How to Repel Moles With Vibration Stakes

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A mole is a small tunneling mammal with handlike claws that are used to dig and burrow. Moles eat worms and slugs that can be found in moist soil. Unfortunately, this means moles like to tunnel in yards and lawns, which can create unsightly holes and prevent plants from growing. Vibration stakes are a humane, cost-effective way to rid your lawn of moles.

Determine how much mole-free space you need. If you are trying to rid a small flower bed or garden of moles, one vibrating device will be sufficient. It will not keep moles off your entire property, however. You would need to purchase hundreds of vibrating devices, which can be costly.

Purchase your vibrating device. Some devices, like Safe Home Products' Gold Vibrasonic Molechaser (see Resources), are rods that are placed into the soil and are virtually invisible from above ground. Other products, like the Dr. Power Windmill Mole Chaser (see Resources), are disguised as lawn ornaments.

Install the vibrating device. If it is a rod, it should be placed into the ground as deep as possible. Use a trowel to dig a hole, then insert the vibrating device. Firmly pack the soil back into the hole around the stake. The deeper the stake is placed into the ground, the more vibrations the device will make in a mole's dwelling.

Add batteries if necessary. The Gold Vibrasonic Molechaser requires four "D" batteries. In the case of the Dr. Power Windmill Mole Chaser, however, the wind turns the device to create the vibration. There are also solar stakes available that use power from the sun to create vibrations. These devices do not require batteries.

Change placement if necessary. If moles are still wreaking havoc on your lawn or garden after one week, consider placing the stakes closer to where you see moles, or purchasing more stakes for your area.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can purchase mole vibration stakes at your local hardware store or online (see Resources).
  • Do not pound the stakes into the ground.

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