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Mole prevention: How to keep moles away

Moles can invade private residences, especially gardens and lawns and can create a permanent abode in such places. While the use of repellants such as Castor oil is common, such repellants will require a huge application in order to make it very effective. Repellants can be sprayed on lawns and tunnels that have direct link to lawns, gardens and other parts of the residence, however, such repellants may have limited applications during raining season as the rain will wash them away and their powers will be drastically reduced. Similar to repellants such as Castor oil, are moth balls , that can also be placed in tunnels and yards- these repellents may be very effective for a while but the stress of replacing such repellants can be a very difficult task for most people. Need mole removal in your hometown? Click here for our nationwide list of hundreds of wildlife removal experts, serving all 50 states!

The use of methods such as placing a bucket over the mole and then transporting it to another location, is only ideal if there are no serious infestations within your yard, lawn or garden.

Exclusion methods such as keeping grasses very low and hardening the soils around the property may help keep moles away. Moles prefer bushy areas where they can hide and burrow, however when the grasses are completely removed or kept too short, and the soil is hard, they will find it difficult to infest your area and migrate to another place. Rather than killing moles, it is ideal to use mechanic devices to trap them or repellants.

Catching moles alive, either with the use of buckets or non-lethal traps, seem to be the best possible way to get rid of them safely, once they are caught, you can then transfer them into cardboard boxes and report them to animal rehabilitation centers . when their activities are not controlled early, Moles may damage plants through their furrows, the animals are perfect in digging and can dig up to 1 feet of hole within a minute. The tunnels created by moles will lead to the death of many advantageous earthworms and your plants may be at risk of dying due to the destruction caused to the soil.

Since moles have poor eyesight, you can use that to your advantage and spray repellants on their tunnels, and your lawn. To do this, simply prepare the repellant by mixing 2 cups of castor oil with 2 tablespoon of dish-washing soap. And both mixed with about a gallon of water. Try as much as possible to apply weekly , but after rainfall( if you stay in regions where rainfall are prominent). Alternatively, you can plant garlic or chocolate lily to scare away moles, because they don’t like the smell of such plants.

Lethal traps like the above pictured pinching or paper clip trap are the most effective ways of getting rid of moles. read about mole trapping. The trap must be a body-gripping one, so that the mole will not escape by dragging the trap far from its position. Simply locate the tunnels used by moles, and then flatten before pushing the soil , to cover the trap slightly. You may also place the live trap at the entrance of the tunnel and then cover it with some soil or leaves. Once a mole step on the trigger of the trap, the animal automatically gets caught.

Spring traps are usually the best form of traps you can use in catching moles, and the reason being that such traps can automatically reset. Make sure you set the spring trap after leveling the tunnel created by a mole. As the mole tries to re-burrow the tunnel, the trap automatically shuts the animal . To make your trap even more effective, you can make use of a bait( the bait should resemble a earthworm, because moles love earthworms more than other kinds of foods). Aside a bait that looks like earthworm, you can also make use of a poisoned peanut as a bait. When using poisoned peanut as a bait, make sure your dogs and cats do not have access to the trap.

Exclusion methods such as the use of Ultrasonic vibration devices powered by batteries, as well as exclusion fences that must be dug at not less than 3 feet below the ground, can also be used to get rid of moles. The use of vibration devices, can create fear in the minds of moles that a predator is fast approaching thus the animal will relocate by itself. Exclusion fences that can be dug into the ground will also ensure that the animal does not burrow underneath the fence and get access to the property.

Methods such as poisoning and shooting of moles are not recommended considering the hazards posed by such methods on humans and other animals. Shooting for instance is not recommended where moles have become endemic, likewise poisoning moles is not recommended because they may not die instantly, and if they die somewhere else, their carcass may constitute environmental hazards to the public. Changing your landscape is probably one of the best possible ways to prevent mole invasion- this means you need to keep grasses and lawns very short, or grow plants that moles will naturally detest. Moles have poor eyesight and smell, thus, you must use such to your advantage in getting rid of them. Learn how to kill a mole.

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