The Q&A Archives: Moles

Question: Moles are messing up my lawn and also digging uder the tubers of my Peony's, Lilly's in my flowerbeds. I have already tried all kinds of things....How do you get rid of them?

Answer: Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have the Townsend Mole - the largest and most hungry of them all. While there are many products on the market that claim to deter moles, as long as you have healthy soil teaming with grubs and earthworms, moles will find them. The best solution is to trap the moles. You can do this by discovering which of the tunnels is their main run and placing the trap there. Take a long screwdriver, or an unbent coat hanger and probe the soil until you find a long tunnel. Moles make short tunnels that lead to sleeping quarters and refuse areas. Their main runs are long and often there are two or more. Once you've found a main run, place the trap, cover it up, and exercise patience. Eventually you'll get them all. If it's any consolation, moles like nice healthy, loose soil containing lots of grubs and other insects. It's a complement to your skills as a gardener to have moles visit!

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