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Just a Few Molehills
Moles in Your Yard - Oh, No!
You take pride in your yard and your garden, but one day you notice a raised area in the lawn or under the mulch or in a flower bed. Ack, it's moles! Naturally, you want a quick solution to save your precious plants or your carefully tended lawn.
I felt the same way when I noticed tunnels running through my planting areas and then under a mulched pathway. Being a librarian, I researched ways of repelling moles. I'll share my findings with you here.
My Experience with Moles
Several weeks ago, I noticed some raised sections of dirt and mulch in my garden. They looked suspiciously like mole tunnels. I flattened them with my foot.
Each day as I enjoyed my flowers and strolled about the garden, I'd notice the mole tunnels showing up in new areas. The critter wasn't going away.
Since wishful thinking hadn't taken care of the little pest, I started browsing online for solutions. One advised spraying castor oil on the ground and plants. It said they would go away for a month or 6 weeks.
I'm a lazy gardener and didn't want to mess around with a sprayer and hose. Check out what I found. The information below shows how it worked for me.
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What I'm Using Now - to Drive away the Moles
After all the online research, I checked the pest section at Home Depot. That gave me a chance to read the warning labels on the packages and see how complicated the application might be.
One that seemed simple to use and without lots of drawbacks was the Mole & Gopher Sonic Spike made by Sweeney's.
The gadget was solar powered, so no need for batteries. Not cheap. It was $19, but the other methods are pricey too. Think of how much you have invested in your plantings and yard care. You want to protect that investment.
Back at home, I peeled off the plastic protector so it could start absorbing sunlight. Using my garden tool, I made a hole to stick the plastic spike into the ground. You have to be careful not to break off the solar collector on the top.
Immediately it started making a mechanical sound every 30 seconds. This radiates through the ground for for a 95 foot radius. Supposedly the moles don't like it and will leave after a week or two.
The sound is audible to me but not annoyingly so. It can take a week or so to drive away the moles.
Sonic Spikes to Rid Your Garden of Moles
A single spike treats an area of about 7,500 square feet. That means it radiates out with the sonic pulse in a circular pattern for about 50 feet in all directions. I'm featuring a double package here, presuming you have a good sized area to cover.
That's the way it works in optimum situations. Dry, sandy and peat soils don't allow the pulses to carry as far. The package warns that the pulse needs unobstructed soil to work right, so if you have a huge sewer pipe, it will block the pulse.
I only bought one spike, but since our yard is so big, I wish I'd bought two.
UPDATE: apparently the one spike was enough as the mole left after just a couple of days. No more tunnels. I left the spike active for the final month of summer and the mole never returned.
Now, I've turned it off for the winter and stored it with my gardening supplies. I'll be ready if Mr. Mole shows up next summer.
2nd Year of Using the Sonic Spike
I noticed a mole tunnel, so I hunted out my spike from last summer. When I turned it on, it started right away making its tone. Amazing that it held the power over the winter in my garden storage bin.
It's in place now and soon I expect the mole(s) to decamp and head for the neighbor's yard. "Sorry, Theresa and Phil."
Learn More about Using Sonic Spikes - to Repel Moles
The first video reviews the Sweeney's Sonic Spikes.
The second video shows someone catching a mole by hand. Not my idea of a safe way to get rid of moles. I imagine that they bite when cornered.
Video Review of Sweeney's Sonic Spikes for Moles and Gophers
Get Rid of the Grubs That Attract Pesky Moles
The food source that moles and voles are mostly looking for is grubs. A friend found that if she used Milky Spore in a couple of areas that it helped do away with the grubs. She said, "it is natural and safe for kids, animals, and plants."
For a change, she was thinking about using nematodes this year. The milky spore no longer seemed to be working, but it's been about 10 years since she put that down. I thought that sounded good if a preventive method worked for almost 10 years.
Where can you get milky spore?
Check your hardware or gardening store or try on Amazon.
What is it?
Milky spore is actually a microscopic bacterium. The bacteria eat the grubs in the soil. Without the grubs to attract them, the moles, voles, and gophers look for a new place to live.
Peppermint for Pests
This was going to be my next method if the sonic spike didn't work. Friends recommended spraying peppermint oil around the garden. Sounds pleasant, but maybe not, if you are a mole.
Here's Another Mole
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Here's What a Mole Looks Like
Maybe you've tried one of the methods above and can recommend it or let us know if it wasn't successful for you. Maybe you've developed your own unique solution. Let's hear about it.
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