Ridding your lawn of moles: What really works
How it works: Placing smoke cartridges in mole tunnels about every five to 10 feet and plugging holes with damp, wadded newspaper is supposed to flush out moles.
Pros: "Oh, they're fun to use," says Pehling. And the University of Michigan's Department of Horticulture says smoke fumigation can eliminate moles if enough cartridges are used at once.
Cons: Smoke fumigation is difficult, and experts we spoke to said it didn't work well. "Most of that stuff just seeps in the soil particles," says Pehling. It might work if your soil is very saturated with water and therefore sealed, he guessed.
Cost: $7 to $12 for four cartridges.
The ick factor: Minor. Potentially lots of running around and smoke for little effect, however.
How it works: A metal spring-loaded trap is pushed down into a mole's active tunnel. The animal trips the device when it passes and is killed by the blades. In order for a trap to be effective, it needs to be set in an active "run," or tunnel. To find them, stomp down some tunnels and see which are immediately pushed back up. Place a trap there and make grooves by setting the trap and springing it, to make sure it works, says Schmidt.
Pros: Effectiveness."My recommendation for how to control a mole: trapping, plain and simple. I've never come off of that. Nobody has ever showed me data otherwise" that anything works better, or even as well, says Rogers. The other experts interviewed all agree that if a mole must go, trapping is the most effective way to do it, bar none. And it's just about the only method that provides clear evidence you got the job done.
Cons: The downside of killing moles is – well – dealing with a dead animal; it’s not for the squeamish. You have to check the traps daily, says Schmidt. And trapping isn't legal in every state; some, like Massachusetts and Washington state, don't permit traps that kill moles.
Cost: $11 to $18.
The ick factor: The highest of the options. Be prepared to deal with a tiny squished mammal. In fact, more than one: As soon as a tunnel system is emptied, another mole will likely sniff it out and want to occupy it. A homeowner has to stay on it and keep trapping, Schmidt says. "It's a vigil; it's a mole watch." Eventually, it will taper off, he says – but not before you have to kill several moles.
War of attrition
How it works: "Every time you push a tunnel down, (the mole will) push it back up, but he'll dig deeper," Schmidt says. Do that long enough and frequently enough, and eventually the tunnels won't show. In other words, you can "live with them," he says. Pehling suggests raking out – not stomping down – molehills, however, so that the mole doesn't feel the need to push it right back up.
Pros: For those who aren't excited about killing moles but who still want a nice lawn, the war-of-attrition approach holds some appeal. It also doesn't involve old wives' tales or poisons.
Cons: Not all experts are convinced this aggressive tamping program works.
Cost: Nothing but your time, and potentially lots of it – walking your lawn daily, tamping down tunnels. Pehling says some homeowners use a roller to smooth their lawns ($100 and up).
The ick factor: None, so long as you don't much mind the occasional lumpy lawn and raking down mole hills.
Make over your yard
How it works: Give grass the heave-ho in favor of native plants that require less watering; less water means fewer moles. And the ones that venture in won't drive you bananas. A change of attitude is the most effective strategy of all, says the Humane Society of the United States.
Pros: You'll spend less time watering and mowing your lawn.
Cons: Potentially a lot of initial labor and costs depending on your plant selection and the size of your yard.
Cost: Potentially high; but smaller water bills over the long run.
The ick factor: None. And without moles to chase, you'll have more time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Repel and protect your lawn from moles, voles, and gophers. This is my third year, I saw the mounds last week sprayed stamped them down and now they are gone. Watch to see if the come up else where and spray that area until they are gone.
It Works for about 6-8 weeks and the Moles will come back. I water it in along my neighbors yard about 15 feet along the property line. It coats the worms with Caster oil and the Moles won't want to eat them. 14$ bottle but it works
Just collect your urine in a can, and pour the urine down the hole. I had a horrible mole problem, and as soon as I started pouring urine down the holes - they were gone.
Am I the only one who is reminded of Bill Murray's character in "Caddyshack"? I rent a piece of property in western Washington totaling about three acres. Not only are anti-mole techniques illegal around here, but in my county we have to worry about the subterranean Mazama pocket gophers as well. EPA restrictions protecting the destructive little buggers have led to property owners not even being allowed to put up so much as a doghouse on their own land. All I know for sure is that they make my lawn literally look like a minefield, which I have to maintain as part of my rental agreement. They have already destroyed the suspension of the riding mower provided to me by my landlord, and my yard is so lumpy that I can't even enjoy it for any outdoor activity. I dread the day my dog steps into a mole hole while running and snaps her leg. I don't dare attempt any landscaping or gardening. My neighbor loses at least half of his garden to them each year and we are legally prohibited from doing anything about it.
pawsallot... your post sounds like the makings for one of those "you might be a redneck" jokes.