Whichever way you look at it, moles don’t play fair. They like nothing more than destroying gardens and reducing the hard work of home-owners to rubble, but at the same time they’re just too sweet and adorably cute to even consider harming. Some of course aren’t phased by all this sweetness, but the less said about murderous types, the better.
The thing about moles is that although they can make your lawn look like an outright disaster, they’re actually pretty harmless when it comes to your plants, flowers and vegetables. As such, there’s really no excuse for exterminating them outright – especially when it’s perfectly possible to get rid of them pain and death-free.
How to Identify a Mole Problem
When you spot mole hills in the garden, chances are you’ll think there’s a hundred of the things living below the surface. In reality though, the mole may have visited and then gone on its merry way, meaning once you repair the damage, no harm done! To find out if you have an active mole problem, squash any mole runways you can see with your boot and take a look the next day to see if it’s once again back to its former glory. If it is, you have residents!
Capturing Moles Alive
One of the oldest and easiest ways to catch a live mole without causing it any harm at all is to flush the thing out with water. It’s a case of sticking a hose into one of the molehills and turning on the flow, which floods the tunnel with water and prompts the mole…if present…to exit. Keep an eye on the other molehills and if anything scrambles out, you can capture it in a bucket and take it to a safe location away from your garden.
Be warned though – they’re pretty quick so you might need to team up on this one!
Build a Barrier
Another effective way of keeping moles at bay it to create a physical barrier they can’t, or at least won’t, cross. It’s a case of digging a relatively deep trench anywhere you thing they’re getting in and out, in order to summarily fill it with gravel, pebbles or anything else their little fingers and toes won’t be able to dig through. Dig these to about two-feet in depth and its unlikely the mole with bother tunnelling under.
Then of course there are the ultrasonic stakes that transmit a high-frequency sound moles really aren’t keen on at all. You won’t hear it at all, but the mole will run a mile rather than go anywhere near the garden it’s situated in. Effectiveness varies, but it’s a nice and simple approach to try out.
Humane Edible Repellents
And finally, forget reaching for the poison and instead try one of the humane repellents you can pick up from garden centres. Rather than killing or harming the mole, they instead trigger a slightly unpleasant reaction with its digestive system, which in turn motivates the mole to head to new pastures and never bother you again!