How to Get Moles Out of Your Garden
In soil aeration and pest control, moles are without a doubt helpful animals. These small invaders enrich the soil with oxygen when excavating the tunnels and kill bugs by consuming their grubs (it is good for the atmosphere and the garden in general).
However, excessive moles can do serious harm to your garden: they can ruin your garden's picturesque architecture with their unstylish mounds, hurt roots of plants, and encourage other smaller invaders to reach it. This is why it is important to act swiftly and efficiently when you notice the first mounds in order to preserve the beauty of your garden.
Below we are going to list the signs of moles and describe the most effective methods to get rid of moles in your garden.
Signs of Moles in your Garden
Appearance of mounds of dirt which are symmetrical and round.
Appearance of fluffed dirt and presence of clods.
Tunnels and mounds formed on the edges of human walking routes.
Excessive damage in shady damp areas (where there are more grooves and earthworms).
Methods to get rid of moles in your garden
Modification of the Habitat
Moles are particularly vulnerable to changes in an environment. So, you have to make it unattractive to them if you want to eradicate them for good in your garden. You can increase irrigation to do this. Irrigation brings the grubs closer to the surface so that you can easily spot the tunnels.
The elimination of grubs is another way of changing their habitat: no grubs – no moles. There are several ways to eradicate grubs, but Milky Spore bacteria is one of the most productive and cost efficient options. It is safe and environmentally friendly for kids, pets, mammals, and other bugs. Milky Spores will continue to destroy grubs for at least ten years.
Natural Mole Repellents
The application of natural rodent repellents to your garden ecosystem is an excellent way of enabling mole communities to travel elsewhere. This choice is perfect for garden owners who don’t mind planting such crops as daffodils, garlic, mole plants, alliums, marigolds and castor bean plants. Marigolds and daffodils in particular are a good choice as the more fragrant plants often repel not only moles, but deer and rabbits too.
Although these plants are excellent mole repellents, some of them, such as mole plant and castor beans, are considered poisonous for pets and children.
Use of Mole Traps
You can also get rid of moles in your garden with traps and baits. If you don't want to destroy the rodents, you can buy or create humane traps or baits that don't cause them harm. Also, you can buy one of the common killing traps like scissor-jaws, choker-loops, or harpoons when you don't want to trap them alive and release them into the wild.
Ultrasonic mole spikes
The high-frequency sound waves of mole ultrasonic spikes claim to chase moles away from a garden. The base of those spikes, which are normally solar-driven, is pressed into the ground to support them. Although most wildlife experts agree they are not efficient, whether or not the devices function is a topic of many debates.
In conclusion, you should adopt any of the methods above as soon as you notice moles in your garden. This will further help to prevent a larger infestation.