, there are several ways to get rid of moles. Here are some of my favorite mole extermination methods:
- Get rid of mole food. Moles eat grub worms that are in the soil. If you want to get rid of your moles, you should start by getting rid of the grub worms that are in your soil. However, moles also eat earthworms, so they may choose to stay.
- Scare moles away. Another way to get rid of moles is through ultrasonic devices. They work by creating a high pitched sound that makes a mole think there is another mole in the area. Because moles are very territorial, if another mole is in the area, they will often leave. This is a form of electronic pest control - it can be more expensive than some other mole removal methods.
- Mole repellent. Mole repellents work by spraying the ground with a repellent that changes the taste of the grubs so that the mole moves along to find a tastier yard.
- Kill moles with poison. Mole poison in a spray or pellet form can be applied to the mole tunnels. However, if you see the mole carcass, you should place it in a plastic bag and throw it away. If your cats or dogs chew or eat a poisoned mole, they could become ill and die.
- Mole traps are the most effective mole extermination strategy. Trapping is by far the most effective way to get rid of moles. However, you cannot use gopher traps. You should use the proper equipment, such as Nomol, Nash or scissor traps; these mole traps will only cause minimal damage to your lawn. Mole trap prices start at $9.99, and go up from there. (You may need multiple traps.)
- DIY mole poison. You can make a homemade solution to kill moles if you do not want to go to the trouble of traps. Mix one-cup of Murphy's Oil Soap with one ounce of castor oil and a quarter cup cayenne pepper. Mix these three ingredients with water to make a two to one mixture. Use a garden sprayer and spray the area where the mole travels. You can also pour this mixtue into the mole's tunnel. Be careful when working with this homemade mole killer. Do not allow it to get into your eyes.
Good luck getting rid of moles! With all of these methods, you and your lawn should start looking a lot less like a whack-a-mole game in no time.