What Is the Fastest Way to Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard?

Reviewed on 1/7/2021

Fastest way to get rid of moles

Moles are notorious not just for harming your gardens, lawns, and plants
Moles are notorious not just for harming your gardens, lawns, and plants

One of the worst feelings is getting up in the morning to find that your beautifully maintained garden has been made unsightly by various tunnels and mounds made by moles. These small animals mercilessly dig up the garden making it hard for you to maintain its beauty.

Moles are notorious not just for harming your gardens, lawns, and plants but also for raising several health concerns. Moles can bite you and cause infections including rabies. This is especially possible when the bite was unprovoked. Moreover, moles can spread several parasites that can harm humans and animals. These parasites include fleas, mites, and ticks that can cause various diseases to you or your pets. Because these wild animals stay underground, it can be difficult (at times) to get rid of them. You can take help from professionals who deal with pest control to get rid of them quickly and effectively.

Some of the tips that can help you get rid of moles include:

  • Mole trap: A mole-specific trap is considered the most effective way to get rid of moles. The animal gets trapped and killed in the trap. Both above-ground and below-ground traps are available for moles in the market. These traps come with instructions that need to be followed for faster and better results. You should keep changing the positions of these traps from time to time. Because these traps kill the moles, they are banned in some places. You may need to seek a permit for using the traps that kill moles.
  • Baits: Moles feed upon earthworms and grubs. They can be used as baits for moles. Mole baits infused with poisons are shaped as earthworms or grubs. Moles are attracted to these baits and get poisoned eventually. Another way to use bait is by placing an earthworm or a grub in a box with a one-way door on each side. This is a more humane method because the bait will not poison the mole. The trap can be inspected from time to time so that mole may be released at a faraway place.
  • Remove the food for moles: Moles feed on various garden insects, such as earthworms, crickets, and grubs. Using various methods to repel or control these insects will help you to keep the moles away.
  • Mole repellants: Several mole repellants are available to keep away these animals. These repellants produce certain smells that keep away the moles. Mole repellents must be used generously and regularly (at monthly intervals) to reduce mole activity in your lawn or garden. Because moles can dig deep, they can avoid these repellents and stay underground. Thus, using repellents alone may not be enough to remove all the moles effectively. An easy-to-prepare repellent for moles is castor oil. It keeps the moles away, and its regular use can help get rid of these animals. Besides castor oil, tar can also be used as a repellent. You can take a small object, such as a piece of wood, and dip it in tar. Place such tar-dipped objects at various sites in the molehills and tunnels. Other repellents that you can use include tobacco, cayenne or red pepper, and coffee grounds.
  • Gassing: You need to use store-bought gas bombs that poison the moles for this method. Gas bombs must be placed at entrances to the mole tunnels. The gas bombs release poisonous gases in the mole tunnels to kill them. They should be used as per the instructions depending upon the size of the area to be treated and the number of mole tunnels present. As with any store-bought poisons, you should read all the instructions thoroughly. If you have outdoor pets, there may be special instructions to keep them inside for a certain amount of time while the poison is being released.

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References
Pests.org. How To Get Rid of Moles. https://www.pests.org/get-rid-of-moles/

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