Yard Mole Removal
Help Save Your Yard: Mole Removal Techniques and Tips
If you’ve noticed patches of damaged, spongy earth in your yard, mole removal may be something for you to consider. Although moles don’t typically damage crops or plants, they have a tendency to wreak havoc on your lawn, leaving subterranean zigzagging tunnels across your lawn.
In cases like this, something clearly needs to be done to save your yard. Mole removal techniques, however, are very hit-or-miss. Many are sub-par in regards to result, and many simply don’t work at all. This article seeks to provide several ideas and tricks for yard mole removal.
Since many mole repellants can actually injure your family, pets, and yard, many people choose to utilize mole bait instead. While the animal-lovers may want to try mole barricades, people engaged in an all-out mole war will find this method very effective.
Mole bait comes in a variety of forms, but one of the best types is laced with a powerful neurotoxin. This bait is designed to look, feel, and smell like a common earthworm. This entices the mole to take the bait, and it dies after consumption. Removal of the mole may or may not be necessary; it depends on whether or not it surfaces prior to death.
Removing the Food Source
For people that are uncomfortable killing moles, an alternative option is to make the yard less appealing by removing yummy food that will attract moles and keep them coming back for more. The primary diet for your typical mole consists largely of grubs. A great way to eliminate the attraction factor of your lawn for moles is to get rid of this food source. This does not mean that you need to go and purchase harmful pesticides. Rather, you can instead purchase diatomaceous earth and spread a layer of it on your yard. This wonderful substance is able to dry up grub bodies without harming your plants or the grass in your yard.
While this is a great way to get rid of two pests at once, it is important to remember that the earth will need to be periodically replaced o remain effective. For some people, this may prove to be too expensive or time consuming.
If the idea of having to continually replace mole bait or repellant doesn’t suit you, consider a permanent solution to your mole problems. Creating barricades or structural deterrents are a great way to protect your lawn and property from these pests.
Since they have much difficulty digging through thick and dense materials, you can use this to your advantage. Protect walkways, porches, and gardens by digging shallow (not too shallow!) trenches around them. Fill these trenches with a thick layer of clay and then top it off with gravel. While this may seem unattractive to you, there are a great deal of products on the market to “pretty up” your trenches. You can purchase roll-out lawns to cover the gravel, or add decorative stones to turn the trenches into attractive border features for your lawn. Get creative!
Ask the Experts
While you will certainly get several ideas from browsing online, and will likely find a cornucopia of products promising results, the simple fact is that many of them simply are not very effective. If time and money is important to you, then you should seek out expert advice from someone in your area.
If you have gardening centers or nurseries in your area, it will likely be worth the trip to head there and speak to a gardening expert on staff. They get paid by the hour in most cases, and will not try to sell you the most expensive item to supplement their own income. They will know what products work and which ones don’t, and can likely give you advice based on your geographic region as well.