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How to Prevent Moles in Your Yard

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How to Prevent Moles in Your Yard

Stopping moles from invading your yard is something you’d like to do before they show up. They have beady little eyes and very good hearing. Why don’t we explore what you can do to steer them away from your property?

  1. 1.Roots

    Moles are diggers. They don’t eat any of your precious vegetation. What moles do is much more subtle. As they burrow around your yard they destroy the root structures of plants. Not only will that turn the lawn brown. When pressure is put on the topsoil, the tunnels collapse making long ruts in your yard.


    One solution is to visit a local tool-rental store and lease a “spike aerators.” Using a spike aerator breaks-up the grass’ roots. By punching-up holes at regular intervals, you’ll split apart the thatch that builds-up underground.


    Worms, grubs and other small insects live in those thickets of roots below the surface. Moles eat bugs. That’s why they’re burrowing around, looking for tasty insects to eat.

  2. Since this nearly blind creature feeds on bugs that live down below, eliminate their source of food.
  3. 2.Rock Replacing Lawn

    Since this nearly blind creature feeds on bugs that live down below, eliminate their source of food. Landscaping with stone is not only nice to look at; rocks are very low-maintenance. Maybe it’s time to create a concrete patio. Since moles eat bugs and concrete, cement and stone don’t attract insects, this might be another solution to consider.

  4. 3.Chemical Treatment

    Castor oil wards-off moles. Go to a well-stocked hardware store and purchase a big bag of Castor oil granules. Read the directions and spread the material around your yard. Between cutting-off their source of food and Castor oil granules, you now have a one-two punch to prevent the moles from going any further.

  5. 4.Natural Solutions

    Another organic solution might be to plant borders or clusters of euphorbia, castor beans, marigolds and fritillaria around the yard. Moles do not like these type of plants. If you’re burying plant bulbs, before you put them in the ground, dust them with 20% thiram. It will only repeal the critters for about 3-weeks so it’s not a long-term solution.

  6. 5.Insecticide

    We’ve talked about insects and how they are the main source of food for a labor of moles. That’s what you call a bunch of them – a labor of moles. Another method is the back door approach. Insecticide. When the moles source of food is killed-off, the moles go elsewhere for nutrition.

  7. 6.Traps

    This approach is usually taken after your property has been infected. If you are driven enough, it can’t hurt you to lay a few of them around before the invasion. At the hardware store, ask if they have either scissor-law or harpoon mole traps.


    Be careful. If you have kids that play in your yard, you might want to forgo using these dangerous devices to trap moles. And needless to say, if you’re squeamish; you reap what you sow. You’re going to have to dispose of whatever ends up in the trap. Use traps with the utmost caution. Killing critters should always be the last option. Be friendly with nature and it will cooperate with you, too.

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