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7 Ways to Rid Your Yard of Moles

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Here’s a humane way, but one that takes a bit longer. Flatten down the mole hills and wait downwind from it. The mole will eventually come and repair the hole. When it is, run to the hole and stick your shovel into the sides of the hole to isolate the mole from its tunnel. Now use your shovel to remove the mole from the ground, place it in a cardboard box, and take it to a field.

If you want to quickly solve the problem, get a mole trap that will kill the mole. But make sure this is really how you want to deal with the problem. There are both above- and below-ground traps. Some are even biodegradable so you don’t have to deal with the mole’s carcass. Always follow the instructions when using these kind of traps.

Live traps are another option if you don’t want to kill the mole but want something pretty effective. You will need to relocate the mole though, or have someone do it for you. The trap keeps the mole alive, but if you just live it in there, it will die.

Another humane way to get rid of moles is by using a repellent. You can make your own or buy some high-quality repellent from the store. These mixtures usually contain soap, castor oil, and/or cayenne pepper. All irritate the mole’s skin. Follow the instructions for the repellent for best effects.

A longer solution, but one that doesn’t have to kill the mole, is creating a barrier for your yard or garden. What you do is dig up the ground around your area and then place some sort of wire or mesh barrier in it. Refill the hole, and the moles shouldn’t be able to get through.

Try using poisoned bait in your yard to kill moles. There are a few downsides to this, however. One, you won’t be able to tell the mole is dead because it will most likely die underground where you can’t see it. Second, don’t do this if you have pets; they can sometimes eat the poison on accident.

Try some natural repellents that should keep the moles at bay. Plants like garlic and chocolate lilies are a great example. Moles don’t like their presence, so they tend to avoid gardens and areas where they grow.