If I had a sure-fire cure for mole problems in lawns, I’d be a millionaire! But hang on! Don’t press the back button yet… I do have some practical advice for you that will help to reduce and eliminate your mole and/or ground vole problem in your lawn. But it takes a little work, and some patience on your part.
In the Midwest, we call them “moles,” and in the South, they call them “Voles,” but they are essentially the same rodent doing the same damage to your lawn.
Moles don’t eat the grass as many people suspect. Instead, they burrow tunnels just below the soil surface as they forage for grubs worms, earth worms and insects. These tunnels essentially destroy the root system of the lawn, killing it.
You mostly see them in established neighborhoods (not new construction) and near woods and forest preserves.
So how do we eliminate moles in your lawn?
First off, you can reduce the food sources of the mole, that being the grub worm. You should place a long-lasting grub preventative in your lawn each summer to reduce grub worm activity in your lawn. This will not guarantee the moles will leave, but it will certainly help. For more environmentally cautious grub control alternative, try Milky Spore.
Next, you can use mole repelling treatments in your lawn that are designed to drive them away. Most of these products work very well if you have patience and follow the directions set forth. Most of us are not interested in actually killing the moles, just relocating them, and there are many environmentally friendly and mole friendly alternatives to a .22 caliber rifle.
A very popular mole repelling “system” is called “Whole Control” and is available for a very good price at Yardiac. I also use this same product to keep rabbits from digging around my perennials during the summer and fall with very good results. Here is what they have to say about it:
Say Goodbye to Moles and Voles Forever!
Getting rid of moles and voles can be a difficult task! However by
following a few simple steps it can be done.
I recommend Whole Control: This concentrate is sprayed directly into the areas where
armadillos, moles, voles, gophers, and other burrowing animals are digging. It is not a poison and will not hurt any animals. Whole Control will leave a residual in the ground which tastes awful. As in but DOES NOT hurt the animals. Invaders dig, they will come in contact with the bad tasting soil and quickly decide the bad taste is too strong and prompt them to find food elsewhere.
Honestly folks, this is the only way I recommend you get rid of moles in your lawn. After all, we don’t want to kill the little buggers, just drive them to another place. Control your moles now! Click Here
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