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What to do About Moles in the Garden

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 27 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Mole Prevention Dealing With Garden

Moles in the garden are not harmful as such, but they can make a right mess of your garden by the tunnels and chamber systems they dig. They are attracted to gardens because of the earthworms and other insects that live beneath the soil but they are not harmful to plants and roots – the havoc they can wreak upon your garden is simply a by-product of the kind of lifestyle they lead.

There are several different methods of dealing with moles and ways in which you can deter them from using you garden in the first place.

Trapping
You can buy different variations of humane mole traps from a good garden centre but they can have their drawbacks. Firstly, to work effectively, it’s usually advised that you have the traps set by an expert, which will cost you extra money and it’s not really a long-term solution, as the job will have to be repeated every year or so. Moles are very territorial so, even if you think you have got rid of the problem, the chances are that another mole(s) in the area will seize the opportunity to take up residence in the vacated territory. Therefore, trapping is not a sure-fire solution to eradicating your mole problem and can be quite expensive.

Mole Prevention
The best way of dealing with moles in the garden is to prevent them from setting up home in the first place. Moles do not like noise or disturbance and there are several vibration and electronic buzzing devices which you can buy from your garden centre which, when strategically placed, can drive moles mad and soon have them scurrying away from your garden.

Some gardeners choose to devise their own makeshift devices out of things like buried empty bottles which, when the wind blows, causes vibration or they might plant a child’s toy windmill close by. You can also buy electronic probes which emit a sonic pulse and there are other repellent solutions available at garden centres where you’ll be able to obtain advice.

Moles have a dislike for stony soil, heavy clay or areas of soil which have been compacted. This is because they use their heads to tunnel with and because their skulls are quite frail, any resistance in the soil is likely to put them off digging there. Animal urine is also reputed to be a good deterrent so if you have a pet cat or dog, it can help – some people even use human urine and claim it works just as well and others swear by placing garlic bulbs or pickled onions nearby.

The use of poisons, however, is strictly regulated and you should seek advice from your local council’s environmental department if you are considering this option as it’s heavily regulated and you could be breaking the law.

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I use the Sonic Mole chasers in my garden and they work very well, although initially they did lead to a lot more molehills. However after taking advice from the supplier, it seems the noise does drive moles mad and in trying to get away from it,they produce more molehills.So I left them in the garden, permanently switched on and after 2 weeks the moles finally moved away and no more molehills.I hope this info helps.
maggie - 6-Sep-12 @ 12:28 PM
Only one sure way of ridding your garden from the Taliban of pests.Chilli powder.I produce my own - habaneros mostly - and a kilo of powder keeps my one acre of vegetable and flower plots totally free of moles.My garden was infested with at least four of them.I had tried every which way to repel or kill them.None worked.They arrived from surrounding fields but - no longer.A quarter of a teaspoon in evey run, fresh molehill or opening and within 24 hours they were history.Whenever a new one turned up - same treatment and instantly they are gone (or sneezed/cried to death?)Extra hot chilli available on line or Tesco's for arounf £6.00 per kilo.It is cheap, humane, organic and it works.
bonefisherman - 8-Jun-12 @ 5:01 PM
A few years ago I bought five or six of the sonic sticks to repel the moles, at what I thought was a reasonable price and found they required about five or six batteries each, which cost me another £25.00p. I stuck hem in the ground and found to my surprise I gained more mole hills than ever before they even created mole hills around the sonic sticks, so if you want my opinion, they do not work. I think they even attract the creatures.I Have in recent times tried the barrel trap without success. The best mole catcher I found was my Alsation dog but unfortunately she has now passed on so now I am stuck with trying to find a satisfactory method of eradicating the little devils. Best of luck.
Corbs - 8-Dec-11 @ 6:14 PM
use moles to your advantage by keeping the molehill soil for propogation.
tom arto - 19-Nov-11 @ 10:04 AM
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