When you have a yard mole problem, you just know it. After all, it’s hard to blame all of those mounds of dirt on another burrowing animal since moles are much more common in Tennessee than voles and gophers. If you are experiencing bouncy or unstable patches of ground in your lawn, seeing an increase of dirt mounds (mole hills), or noticed signs of tunneling, you can safely assume it is mole animals.
Continue reading to learn your options for dealing with a yard mole outbreak, and who to trust for dependable and affordable critter control if nothing you do seems to work.
Moles are Destructive and Fast
Yard moles are innately equipped with long, sharp claws that are inverted, allowing them to gracefully dig and tunnel through the ground with ease. In fact, the Chehalis Indian word for a yard mole translates to “hands turn backward.” Because of this unique attribute, it is quite possible for just one mole to wreak havoc on a lawn in as little as 24 hours. In fact, they can dig an average of 18 feet an hour. Moles create extensive tunnel systems below ground in which they achieve scurrying speeds of up to 80 feet per minute! So, good luck catching a mole by hand!
Methods of Yard Mole Control
Moles are insectivores, which means they eat insects and invertebrates. Many people assume they eat lawn grubs, so to get rid of yard moles they apply a poison to their lawns to kill off all the grubs. But the truth is, although moles will eat grubs, they mostly feed on earthworms, which you cannot get rid of. So, you will need to rely on and implement other kinds of mole control methods to ensure yard moles won’t be a bother to your property in the future.
Here is What You Can Do to Get Rid of Yard Moles:
☑ Castor Oil Applications
Moles hate the taste of castor oil. If you generally spray castor oil on the affected areas of your lawn every other week, it can help thwart their interest in your property. This is labor intensively, as it must be done every other week for 12 full months for full efficacy. It can also be quite messy, so be prepared to don old clothing and protective gear during applications.
☑ Natural Plant Repellents
Moles also hate the taste and smell of some natural plants, like alliums, fritillarias, castor beans, marigolds, and even something called a mole plant. If you garden in a perimeter around your property or the affected areas of your lawn, you can deter moles from entering. BEWARE: Mole plant and castor beans are poisonous to kids and pets, so be very cautious when applying them to your mole deterrent plan.
☑ Homemade Yard Mole Repellent
You can make a non-toxic and safe yard mole repellent that is not harmful to pets or children. Simply fill a clean plastic spray bottle with water, garlic oil (or minced garlic), hot peppers, moth balls, dish soap, and as mentioned before, castor oil. This solution will instantly repel yard moles due to its pungency.
☑ Professional Wildlife Control and Removal
Would you prefer a long-term solution to animal-proofing your property against moles and other nuisance critters? Contact Budget Animal Removal at 615-337-9165 for TWRA licensed and insured Nashville, Tennessee animal removal for yard moles and more. We serve commercial clients, too!
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