Moles are small mammals that can wreck your gardens and landscape. They have high energy requirements and can eat 70 to 80 percent of their weight every day. They feed on earthworms, insects, small vertebrates, spiders and snail larvae. Moles burrow under the ground, creating a vast tunnel system. These tunnels create bumps or ridges in your yard. Rolling the lawn will restore its appearance and collapse the tunnel system.
- Lawn roller
- 6 oz. castor oil
- 2 tbsp. Murphy Oil Soap
- 1 gallon water
- Garden/lawn sprayer
Flatten the mole runs before mowing. Your lawns mower will hit the mounds of dirt, causing mechanical damage and digging up the grass.
Run the roller over the lawn in all problem areas. Go over each section several times to compact the dirt as tightly as possible. The more compact it is, the more difficult it will be for the pests to dig new tunnels.
Set up a sprinkler to water the grass. It needs help re-establishing itself. The moles separated the roots from the soil when they pushed the grass up.
Check the sections in 24 hours to see if the pests have re-established their tunnel. If it is still flat, the tunnel is inactive. If you notice the lawn is pushed up again, run the roller over it once more and consider other options for ridding your landscape of moles.
Put a mole trap near the entrance to the tunnel. Set it up, as per manufacturer's instructions, and check it every day.
Create a castor oil spray to repel moles. Combine 6 oz. castor oil and 2 tbsp. Murphy Oil Soap or dish detergent with 1 gallon of water. Pour the solution into a lawn or garden sprayer.
Spray the solution onto the lawn in problem areas. Focus on the entrance to the tunnel system. Let it dry before mowing the grass and reapply after rain.
- University of Missouri Extension; Controlling Nuisance Moles; Robert A. Pierce; July 2002
- Michigan State University Extension; Mole Damage Report; November 1998
- Gardening Know How; Mole Control -- Home Remedies For Removing Moles From Your Yard; Nikki Phipps
- Blades Lawn Care: Lawn Roller
- City of Lakewood, Colorado: Animal Control: Wildlife: Tell Me More About Moles
- The Dumvilles of Hunton; Mole Patrol; Patti Charron
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images
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