The Q&A Archives: Getting rid of moles

Question: What is the best way to rid your lawn and garden of those pesky little critters, ground moles? Grace M. Brown Glenmont, OH

Answer: There are many ways to try to get rid of moles. Moles feed on grubs and earthworms living in yor lawn or garden. The damage they do is to plant roots while they are tunneling. Your first consideration should be to control the grub population in your lawn and determine how serious a problem the moles are. Some gardeners consider moles beneficial because they are such good insectivores. If you have a majot problem with them, your first task in treating moles is to determine which of their runways are active. You can do this be tramping down areas of raised soil that indicate tunneling. The tunnels that are raised a day later are active. Some methods of treatment are flushing with water best done in the spring, buring a fencing of small mesh tightle woven hardware cloth or a low cement wall, or trapping ,live in a pit trap or using a lethal trap. Moles hate the smell of castor oil beans, so you can try a relatively new spray called Mole Med that uses the oil from these beans.

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