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Get Rid of Moles

Updated on August 19, 2015
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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.

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.


Lost Mole Cards by davesphotographics (from Zazzle)

My New Hampshire vegetable garden. Doesn't it look great? You can see why it upset me when moles started tunneling here.
My New Hampshire vegetable garden. Doesn't it look great? You can see why it upset me when moles started tunneling here. | Source

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.

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

Alternate Products for Getting Rid of Moles

These are methods that I've seen recommended. I haven't tried these out.

There are plenty of reviews on Amazon, so click on the picture if you want to read those.

Bonide 692150 Mole Max and Vole Repellent Granules, 10-Pound
Bonide 692150 Mole Max and Vole Repellent Granules, 10-Pound

This product is granular and should be easy to sprinkle around the area you want to protect.

 

I'm Not Sure I'm Brave Enough to Catch a Mole by Hand

Peppermint for Pests

This was going to be my next method if the sonic spike didn't work.

Spray Away the Moles with This

Gallon of Castor Oil to Spray on the Yard

Lawn Mole Castor Oil, MolEvict, Gallon
Lawn Mole Castor Oil, MolEvict, Gallon

This is applied by filling a reservoir, attaching that to a garden hose to spray around your property.

I have one of those sprayer attachments for the hose, and this would be pretty easy to do. Our lot is about a quarter acre, but I mainly want to protect the planting beds.

 

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These methods are more final, resulting in the death of the mole.

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Bonide Mole Killer

Bonide 697 Mole And Gopher Killer 8 oz
Bonide 697 Mole And Gopher Killer 8 oz

A couple of states do not allow the use of this, so read the seller's statement on Amazon before ordering.

Most of the reviewers on Amazon found it effective. Keep it mind that it kills the critter. If you have a pet, like a cat or dog, that might find the dead animal and eat it, then this is not for you.

 

Here's What a Mole Looks Like

I found this fellow when I was out for a walk one day. I'm not sure what killed the little creature. Maybe it was a cat or old age or some sort of poison.
I found this fellow when I was out for a walk one day. I'm not sure what killed the little creature. Maybe it was a cat or old age or some sort of poison. | Source

Gas in the Mole's Tunnels

The Giant Destroyer, 4 tubes, 2 oz
The Giant Destroyer, 4 tubes, 2 oz

With this product, you identify the tunnel, insert the bomb, light the fuse and be prepared to fill holes where the gas escapes.

 

Here's a Mole Emerging from Its Tunnel

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Photo Credit:
Small mole post cards by uniqueartdesigns (a Zazzle card)


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.

© 2014 Virginia Allain

Tell Me about Your Mole Problems - And What You've Used to Drive Them Away

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      Les Trois Chenes 18 months ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Aw - poor little things! I have lots of moles and like to think of them as part of the rich wildlife of the garden. I am especially keen on them when I need soil for potting plants but the best thing about moles is that mine seem to produce EXACTLY the right amount of soil to fill in all the holes that my dog digs in the garden.

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting. I don't have moles now but years ago they ate up so many of my expensive bulbs and it seemed nothing I tried worked so if I see any I will certainly remember this. Thanks!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I don't think we even have moles here in Southern California, not that I've heard of anyway. We do have gophers, and I got rid of them using the nuclear option of poison pellets. Poor little things, but I know how they can destroy a garden. Next time perhaps I will try the sonic treatment and see what happens. Great hub.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      We depend on our cats to help us out. I've tried a few things, but haven't found anything that works that well. I haven't tried the sonic spike yet though.

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      javr 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      We had them once in Washington State. Luckily they are not present on Vancouver Island.

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      Barbara Walton 2 years ago from France

      Sorry but I've learned to live with my moles. I've noticed that they throw up EXACTLY the right amount of soil to fill in the holes the dog digs. And what about all that good work they do turning and aeriating the soil? Plus, they are soooo cute!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I don't know which is worse: the groundhogs or the moles. They must have quite an underground party going on at our house.

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      gottaloveit2 2 years ago

      I think I'm one of the few people who had a soft heart for moles. I just think they're adorable. I've learned to live with the little suckers.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      Works for Gophers too. If you have a small space to care for you can also use whirly gigs as well.

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      Angela F 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I haven't had to deal with them so far - let's hope it stays that way.

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