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It’s not hard to tell when you have a mole in your yard because the destruction that they cause is beyond evident. They will consume your garden within in no time while creating a yard that is unappealing due to the holes and tunnels that they dig. Oh, and they’re bad about leaving their mounds of dirt where they’re very noticeable. So how do you repel moles and keep them from ruining your yard? Let’s take a look at some of the repellants that people find useful today.
Castor Oil Repellant
Castor oil is found in a lot of repellants for moles, but because buying them over the counter can be quite expensive, most people mix their own mixture to spread around their yard and garden. 2 tsp of dish soap, 1/3 cup of castor oil and 1/3 cup of water can be mixed together to create a foamy mixture that should be poured down any mole holes and around your yard and garden. This mixture should be stored in a dark, cool spot inside of a sealed container. An alternate solution might consist of 1/3 castor oil, 1/3 of red pepper and 1 cup of oil soap wood cleaner. People have suggested that if you alternate between the cleaners, not only will it repel moles but they won’t have to worry about them becoming immune to the repellant any time soon. It has to be reapplied once a month or after heavy rain. The problem is that at some point the moles probably will become immune to it and there is no guarantee that it will even affect them at all.
Moles are not very fond of repellants that have a strong odor or taste which is why mole plants could work as a deterrent. These plants include garlic, onion, castor bean plants, chives, allium giganteum and even the mole plant. The mole plant is a plant that has leaves and stems that disperse a substance similar to milk. Moles have a tough time digesting this substance. However, experts have stated that this plant is only effective if you position them in a ring around the area that you want to protect. The drawback with these plants is that some of them are poisonous and cannot be planted in a yard where children and pets reside for safety reasons.
Flooding the Tunnels
You could take a water hose and stick into a hole that a mole has created leading to their tunnels. Turn the water on full speed allowing the water to run through the tunnels and flush out any moles that may be hiding in them. After a few minutes of flooding out the tunnels, you may see a mole trying to escape. If this works, which there is no real evidence that it does, could you imagine how many times you would have to do this a day? Surely, they’d return after the water goes off and what would you do then? This less than a temporary solution is a waste of time.
Solar Clay Mole Repeller
While moles may have poor eyesight, they are very sensitive to the vibrations of the ground. The solar clay mole repeller is a device that easily sets into soft soil and it distributes irritating sounds in 30 second intervals while also sending vibrations that scare the moles away. These devices differ from company to company, but most of them cover at least 1300 feet. This device is charged by the sun and can perform for at least 4 days without charging. Considering that it’s buried flush with your lawn, no one will notice it and you’ll still be able to mow your yard without any problems. Just like any other repellant, this repellant has drawbacks. What happens when the sun is inactive for longer than 4 days? Oh, and did I mention that you have to actually use this device for 7-14 days before the moles actually start to relocate?
All repellants are temporary and encourage you to spend more money in order to manage the problem. Why waste money on temporary solutions when you can talk to an expert about long term solutions that eliminate moles from your yard altogether?
More in-detail how-to mole removal articles:
Information about mole trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a mole - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep moles away - prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a mole - remove one stuck in the house.
Information about mole repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.
This site is intended to provide mole deterrent education and information about mole repellents, such as those you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a mole problem. This site provides many mole control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. But remember, mothballs and fox or coyote urine won't do the trick, nor will high pitch sound or noise machines. If you are unable to solve the problem on your own, which is likely with many cases of mole removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance mole.
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