It must be really disappointing when after all of the hard works that you have put and you are waiting to see good results for your gardening effort, then the opposite condition happened and it is not as what you are expecting.
From the symptoms that you have already identified, you can easily know that the culprits that have done the damages to your lawn are moles. The question now is how to get rid of moles in your garden.
The question now is how to get rid of the moles that are ruining your beloved garden.
Before discussing further details on how you can get rid of the moles, maybe it is good for us to know a little bit about it.
What are Moles?
The scientific name for moles is Eulipotyphla Talpidae. It is a species of mammals that usually active early in the morning and also in the evening.
Moles rarely can be seen on the ground as most of the time these creatures spend their time under the ground. It is not because they shy of us or anything like that; it is just because of their nature to live underground.
Moles are carnivore type of mammals and they do not eat plants.
You might be wondering why are they destroying your garden when they are not even eating the plants?
As we all know the meaning of carnivores is the animals that feed on another animal. In the case of moles, they usually feed on mice, mealworms, shrews and maggots or any other invertebrate that accidentally falls into the moles’ nest.
The damages that have been done by moles to your garden are actually unintentional. It just happened that your garden or lawn is on their pathways for them to walk around and also to find their food.
As moles live underground and make holes underground as their pathway, it will accidentally damage your plants especially the plant’s roots.
That is the reason why you can see all the damages on your lawn and garden.
Moles Attack Symptoms
What are the symptoms of your garden is attacked by moles? Actually, you do not have to be a pest experts or biologist to know this as the symptoms are very easy to be identified.
The first symptom is that you can see small hills and holes around your garden resulted from the digging done by the moles.
This is due to moles are living and moving under the ground and in order to do that they have to dig the soil.
Another symptom of your garden is attacked by moles is when you see your plants suddenly dying.
This may happen because of your plants’ roots are in the middle of moles’ tunnel route. All your plants’ roots may have been damaged by moles while they are digging their tunnel under the ground.
How To Get Rid of Moles in The Garden
There are a lot of ways on how you can get rid of moles in your garden. We will be discussing a few of them in this article.
1. Moles Trap
The first method that you can apply in order to get rid of the moles is by using the trap to catch them.
There are many types of mole traps that being sold in the market. Each different trap has different mechanisms of how to trap the moles.
It is all up to you which one do you prefer. The best place to buy and make comparison between all the traps online is at Amazon.com as there are many collections of moles’ traps that are being sold at Amazon.com website.
An example of mole’s trap that is being sold at Amazon.com is as in the pictures given.
2. Moles Repellent
If you do not like to deal with the living or dead moles that you have trapped, then using the moles repellent is the best choice for you.
This is because the moles’ repellent will act as a barrier around your garden or lawn that will prevent the moles from coming near it and does catch the moles itself.
There are usually two types of mole’s repellents that are available on the market.
The first type is some sort of pesticides that you usually need to scatter and spread it around your garden especially at the suspected moles’ route.
The second type of mole’s repellent is some sort of electronic devices that usually releases or produces annoying waves to prevent the moles.
If you are not keen on using any type of chemicals around your garden especially if you are having small kids that are going to play around, then the electronic type of mole’s repellent could be the best answer for you.
Examples of both types of the mole’s repellent that you can get it on the market are as shown in the given picture.
3. Moles Poison
Another way to get rid of moles in your garden is by using the mole’s poison.
A poison usually acts as bait that will attract the moles to come and eat them.
The mean the mole needs to first eat the poison before the poison can react in the moles’ digestive system and eventually kill the moles.
There is a tricky part in choosing a good moles’ poison to be used in your garden.
This is because moles have a very sensitive smell senses that they can easily detect whether the poison bait that you gave is actually a food or a poison.
The only thing you can do is you need to choose a reliable type of poison in order not to waste your money.
4. Biological Control
This method may come only for the sake of knowledge as there will be not many of us will even try to use this method.
The reason why this method is brought up is because biological control is actually one of the choices that can be done in order to control the mole’s population in your area.
Biological control is basically to introduce predators in the area where there are a lot of prey.
In context with the moles, the most common predators that you can be easily introduced to your area is the owl.
For the conclusion, there are a lot of ways for you to choose in order to get rid of moles in your garden. You just need to choose which one is the best that could suit your need and circumstances.
Please also be careful when choosing your method of getting rid of the moles especially when you are going to deal with poisons.
Please make sure that it is safe to be used in your home area especially when your garden is a place where children are playing around.
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