Moles are a nuisance in any yard. They can be destructive and noisy, so it’s best to get rid of them fast. Moles come into yards for one thing: food! In this post, we will discuss 7 steps that you can take to remove moles from your yard quickly and easily. We promise: not a single animal will be harmed.
How to tell if there are moles on the property
Moles are often found near the house, in backyards, or on vacant lots. Look for mounds of soil, dirt, and roots that have been pushed to the surface but haven’t yet turned into a hole.
If you see tunnels going underground without an opening (like most other mammals), it’s likely they’re coming from mole activity. You can also spot them when there is little vegetation around where the tunneling has taken place because once a yard becomes infested with moles, plants will stop growing within ten feet of their holes!
Moles eat earthworms too so if you notice fewer worms than normal on your lawn then chances are high there might be some type of mole present on your property.
What are the dangers of moles
Moles can be damaging to lawns and gardens because they eat earthworms which are needed for healthy soil. They’ll also push up plants, destroy garden beds, dig out tree roots, and develop tunnels that make it difficult for people to walk through the yard or mow their grass.
If you have a pool in your backyard then there’s an increased chance of having problems with moles as well due to the water leaking into their underground tunnels causing them to come near the surface more often than normal!
How moles are useful
Moles are extremely helpful in your yard if they’re eating the pests such as slugs, snails, and ants that can be damaging to plants.
It’s important not to use poisons or pesticides when trying to get rid of moles because it will only harm other animals within your property which might include a pet or small child playing outside. At best you’ll kill off all the creatures on your property leaving nothing but an empty space where wildlife once resided!
How to get rid of moles on the plot
If you still do not want to share the yard or lawn with animals, try one of these methods. They will not cause any harm to the critters. If one method doesn’t work, move on to another.
Make a repellent
- One of the first steps is to try a repellent. You can make your own with garlic, peppermint oil, and cayenne pepper or purchase it at local garden stores.
- Make sure you apply this repellent in areas where moles are likely to come around like along sidewalks, fences, and garden beds.
- Moles hate both smells so be persistent when applying! Don’t give up after just one night because they may take time before noticing that there’s something different about their territory.
Build a special fence
- A fence around your yard can help to keep moles from coming onto the property in the first place. You’ll need a small metal grid that’s placed at a depth of about two feet below ground, then covered with soil so they don’t suspect anything is there!
- This will discourage them from digging and avoid any further damage done to your lawn or garden beds.
Buy a humane trap
- Certain traps are humane to catch moles. These come with a bag that’s filled with the scent of mole food and when they enter in search of it, they’re likely to get caught inside! Moles don’t like light so there is little chance one will escape from this type of trap
- The only downside to these traps is you may have trouble catching more than one at a time which could take up some extra time if your yard has been infested by them for quite some time before noticing their presence.
- There are also other types of live traps available such as metal rings where the animal can go through but not out or tunneling devices designed specifically to capture moles alive
Try an ultrasonic repeller
- An ultrasonic repeller is an excellent option for those who don’t want to use chemicals or kill moles. All it needs is a battery and will emit sound waves that are undetectable by humans but irritating enough for them to leave the area!
- Mole’s hearing isn’t very keen so they’re likely not going notice this type of device on their own, making it perfect if you have small children playing in your yard.
Plant fragrant plants
Moles don’t like the aroma of certain plants in your yard such as lavender, daffodils, marigolds, emperor’s grouse, onions, peppermint, and wormwood. Make sure you place these around the perimeter of your property to stop them before they get near!
Make a compost pit
A compost pit will attract moles and make it easier to catch them. This is a type of trap that’s not meant for catching live creatures but rather serves as an alternative food source so they’re more likely to stay around the area and go in on their own!
Ideally, the compost pit should be about three feet deep, six inches wide, and lined with metal to keep animals from escaping. You’ll need a small entrance so they can enter but not leave until you’re ready.
And finally, one more suggestion would be to build a moat around the perimeter so they’re not able to come anywhere near where humans are located while still being able to find food like earthworms on their
If all of these steps don’t work for your yard then it’s time to call professionals. Either way, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to ask someone at pest control services in your area! They will most likely be able to answer whatever problem you might have concerning moles!