Underground inhabitants of moles come to our plots most often from the forest, so owners of houses with a garden, even in small towns far from woodlands, are less likely to face this problem. In general, it should be noted that moles also have benefits..
For example, moles eat insects and their larvae, including click beetles, wireworms, May beetles, and moth pupae. That is, they destroy pests that you would not at all want to see in your garden and city. There is a known case when in the Czech Republic, in one of the parks, moles were caught and moved farther into the forest. So many May beetles ended up in the park that they had to bring the moles back..
In addition, the land from worm holes is very loose, fertile, without weed seeds. It is advisable to use this land for planting seeds – they will germinate faster. In general, mole soil should be returned under the roots of plants, this is a useful additive. Yes, and it is imperative to get rid of bumps, they spoil the look of your site in any case.
There is more harm from moles in the ennobled area. Not only do they damage the lawn, spoil its appearance, but also destroy the roots of plants that you have grown so carefully. The main food for moles is earthworms, and they are responsible for the fertility of the soil. In search of food, a mole can damage the roots of fruit trees, block the flow of water in drainage ditches with its molehills, and generally wreak havoc on a lovingly decorated area. Therefore, in most cases, you still have to deal with moles.
Let’s immediately determine that we are against the killing of animals, especially since the mole cannot be called such a malicious pest. It is not always possible to fight rodents with a poison, and moles are often simply a pity. Let’s act according to the principle – let them live, but not in my yard!
The most radical and costly method of dealing with moles is to turn your site into an inaccessible fortress for animals. To this end, you will have to dig a ditch around the entire perimeter with a depth of at least 70 centimeters (a meter is better, in general, the deeper, the better) and throw bricks, stones, and construction waste into it. You can dig in the slate so that it protrudes 10-15 centimeters above the ground.
If you still plan to build a fence, for example, from a chain-link, make a concrete foundation under it, deep enough. Yes, it will take a lot of effort and money for building materials, but the mole will not be able to break through to your site and will remain with the neighbors.
Homemade scarers are known among folk methods. These can be simple cans hanging next to a wormhole, plastic bottles with a cut-out hole inserted with their neck down into a mink, wind vane … Loud sounds really scare away moles, but they can start digging a hole literally two meters from the repeller. In addition, it is not known who will be the first to get angry with the ringing of cans – a mole or your guests..
Another popular method is odorous plants or substances poured into a wormhole. You can use tansy, a rag soaked in ammonia or kerosene, elderberry. The downside is that the mole can just dig a new hole next to the “odorous” hole and still actively operate in your garden.
A simple folk method is to fill the holes with water. You can just plug in the hose and wait for the water to start pouring up. Adherents of harsh methods prefer to pour boiling water into their holes, but, again, we decided to refrain from such measures. The mole will leave the flooded hole, but you have no guarantees that he will not dig a new one on your own site.
Such a method as growing plants that repels moles has proven itself quite well. These include imperial hazel grouse (by the way, a very beautiful flower, decoration of any site), marigolds, legumes and hemp. We do not recommend planting hemp, there may be problems with law enforcement agencies, which most likely will not believe in the version with the mole. But legumes, marigolds and imperial hazel grouse will protect your flower beds, tested by many users.
The problem is that there will be no moles directly in the planting of legumes around this bed. In other parts of the garden, they can still appear. Alternatively, you can plant repellent plants along the entire perimeter, but this is still not a 100% guarantee.
Pets – cats and dogs – can help you in the fight against moles. Yes, we admit, in this case, some of the moles will suffer. But not from your hands, but from your natural enemies! The rest will leave so as not to be at risk.
The disadvantage of this method is that not all domestic cats and dog breeds are capable and ready to hunt underground inhabitants, in size significantly larger than mice..
If you are disappointed in folk methods, it’s time to take advantage of innovations such as an ultrasonic mole repeller. Such devices, which is very convenient, can be powered by a solar battery, this saves money on the purchase of power supplies. Factory repellents are usually inserted into the ground next to mole holes, they emit ultrasounds and vibrate the soil..
When buying a repeller, it is important to find out what area it acts on, most likely you will need several devices. Otherwise, the moles will simply go to the other end of the garden and your struggle will continue in a new place..