There are 12 genera of Moles in the world and the United States has at least 5 of them. The most common is the eastern or garden mole. This mammal has a pointed snout, rudimentary eyes, soft velvety fur, broad feet and long powerful claws on it's front pair of legs. Moles are a nuisance around the home and garden because they dig tunnels just below the surface of the ground. These tunnels seem never ending and will cause damage to grass and shrubs. They are on a never ending
quest to find food and this will lead them to yards where insect and worm populations are high. Homeowners will become frustrated and infuriated with the damage these small yet persistent creatures will do. It is not uncommon for them to cause damage to all types of turf including Bermuda and Fescue. In the garden, they will tear root systems of plants and flowers which can cause them to die. Although they are insectivores, moles have been found to like certain root systems common plants in the garden have to offer. Many plants are killed by moles which are feeding on insects nesting and living around plants and shrubs. This article will address how to control the grub population moles feed on and then offer suggestions on how to control the moles.
First, Remove Their Source of Food
Since moles are attracted to yards that have an abundant supply of insects, keeping grub populations of insects reduced should reduce mole activity. In some cases this will work. Make sure to treat your yard once or twice a year. There are two products which work well for this purpose; TEMPO and BIFENTHRIN GRANULES. Many people use both because they will deliver a one two punch which works well in the long run. The liquid provides a quick knockdown and kills off active larva. Tempo is both easy to use and quick acting. It will last a month or two and it's effect is to kill the grubs which moles are seeking. Apply it with a HOSE END SPRAYER which simply attaches to your hose and uses the water pressure from your garden hose to spray. Although the Tempo will provide quick knockdown, the use of Bifenthrin Granules will provide a longer window of protection. This will prove helpful in controlling the larva which hatch out after liquid treatments. This is important in some climates that have long mild seasons and eggs may be hatching more than one time a year. These granules are easy to apply and will last several months per application. A bag will treat 1/4-1/2 acre. Use one of our HAND SPREADERS to do the application. Both will work but the larger unit is well worth the investment since it will work for all types of granules including fertilizer. It's so much easier to use than push spreaders and it works better. If you have a yard which has not been treated for grubs before, it is recommended that you do two treatments twice a year for a year or two. This will knock down existing populations and provide a residual which will help to prevent new ones.
To take care of your mole problem, follow these steps:
Step 1: Walk over every mole tunnel you see to push the grass back in place so it can take root and grow again. Use colorful golf tees to mark mole runs that pop up again and again. Give these runs a good dose of my Mole-Chaser Tonic:
- 1-1/2 tbsp. of hot sauce,
- 1 tbsp. of liquid dish soap,
- 1 tsp. of chili powder, and
- 1 qt. of water.
Mix all of these ingredients together, and pour a little of the mix into mole runways to make those moles run away!
Step 2: When you find an open mole hole, drop in a piece of unwrapped Juicy Fruit chewing gum and a clove of garlic that's been partially crushed. The critters' little pink snouts will turn red with confusion! Any moles who have not yet made up their minds about hitting the road will quickly decide that your yard is not such a good place to be after all!
Problem: Help! Moles are ruining my lawn! I have cats, and I've heard that you can use kitty litter to get rid of moles. Is that true?
Solution: Yes, it is. Take the soiled litter, and sprinkle it in the runs every 3 feet or so. That should soon send 'em running!