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Them Pesky Moles!

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by The Lawn Boy Pro, Sep 7, 2003.

  1. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Anyone know how to EFFECTIVELY get rid of them? MY LAWN IS AT STEAK HERE!!!!! :eek: :D
  2. sloth

    sloth LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    You need to get rid of their foodsources. They feed on underground insects, grubs etc... Traps work well, get an old one,though the new ones are made cheaply.
  3. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    WRONG!! Wrong!! Wrong!!

    To not feed moles, you would have to remove all insect life and worms from your soil. Really dumb thing to do.

    Again, learn about the biology of your problem - a good start is <a href="http://www.entm.purdue.edu/entomology/ext/targets/ADM/ADMPDF/ADM-10.pdf">ADM-10</a>. Trapping is generally considered the best means of controling moles.
  4. ducky1

    ducky1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    I have always heard that bubble gum will get rid of them. I happen to have a cat that likes to catch and eat.
  5. Moguy

    Moguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238

    Traps would work and Mole Med did seem to work on a neighbors property.
  6. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    I've heard of the Juicy-Fruit bubble gum thing before, never tried it though. Anyone know if its effective?
  7. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,268

    To rid moles I have found 2 things that work.
    #1) mole-med works for about one month....I would recommend this in the veg. garden.

    #2) Sevin G at the grub rate will kill earthworms for about 9 months thus eliminating the moles main food source. The earthworns Will come back and the moles will take some time later before they return because they will have found another food source.

    If you don't want to use chemicals the you can roll the lawn on a weekly basis to close up the mole tunnels or let the soil dry if possable as this makes it harder for the moles to dig.

    Pete D
  8. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    Organic area and we get recommendation of Sevin to kill all the earthworms!!!! Wow.....
  9. Johnny

    Johnny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Read the other mole thread (casteroil for moles???)
  10. Johnny

    Johnny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Chemicals that kill the moles food source (earthworms) is not good...think about it. Oils, gum, repellants, etc. do not work. Poisons do not work. Traps can work, but not very well. Catch the mole (there is only one mole living on your property at a time, most likely). Catch those suckers with a shovel and patience. You must be persistant and quick to act. Close/collapse any and all feeding tunnels located just under the surface. And if you see those large piles of soil in the spring and fall, then you have an underground home being built. And you will be fighting moles for years to come. So catch them before they become established.

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