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What is your best home remedy for ridding your yard of moles?

Asked by ibstubro (18770points) September 9th, 2010

Yet again, after a fairly quiet summer, the moles have moved in and are leaving no blade of grass unturned. I mean, square yards of loose dirt.

How have you best gotten rid of them on your own in your yard?

I have traps (LOTS of them(, but they say that there is a trick to setting them, as in where you set them. Do you know the tricks?

I have a ‘mole smoker’ that clamps on the car’s tailpipe and connects to a garden hose you shove in the burrow, but my current tailpipe is too large. I recommend this method, by the way, having rid myself of many of the pests from the $15 investment. Reusable until someone runs over it with the lawnmower. That’s not great on the garden hose, either, btw.

Those ‘firecracker’ things can work, but they burn awfully darned short. They should come in a gross, not in a package of 4. Then, too, the coons or squirrels like to dig the ends up and make [i]another[/i] hole.

Castor oil and products based on it just haven’t worked out well for me.

I never tried the Juicy Fruit or Doublemint gum in the run, because… :roll:

The artificial worms that you plant with gloves may work, but for the price you need “may” to be “DO”.


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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

My dad got rid of moles on his farm by burying used coffee grounds in the little hills they leave.

Good luck.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Turn loose a large bull snake, weasel or ferret.

Piper_Brianmind's avatar

There are just two ways to detect whether or not mole tunnels are active. The first way (for moles that build shallow tunnels) is to find a straight runway and stomp it in with your foot. If the mole is active in that area they will repair the tunnel in no less than a day. The second way to find an active mole runway is to poke around with a stick around the area where there are a large number of molehills. Once you’ve found a spot where the earth gives way, you’ve found an active tunnel.
Once you’ve found the active tunnel, get a hose and flood them out.
Off the top of my head, I can think of another way that may work better. Get two long, thin sticks. Perhaps wooden skewers. Weave a net between them (make the edges a little loose), dig up a spot within the tunnel, close to the hill, and wedge it in. then place a board level with the ground and cover it up again. You want them to still be able to use the tunnel. Then when they go toward the exit, they’ll get tangled in the net. If you’d like, you could tie an additional few strings (maybe fishing line) around the top to yank them out once they’re caught. You’ll probably be able to tell if there’s been some struggle beneath your garden. lol

john65pennington's avatar

Warning: i do not recommend this procedure for eliminating moles….......

My dad use to pour gasoline in the mole holes. the gasoline vapors would run the moles away. we watched one come out of a mole hole stumbling. we assumed smelling the vapors put him on a rocky mountain high!

WestRiverrat's avatar

In Wyo they use a propane gun to get rid of prairie dogs and collapse the holes all at once. They usually only do this in pastures away from buildings however.

They pump a bunch of propane into a hole and then set it off with a computer controlled sparker when the concentration in the hole is right.

augustlan's avatar

I worked for lawn care companies for many years. The three bits of advice we always gave are as follows:

Long term: You have grubs. Moles eat grubs. Get rid of the grubs, and the moles will move on. Call a lawn care company or your local Cooperative Extension Agency for advice on how to get rid of the grubs.

A) Rolled up pieces of Juicy Fruit gum (unwrapped but not chewed) placed in the holes/tunnels. I see that you’re aware of this but haven’t tried it. Apparently, the moles can’t digest the gum and will die a slow death.

B) Ground up glass in the holes/tunnels. Their blood doesn’t clot well. They will die a quick but gory death.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Have you see this? The Rodenator

(I’m not sure which does more damage to the lawn – the rodent or the Rodenator – but it does look like fun.)

ibstubro's avatar

@augustlan Have you actually seen the Juicy Fruit and/or ground glass work? First hand? I don’t mind trying the Juicy Fruit, but I’d sure hate to go to the trouble of grinding glass for nothing.

I got rid a majority of the grubs, and the moles are tolerable until early fall, then they tear the entire yard up.

ibstubro's avatar

@worriedguy lol, I think this is the RFDTV home version of the propane gun mentioned above. It does look satisfying, but I think it’s a rural application.

I had heard of a ‘sonic’ method locally where they made a blast and the percussion supposedly collapsed the tunnels…I wonder if this is the same thing.

ibstubro's avatar

@john65pennington Yes, what DIDN’T gasoline cure when you were a kid? Weeds in the sidewalk, those bags of worms in the trees, standing water filled with mosquitoes…it was an all purpose remedy around our rural homeplace.

CMaz's avatar

The Rodenator is SWEET! I need that, my mloes are driving me crazy,

augustlan's avatar

@ibstubro No, I haven’t. I’ve never had moles (though I do have a tomato-stealing groundhog that’s getting on my last nerve!). That’s just what every lawn company I worked for recommended.

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