How to Get Rid of Yard Moles

Moles are small mammals adapted to an underground life. We can meet moles everywhere, in Europe, Asia and North America. There are seven species of moles in North America. Mole has a solitary lifestyle, living in subterranean tunnels and galleries. In fact, a mole is a beneficial little creature for your landscape. Mole eats a considerable quantity of grubs and insects and its underground tunnels aerate the garden soil. In addition, moles present no danger for your plants; they do not harm them in any way.

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The only problem is their unaesthetic mounds of soil in your garden or lawn. Getting rid of moles is a condition for having a pristine garden. However, prevention is the best way to deal with these small creatures.

1)    The food supply is the main attraction for any wild animal. Therefore, if you want to get rid of moles reduce their preferred foods, insect grubs, earthworms, centipedes, etc. Spraying of insecticides as oftanol or diazinon will reduce their food supply.

NOTE: Follow the manufacturer instruction when you are using insecticides.

2)    “Milky spore” is maybe, the best way to get rid of grubs, especially of Japanese Beetle grubs. A bacterium (Paenibacillus popilliae) affects the grubs, being responsible for “Milky Spore” disease that leads to their death.

Milky Spore is environmentally friendly and it doesn’t affect in any way the human beings, animals or plants.

The only disadvantage of using Milky Spore is that very specific conditions must exist for the disease to do its job. To become infected, a grub has to feed in warm soil to ingest the spores. If the soil is cooler than 65 degrees, the spores don’t affect in any way the grub.

3)    Another environmentally friendly way to get rid of moles is planting of different groups of Euphorbia, Marigolds, Fritillaria or Castor beans around the lawn. Moles do not like these plants and they will avoid burrowing under them.

4)    Spraying the lawn with a solution of 20 percent thiram (tetramethylthiuram disulfide) will repel and keep away moles for at least 3 weeks. However, using thiram may rise some environmentally and health concerns.

5)    An electronic device can be an efficient repellent for moles. Its vibrations will repel moles. It is a very useful  device for small gardens.

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