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Tips on How to Get Rid of Moles in your Yard

Updated on December 2, 2011

Moles are strange looking creatures and on the one hand very cute looking but on the other, pretty destructive of lawns and gardens but if you want to know how to get rid of moles in your yard, there are a wide choice of methods available.

Now, as a more or less vegetarian, I’m not about to condone killing these creatures and really, there is no need to do as they are quite easy to catch then all you have to do is to pop them in a bucket and take them away from your property before releasing them.


Getting Rid of Moles in your Garden

But how do you catch these moles in the first instance?

Unlike some ‘pests’ it’s very easy to detect that you have moles in your yard; those mounds of earth are somewhat of a giveaway but they also enable you to catch the creatures. One of the simplest methods is to simply flatten the molehills down with a spade and keep an eye on it to see if it moves soon after. If it doesn’t then this probably means that the mole has abandoned that tunnel and gone elsewhere but if it starts moving, then it means that the mole is rebuilding his tunnel which you have just collapsed. If it starts to move then the mole will be pretty close to the surface so simply dig your spade in about a foot behind the molehill and dig the creature out and pop him in a bucket. It is a good idea to wear thick gloves too as they do have sharp teeth.

That is perhaps the most basic method of how to get rid of moles in your yard but other methods are reputed to work well too and don’t require the hard work of the above method.

Castor oil is a well known mole repellent so a little of this added to water in a watering can and sprinkled regularly on the lawn will help to deter them. You can add other substances such as chilli powder, garlic or perhaps a little vinegar; in essence anything that has a strong smell is likely to deter the moles as it prevents them from finding the worms which they feed on.

You can also buy a gadget which you place in the ground and causes vibrations which the moles interpret as human activity on the surface. These are cheap and effective and often solar powered too. One person I know swears by a small mp3 player and plays death metal on it... apparently not a mole’s favourite music!

Moles also tend to be individual creatures so if you manage to catch one, there is a good chance that it may be the only one in your yard and should stop any further damage being done.

I hope that the above tips on how to get rid of moles in your yard come in useful anyway and that you have a nice molehill free lawn to enjoy.


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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      The method I've always heard, but would never be able to bring myself to do, is watch for the ground to move and then stab it with a pitch fork. Horrible. :(