Although moles are indisputably fascinating little animals, they can make one giant mess of your yard or garden. If you are among those many homeowners who are considering mole extermination, ground moles once and for all, you can take hope.
Much of the advice you will hear about how to get rid of ground moles is barely effective, at best, and often is completely wrong.
The first step in controlling moles is understanding them. First, you should know that “ground moles” is really just a common term that people apply to many different types of creatures. There are six distinct mole species in the United States, for instance.
Only three of these ever cause problems for the typical homeowner, and the usual culprit is a single species: the Eastern mole.
Contrary to widespread belief, moles do not eat grass or plants. However, their non-stop tunneling activity breaks roots, causing turf and other plants to die.
This is why you really need to learn about and implement effective ground mole control. What does this mean exactly?
First off, the use of poisons is not recommended. Many are not particularly effective, and they can also be dangerous to children and pets.
Much better approaches to ground mole control exist. These approaches rely on the time-tested use of traps.
You can try commercially produced poisons as well as supposed mole control substances that you mix up in your kitchen. Keep in mind, though, that anything strong enough to kill a mole could harm a child or a pet.
And, some poisons may even be illegal, depending on your jurisdiction.
It is possible to get rid of ground moles. You don’t have to put up with unsightly molehills dotting your yard or dangerous tunnels creating safety hazards to you, your guests, your children, and your pets.
Most of the so-called remedies floating around either work inconsistently or not at all.
Or, they are too expensive, too dangerous, or sometimes out-and-out illegal. Smoke bombs, mothballs, gasoline, poison, human hair as a repellent — forget all these.
Most homemade efforts to get rid of ground moles entail placing something in or near the animals’ tunnels that will supposedly send them looking for a new home.
Things that have been tried include red pepper, sharp or jagged objects (e.g., razor blades, shards of glass), pickle juice, mothballs, and bunches of human, cat or dog hair.
While inexpensive and mostly harmless to try, most of these, sadly, does not work.
The one proven way to get rid of ground moles is with a trap by a reliable mole removal service.
The best time to trap moles is in the spring or fall. Also, setting out your traps immediately after heavy rain will make your moles easier to catch, because they will have moved up closer to the surface of the ground.
With the right kind of trap, used correctly, it is possible to get rid of ground moles. You don’t have to put up with unsightly molehills dotting your yard or dangerous tunnels creating safety hazards to you, your guests, your children, and your pets.