6 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Moles & Voles
Here is a quick summary on getting rid of moles and voles.
- Trap the moles with a live animal trap.
- Grow plants that deter moles and voles.
- Set up an ultrasonic device to repel the moles.
- Get rid of their main food source such as grubs.
- Spray castor oil solution on areas where moles frequent.
- Set up underground fencing around the garden bed.
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Keep the moles and voles away from your garden bed by plugging these repellers into the soil. The solar-powered mole repeller can help drive the rodents away by emitting sound pulses underground. This mole repeller is solar-powered so you don’t have to worry about replacing the battery often. The device can cover up to 650 square meters.
Moles can’t stand the smell of castor oil, which is made from the seeds of castor-oil plants. Combine half a cup of castor oil with half a cup of liquid dish soap. Mix three tablespoons of the resulting mixture with one gallon of water. When ready, locate the areas where the moles frequent then spray the necessary area with the castor oil solution.
Mole Live Trap
Live traps can provide a humane way to get rid of moles in your backyard. Use this heavy-duty cage to trap then release the rodents.
How to Get Rid of Moles Naturally
Here is a list of steps you can take home to get rid of moles naturally. You may have to wait a couple of days or even weeks to see results.
Use a Live Animal Trap
As we mentioned earlier, this is the most humane way of dealing with moles. Get a couple of live animal traps and set them up next to the burrowing holes. You may want to place some bait in the cage to enhance the chances of catching the moles.
There are certain plants that moles can’t stand. You can form a vegetative barrier by growing these plants around the garden bed. Castor bean, Crown imperial, and Narcissus are examples of mole-repelling plants.
Set up underground fences around the perimeter of the garden bed. This works best if you have a small backyard or if your garden bed is isolated to one area of the backyard. The underground fence should be at least two feet deep.
What Are Moles
Moles are small burrowing mammals that with dark fur, a long muzzle, and tiny eyes. They like to feed on insects and grubs. You don’t want a mole to hang around in your garden for too long because they like to feast on earthworms, which play an important part in the soil ecosystem.
Moles aren’t the only rodent to appear in the backyard. You may also come across other burrowing mammals like gophers, prairie dogs, and ground squirrels. So what should you look for if you think you have moles in your backyard? First, look for raised ridges or a slightly raised foraging tunnel. Moles prefer moist areas (where the grubs and insects are).
Mole Prevention Tips
You may have succeeded with getting rid of the moles but how do you prevent more from coming to your backyard? Prevention is an important component of any pest control effort, especially if you want to do it the natural way. Here are a couple of tips that may help.
Reduce Food Source
Moles are carnivores and feed on insects and grubs. An important prevention tip is to reduce their feed source. If the food source goes away then the moles will head elsewhere. Be careful not to get rid of insects that can serve a beneficial purpose. Examples include earthworms, ground beetles, praying mantis, and ladybugs.
Moles can’t dig through gravel because it’s too hard for their claws. If underground fencing is not an option then consider building a gravel barrier around your backyard. Mix some gravel into the soil around the perimeter of the backyard.
Published on April 6, 2017 by Sam Choan.