Remedy To Get Rid Of Ground Moles - Sprinkle laundry soap powder in the areas of your lawn you are seeing the moles and
their damage. Soak area with water. You may want to test a small area of your yard first to make sure the soap powder does
not harm your grass.
Around the home, damage from a mole consists mainly
of tunnels in yards, gardens, and flower beds. These tunnels form ridges in the soil as the moles search for food. Many people
are surprised to learn that moles are not rodents they are actually insect eaters related to shrews. This publication
is designed to provide information on the characteristics of a mole, as well as ways to get rid of moles
What does a mole look like. They are 6 to 7 inches long and weigh 3 to 4 ounces. Moles are well adapted
for their tunneling lifestyle, with pointed noses that protrude about inch beyond their mouth, small eyes and ear openings,
and large front feet. The feet are webbed and have sharp claws to aid in digging.
They have big appetites
and will eat more than their body weight in a single day. Moles will eat grubs, earthworms, beetles, and larvae
from your lawn.
Moles will live alone, although females , adults and young may share the same burrow. The tunnels
that the they make in the ground while searching for food may be used only once or may be traveled repeatedly. A
mole may be active in your yard or garden during any time of the day and seem to prefer cool, moist soil (the same
as that preferred by grubs and earthworms).
Contrary to popular belief, they do not eat the bulbs
of flowers and vegetables. In fact, they may benefit these plants by feeding on grubs and worms that can damage them. However,
the tunneling activities of a mole may disfigure lawns and gardens. Since the damage is usually isolated and of little economic
consequence, localized control techniques are more practical to stop them than a wholesale eradication program.
QUESTION: I have a bad mole problem in my front yard around my flower beds.What is the best way to exterminate them
-- Repellents and toxicant are sometimes effective for controlling moles. One difficulty associated with toxicant is to
get a mole to accept the bait. Lethal or biological control efforts are the most effective way to kill them.
Control With Traps--Lethal traps are usually of three types: harpoon, scissor-jawed,
and a choker device. Any of these will get rid of them if set properly but are a very inhumane type of extermination.
To find out which tunnels are being used, first flatten them by stepping on them or by using a lawn roller. This will allow
you to tell which tunnels in your lawn are being used by moles, as new ones will appear the next day. Only use traps
as a last resort.
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Ground Mole Questions
We have a lot of mole hill or tunnels. How do you tell which one is active to get rid of moles. Which is the best treatment
if you have a lot of tunnels.
SUBJECT: Re: Getting rid of moles
Hi, Thanks for your email
If you rake over all the mole hills and holes with a garden rake, or plug their holes with dirt, the ones that are built
back up or unplugged over the next few days are the active areas. Probably the best repellent to use that will cover a large
area is the type you apply with a garden hose.