Moles are one of the toughest animals to get rid of. They are widely known for making extensive tunnels in lawns. They can damage the trees of your lawn or yard, as their tunnels provide shelter to other harmful pests and insects. Moles mostly feed on insects and worms like earthworms and grubs.
Moles can quickly colonize your lawn. So, controlling their population can be a really challenging task. There are several home remedies that can help control the population of these annoying animals, but many of them can provide only a temporary solution, while others can take time for completely expelling them from your yard.
Sometimes, even simple tactics like habitat modification can play an important role in controlling the activities of moles. Moles have become so common due to the creation of artificial biomass, like lawns and beds, which are maintained by the application of chemical nutrients, organic materials, and frequent irrigation.
This can create a suitable breeding ground for insects, which are the main food source of moles. So, converting these artificial biomass to a natural habitat like a garden, can be beneficial for getting rid of yard moles. Less frequent watering can reduce the visibility of the tunnels as opposed to frequent watering.
Frequent watering brings worms and insects to the ground level, and thereby brings moles to the surface. It is also advisable to reduce the amount of grass in your yard, in order to control the population of moles.
Grub worms are an important source of food for moles, and therefore, it is important to check their population to starve the moles, and force them to migrate to other places for food and shelter. Grubs can also cause extensive damage to the trees and plants by eating their roots. Pesticides can be used to reduce the population of grub worms.
Mole sprays, which are mainly made from castor oil can also be used for repelling moles. Castor oil is a well-known mole repellent. Some people however, prefer to use the common pest control methods and products for eliminating moles from their lawns.
However, the application of chemicals and poisons can pose some dangers to pets and small children. Therefore, it is advisable to follow the instructions given by the manufacturer, and take some precautionary measures while using such products.
The natural repellents, on the other hand, are safer and they can help keep moles away from your lawn. Certain plants are known to have mole-repelling properties. So, you can consider to plant them in your yard.
Some such mole-repelling plants are, daffodils, marigold, allium, and mole plant. Apart from these, you can consider to grow the castor bean plant. The seeds of this plant contain castor oil, the essential ingredient found in a number of mole repellent products.
You can also place physical barriers deep into your yard to inhibit the activities of moles. Burying a metal barrier at least 4 to 5 inches deep into the soil may be helpful in containing the number of those ugly mole tunnels.
However, these home remedies may take time to produce the desired effect. Along with them, you may also need to take recourse to mole traps. There are basically two types of traps - live and kill traps. But the most important point is to place those traps in the active tunnels, which you can check by flattening the soil of the tunnels.
If the tunnels are repaired the following day, then they are active and traps can be placed over there. Traps can be more effective during spring and fall. To get rid of moles completely, you may need to combine different strategies rather than depending on only one.