Moles are a common pest in gardens and lawns. They are a vermin that can be difficult to remove if they have a well-established habitat on your property. Many techniques, devices and chemicals have been used to eliminate moles. Peppermint oil is a safe nontoxic remedy that is easy to use. It can also save you a lot of money and time. Results will be instant and very gratifying. Moles are persistent, so follow these instructions exactly to rid your lawn and garden of these little pests.
Things You'll Need
- Aromatherapy mask
- Peppermint oil
- Cotton balls
- Narrow stick
- Small garden shovel
Gather Supplies and Get Rid of the Moles
Buy a bottle of full-strength peppermint essential oil from a local natural food or herb store. If more than one brand is available, buy the bottle with the most strength and choose the size according the size of your project.
Gather your supplies and take them to the problem area. Survey the area to determine how many mole holes are visible. Notice if any holes are slightly closed, then loosen the dirt using either a stick or a small garden shovel. Open the hole so it is large enough to insert several saturated cotton balls.
Put on the aromatherapy mask and gloves to protect your nose, mouth and skin from excessive exposure to the oil.
Open the peppermint oil and saturate two to three cotton balls for each hole. Find the first opening to the mole tunnel and insert the oil-saturated cotton balls into the hole. Shove the cotton balls in gently and just deep enough to be under the surface of the ground.
Saturate two to three cotton balls for each mole tunnel opening. Insert the saturated cotton balls as described above until you have covered the entire area. When you are certain all the holes have been filled, discard the used gloves.
Tips & Warnings
- Moles are persistent and will dig other tunnels. Check the area every few days and apply more peppermint oil-saturated cotton balls when you discover new holes. Continue this effort until you do not see any fresh tunnels or openings.
- Peppermint oil is toxic if ingested or exposed directly to skin in large doses. Wear protective gloves and avoid excess contact with the skin. Do not inhale the vapors at close range. Wear a protective mask if you are sensitive to odors. Do not touch your eyes with the soiled gloves as this will cause burning. Avoid use during pregnancy.
- Janis Moore, Cresson, Pennsylvania Gardnener
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