MOLES--Lots of them this year

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dfor, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 824

    Seems like alot more moles this year than in the past. I see moles and their trails in about 50% of my lawns. Anyone else??
     
  2. LakeSide Lawn and Landscape

    LakeSide Lawn and Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 337

    moles are bad this year,I guess from all the rain we had here made the grub population thrive.I always try to keep up on the grubs when I first notice the problem.
     
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    only on one lawn do I see the results of moles.

    the lady is clueless except that she got real mad at me last week.

    she complained that "well-that didn't take long!".

    and I said: "well Mrs. X, all you have for a lawn is field weeds."

    and she informed me real quick that I had been mowing "fine bermuda".

    so my question (asides from the moles) is: is bermuda just a field weed?

    snaggly, thatchy, gnarley bermuda! that is what I say!

    GEO
     
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    yup, lots of moles this year for us as well
     
  5. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,217

    ya, now what ACTUALLY works to get rid of them?
     
  6. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 796

    get rid of the grubs= no moles
     
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    actually the moles main diet is earthworms
     
  8. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    The lawns I have the worst mole problem with this year are ones that I put mach II grub control on. Maybe they are on the move looking for somthing else to eat?

    Someone told me today that they heard that castotoil sprayed on the lawn will make the moles sick and they will leave. Has anyone heard if this actually works? and if so where can I get a lot of castoroil?
     
  9. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    I haven't heard of that one yet, but you never know. Castor oil is used to clean out the bowels and digestive tract. You can find it in Walgreens, Walmart, Meijer, etc... . That would be one expensive lawn treatment; especially on a large property. Don't know if you could dilute it with veg. oil.
     
  10. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    The reason for the abundance of moles is due to the wet soil and earthworms moving closer to the surface. Most garden centers will have a Castor Oil/Pepper spray which is supposed to deter these varmits, but not sure how effective it is. I would be careful with children and pets though.
     

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