How to Get Rid of Ground Moles
Ground moles can become one of the most annoying and destructive pests in our gardens. Knowing how to get rid of ground moles in the most effective way is absolutely crucial if you want to achieve a long lasting solution.
Removing these little insectivorous from beneath your beloved lawns and flower borders is not always an easy task and has to be done properly. The first thing to do is to make sure that it is moles that are responsible for the damage in your garden.
What do Moles look like?
Moles tend to be blamed for events which they are not responsible for. The problem is that although we are aware of the increasing damage to our gardens, and we can see hills appearing in the lawn, but we are not very likely to see what is causing us this living nightmare.
The adult ground mole is typically around 5-6 inches long and apart from its nose the rest of the body is almost symmetrical. It will normally weigh no more than 5 ounces.
They are fur covered and their coloring can range from black to grey or even orange in some cases. It has a pointed snout which is one of its most identifiable features.
Have I got moles?
Fortunately although we rarely see the ground mole, he will make his presence very noticeable in his own annoying way. The first thing you will notice is the infamous mole hills which could range from 1 or 2 to hundreds. These hills are most common in lawns and borders. They will be mostly be soil which whilst tunneling beneath your garden they force the excess soil to the surface. This underground circuit of tunnels can be up to 80 meters long so it’s easy to understand why you need to be rid of ground moles.
Ground Mole Removal
So you are now sure that you unfortunately have moles, so let’s explain how to get rid of ground moles. The good news is that ground moles usually don’t stay in any one area for a long period, so it’s quite possible that whilst reading this article, your mole may have packed and moved over to your neighbors’ garden. If this is not so then we have to look at the ways to get rid of them.
The Best Way to Get Rid of Ground Moles
The very best way to get rid of ground moles is without a doubt the castor oil method. Using castor oil granules suits both the gardener and the mole. It is extremely effective without causing damage.
This method is harmless to the mole as it is used for the sole purpose of changing the flavor and sent of the tunnel and the contents of it. This will include earthworms which make up for the main part of the moles’ dietary needs. If the scent and taste of the worms are changed, then the mole will have to search elsewhere for tastier food. If you have a DIY store that stocks castor oil pellets or granules, you will have to estimate the surface area of the affected area and there you should scatter the pellets on the surface at a rate of 500g per 100m2. For ease, the pellets can be dissolved in water and then sprayed over the area to completely saturate it.
Tunnel flooding or flushing can be a reliable method and this involves finding a collapsed tunnel and running a hose pipe into it for no more than 1 hour. This will not hurt the mole but it will not want to stay in a flooded tunnel. Take great care when performing this method, getting it wrong could lead to part of your lawn collapsing.
Poisoning the mole
Although using a poisonous product to actually kill the moles is effective in most cases and is the preferred option to many, it has to be understood that the use of any poison carries serious risks. The environment does not need any added torture brought on by hazardous chemicals. Added to this you take a huge risk of damaging your garden permanently.
Poisons should be avoided at all times if you have children who have access to the garden. Bear this in mind also if you have pets and consider the wildlife.
So you now know in detail how to get rid of ground moles in the most humane but effective way. Taking all the advice above will guarantee to ensure you a mole free garden for now and the future.