Moles are small, insectivorous mammals belonging to the Talpidae family. They typically feed on earthworms, although they've been known to eat grubs as well. According to the Purdue University Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, there are only two effective ways to completely rid your flower bed of moles. One way is to "use a bait that they are attracted to," and the other way is to "physically remove them." Here are a few things that you can do to keep moles from making your flower bed their next digging place.
Things You'll Need
- Sweet-smelling flowers
- Castor oil
- Cotton balls
- Mole chaser stakes
- Mole traps
- Coffee grounds
- Used kitty litter
Plant flowers that repel moles. Moles hate the smell and taste of marigolds, scillas and daffodils. Plant these flowers around the perimeter of your flower bed to keep moles away.
Use castor oil. Saturate several cotton balls with castor oil. Place the cotton balls at the entrance and exit of the mole tunnel. The smell will keep the mole from coming near your flowers. This method will need to repeated every few days, as the cotton balls dry out.
Place mole chaser stakes throughout your flower bed near the mole tunnel. The vibrations made underground by the stake will keep the mole at bay.
Sprinkle coffee grounds in your flower bed near the mole tunnel. According to Prevention Magazine, this will not only repel moles, it will also fertilize your garden.
Place used kitty litter into the mole tunnel. The smell of cat urine will repel the moles, keeping them out of your flower bed.
Set a trap. Place a harpoon or scissor trap inside of the mole's tunnel. This method usually results in the death of the mole. The Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory suggests using a harpoon trap in tunnels near the surface, and a scissor trap for tunnels that are deeper into the ground.