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Moles Help!!!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by weedwackyrizzz, Mar 25, 2003.

  1. weedwackyrizzz

    weedwackyrizzz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I have a problem with a lot of moles in my lawn, and also my neighbor. What can I do to get rid of them and not have them come back. I live in the N.Y Long Island area. I understand that moles are attracted to grubs but it does not seem to be a problem in my lawn, but I do live in a sandy area which it makes it easy for the moles to dig. I was told that Lime will do the job. So if anybody can help please do. Thanks.
    Frank:D :angel: :blob2:
  2. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    The most effective way is to set mole traps out which will kill them. I have never heard of lime being effective on moles.
  3. weedwackyrizzz

    weedwackyrizzz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Thank you for your reply, but I would rather not trap or kill them but rather chase them away with some kind of fertilizer. If trapping is the only way then what do I do with them after I catch them?:cry: :dizzy: :gunsfirin
  4. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    well you can bury them if you like or toss em in the dumpster. It all depends on how many tunnels they have in your yard. ;)
  5. LWNMWR1

    LWNMWR1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    moles are in your yard because there is a food source. eliminate it and the problem will fade. they really like grubs and certain plants(with yummy roots) good luck.
  6. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    I agree with Lombardi,

    I've tried the poisons, smoke/ gas ****, grub control and just about everything else there is.
    True - if you take away their food-source they'll disappear as well. Grub control isn't cheap and I don't believe that one should dump chemicals everywhere for every little problem.
    The best way to get rid of them is to trap them.
    Best trap I found is the dual choker style, save for kids and pets while more effective than single thread designs.

    The only thing I haven't tried and am not sure how they work are 'noise - scares'.
    If you are squemish about killing moles, there are several different products available - from windmill designs to battery powered units - which supposedly emit a frequency that the moles don't like.

    If you end up trying this method please come back and let us know how well it worked.

    Good luck
  7. syncom2

    syncom2 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 55

    I'd strongly suggest that you pay "TheMoleMan.com" a visit. Much useful information can be gleaned from this site.
  8. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Why is it that so many people want to get rid of moles, but when a seasoned professional tells them the best way to do that is to kill them, the customer doesn't want to do that.

    They are pests, vermin and do NOTHING good. They eat earthworms too, so go ahead and kill all the grubs and you'll still have moles.

    I have a customer who spent $300 last year to get rid of moles. It looks like there are actually more of them this year. This month she had me get $130 worth of those "sonic mole chasers". I told her I didn't know if they worked or not. I've heard that they do and I've heard that they don't. :rolleyes:

    Just kill them and be done with it.
  9. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    For a quick overview of moles, go to <a href="http://www.entm.purdue.edu/entomology/ext/targets/ADM/ADMPDF/ADM-10.pdf">ADM-10 - Moles</a>. Use a scientific source for true learning. There are many, many old wives tales about moles. You could spend thousands of dollars and entertain yourself for several lifetimes on all the mole cures, LOL. Oh yeah, you'd still have moles.

    If you are really serious about restricting moles from your property, instead of trapping them, you can build a mole fence, but it will be a lot of work. See all the real info there is on moles at <a href="http://wildlifedamage.unl.edu/handbook/handbook/">Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage</a>. Just scroll down on that page to "Moles." These are all .pdf files.
  10. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    Check out the sources listed above, I agree. A large portion of the mole's diet is earthworms. Unless you're going to get rid of this beneficial insect, you have to remove the pest.

    Besides, having moles to some degree is a sign of a healthy ecosystem - lots of worms is a great thing.

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