Mole Prevention Tips: Moles are adept at eliminating the insect and worm population of their habitation, but this comes at a price for any homeowner or farmer on whose property they live. They will ultimately damage the lawns and gardens with the tunnels they build underneath, leading to the collapse of sections with time as people tread on them. Moles can also make your well cultivated garden look dirty by building mole hills in it. Therefore, most house owners would rather keep their gardens free of these little creatures. There are several means by which you can keep the moles away, some of which are detailed below:
1 - Underground fences
Construction of underground fences can be costly and time-consuming, especially when the land area to be fenced is large. However, they are an effective long-term means of keeping moles away from your garden. To prevent moles from invading your space, use underground fences that are made from galvanized hardware cloth. The fence must be at least 24 inches below the ground so that moles cannot dig under it. It should also be about 6 inches high and must extend to every side of the garden, thereby preventing entrance from any angle. The base of the fence should bend at about 90 degrees to prevent moles from climbing it.
Galvanized material is best used for the fence to avoid it rusting, which can result in the material breaking easily and giving way to moles. Examples of such materials are
aluminum sheathing or stainless steel wire mesh; these are strong and durable. Chicken wire mesh would not work for moles because of its wide spaces through which they would pass easily.
2 - Gravel pit
Another way to go about keeping moles from digging under your fence to access the garden is to dig a pit around the fence or garden and fill it up with gravel. Although moles can dig very well, they cannot dig through gravel as it is too hard for their claws. The gravel filling should be at least one foot deep so the moles can’t get beneath it to dig.
3 - Remove food sources
The primary reason that nuisance animals invade residential areas and gardens is no other than to find food. It follows that if their foods are not available, they will not find your lawn attractive and any pest already in residence is likely to move out. The mole's
favorite foods are worms and insects, so it would be a good move to eradicate these in the following ways:
4 - Employ domestic pets
- Use insecticides to kill off your insect and worm populations and discourage hungry moles. You can also spray your garden or lawn with beneficial nematodes that have bacteria capable of killing worms.
- Avoid over-watering your garden plants as this can make the soil welcoming to insects and worms, who in turn welcome moles. Flooding itself can be reduced by reducing irrigation as well as making proper drainage system to channel away water from the place.
- Keep the soil of your garden or lawn compact and dry by running a roller over it; insects and worms prefer moist and loose soil.
Moles are naturally afraid of these animals and their presence on your property is sure to keep the furry mammal away. Domestic pets like dogs and cats habitually chase sighted moles down and may kill them.
5 - Garlic and chocolate lilies
Garlic and chocolate lilies have bad odors that are irritating to moles. Plant some in your garden to keep moles at bay.
6 - Shovel or pitchfork
The traditional way to keep moles out is by using a shovel or pitchfork to collapse the tunnels made and inhabited by moles in your yard or garden. Their mole hills are visible evidences of the tunnels built under. Destroy the tunnel mounds and the moles will move out by themselves.
7 - Rocky lawn
Replace the carpet grass in your lawn with stones, clay, or gravel. Grass is more conducive for the grubs and bugs that serve as food for the mound-building moles. And of course, moles cannot dig through rocks.
8 - Chemical repellents
A common solution for mole infestation is to apply a castor oil-based mole repellent to your yard. This works in two ways – by irritating the mole with its offensive
odor, and by coating earthworms and making them unpalatable to the moles.
For more Mole Prevention Tips, go to may main mole removal
page or the How to Get Rid of Moles