Moles can be dangerous where they make trippinig hazards for horses and such but in most cases they are safe..also a cat works wonders
Cats can help. Brenda, my parents' cats would only catch and play too... until the farmer next door explained they were over-feeding the cats if they wanted the cats to "work".
Carla Emery suggests the "mole plant" (Euphorbia lathyris) and something called squill to repel them. I guess these are exotic looking biennials with thick, milky-looking sap that will self-seed the second year, and the effects last for quite some time. I would research this more before running out to buy the plant--but it might give you a starting place. There is ALWAYS a natural solution out there. Hey, even Superman had Cryptonite.
john muckleroy jr wrote:What was funny he had a hole and he would stick his head out(caddyshack)and look at me.I had a pellet gun but he was too fast.I tried juicy fruit gum and noticed my dog chewing something ( it was the juicy fruit).
I haven't yet obsessed about the moles; perhaps I've been fortunate that mine haven't done that much damage--but I had to laugh--my father used to try to shoot at them with a bb gun, too! I can just picture it. What is it about such a tiny creature that gets the best of us? Thanks for sharing your experience about the mole plant! I haven't tried it.
Some good information about natural deterrents at:
I read that moles are somewhat territorial, so there isn't supposed to be more than a couple per acre, so theoretically, once you get rid of them, you should be ok for a while?
The list of benefits is huge. Monoculture even growing individual crops in beds is the problem.
I’ve been trying to find someone with a mole or gopher problem. I would like to see if you would be interested in doing an anti-mole experiment?
Take a post hole digger and dig several holes 18-24 inches deep. Cut enough 2” or smaller branches, as long as your holes are deep. Then stuff as many sticks into the holes that will fit. Back fill with mulch and your dirt. Then plant in the middle of your vertical Hugelkulture and see if the wooden framework won’t keep the mole away from your roots.
Then report back to us, what happens. Good luck.
if you want to water it in, mix in a little soap.
best source i found was the old hornet spray. was 100% mint oil
Dont plant mints near a garden, keep well away on a fence line. They very pleased to have garden soil to explore and conquer.
They are good for the soil, but a pain in a garden.
The neighborhood cats will get a few of them, and if they wander over to the neighbors, they have to face his arsenal of traps.
As someone said, the moles are hunting earthworms and grubs, they don't care about your plants. They do like to dig where there are worms and the soil is soft - so if you have hard clay or gravel, they will be attracted to the holes you have dug for your plants which you filled with soft soil & compost. I have had a few small plants die because the mole dug a tunnel right under the taproot.
If the whole area is soft (e.g. your garden), they can tunnel by just pushing the dirt up (vs. pushing it through a tunnel to the surface). If they do this under your baby plants, the roots may dry out and the plants might die. But that will only happen if the plant is directly over the tunnel. I have had a mole go crazy in the garden, pushing up almost the whole thing. I did get fed up with that mole, and I just carefully stalked him with a pitchfork, and skewered him. Kind of gross, but it was like a real war with that guy.
When I find a dead one, I am always amazed at how soft and clean they are. How can something that lives in wet soil avoid getting any mud stuck to them? I have to think there is a biomimicry opportunity there.
Amy Leonard wrote:My issue is the dog digging trying to get to them which as far as I can tell he he digs and that is it. Any way to turn the little bugger off? Or get rid of the ground dwellers?
All dogs are not good at mole hunting. Schnauzers are very good at digging moles up, even the little ones
I hear moles hate cat litter, if your cats do not hunt the moles maybe you can drop litter into their main runs, cheap enough to try.
My solution to whatever digs under my porches to live is male predator urine. Doesn't matter if it is dog or human as long as the human is a meat eater. This used to be my mom's place and she tried moth balls....the critter moved them several houses down...ha try that with pee.