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mole eradication

 
Dan Williamson
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Since using heavy mulch around all my vegetables for years now, this increased the earthworm population in my garden. I believe that's why the moles moved in. However, after they eat the earthworms they started eating my produce. My dog and my cat help me a lot, but they can't get them all. The traps are not helping either.Any advice?
sorry about this post in the wrong place. please forgive me, I'm new.
I did not see the nibblers section.
 
Miles Flansburg
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Howdy Dan, welcome to permies !

I added your question to the nibblers forum ,so hopefully you will get some more responses.
In the mean time here is another thread on moles.

http://www.permies.com/t/28067//Critters
 
Renate Howard
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Voles eat vegetation, moles are good guys. It could be the moles came through to eat your grubs and then the voles moved into their tunnels, or maybe just a case of misidentification. Voles reproduce like crazy. A wildlife speaker said if all their offspring lived and reproduced, in a year one pair of voles could reproduce enough to equal the mass of an elephant! I had a terrible problem with them years ago, part of what got me to quit growing carrots, potatoes, beets, and even green beans. All was nibbled and destroyed! At the time the only advice I got was to remove all the mulch because they used that to hide from predators. They had tunnels all over the garden just under the mulch. They got so populous they would run across my feet when I went into the garden!

After removing the mulch and a summer with almost no garden they seemed to disappear.

Sorry no answers for you, I hope others can give you some good ideas!
 
Graeme Wade
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The locals here usually use put a 1ltr plastic bottle up, cut some flaps out of the sides to catch the wind and place it on a stick on the ground. It vibrates and is meant to drive the mole away but Ive had no luck with this method and looking at other peoples gardens it seems hit and miss to me. I also tried a solar powered sonic mole repeller which didnt work either.

Not much help either but I wouldnt bother wasting money on those sonic repellers. An old lady told me that the mole dug soil is actually better for the veggies so Im starting to think its better to just live and let live with them.
 
mick mclaughlin
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moles are carnivores. If something is eating your veggies, it's not moles.

Mole traps work, but ya gotta hit 'em hard!
 
Tim Wells
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mulch brought in the worms and thus the moles and veg-eating molluscs. Try not mulching to reduce or birds.

I use molehill soil as seed compost. I find it superior. It is an oppurtunity not problem?
 
Tim Malacarne
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Hmmmm.... For vole control I built a blacksnake habitat. Put it at one end of the asparagus bed. Just some logs really, in a pattern to allow a snake to slither under there and hide from the sun and weather. Knock on wood, no voles that I can see. Had them some years ago, about killed the asparagus. Have used carbon monoxide from the lawnmower, carbide gas, railroad fusees, you-name-it. No nuclear.... I hates them meeces to pieces!
 
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