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What is your best home remedy for ridding the yard of moles?

 
 
Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 07:47 pm
Yet again, after a fairly quiet summer, the moles have moved in and are leaving no blade of grass unturned. I mean, square yards of loose dirt.

How have you best gotten rid of them on your own in your yard?

I have traps (LOTS of them(, but they say that there is a trick to setting them, as in where you set them. Do you know the tricks?

I have a 'mole smoker' that clamps on the car's tailpipe and connects to a garden hose you shove in the burrow, but my current tailpipe is too large. I recommend this method, by the way, having rid myself of many of the pests from the $15 investment. Reusable until someone runs over it with the lawnmower. That's not great on the garden hose, either, btw.

Those 'firecracker' things can work, but they burn awfully darned short. They should come in a gross, not in a package of 4. Then, too, the coons or squirrels like to dig the ends up and make another hole.

Castor oil and products based on it just haven't worked out well for me.

I never tried the Juicy Fruit or Doublemint gum in the run, because... Rolling Eyes

The artificial worms that you plant with gloves may work, but for the price you need "may" to be "DO".

Help.
 
Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 07:57 pm
@ibstubro,
Get rid of your lawn and the moles will leave. Really. Another thing to consider is that moles eat grubs, get rid of the grubs and the moles will move to better hunting grounds. And yes, the gum thing is an old wives tale.
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 08:16 pm
@ibstubro,
Get cats! They'll take care of the moles, and the squirrels, the birds, lizards, just about any little creature running around. Laughing
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 09:52 pm
getting rid of the grubs is the best plan.

liquid ammonia and a pellet gun works pretty well also...
roger
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 11:36 pm
@Rockhead,
I heard of something called Whack A Mole, but don't have any personal experience.
dadpad
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 12:56 am
Moles are overgrowths of the skin's pigment cells (melanocytes). Almost all of us have them. Moles are not normally present at birth but appear in childhood and early teenage years. By the age of fifteen years Australian children have an average of more than 50 moles.
The number of moles that develop in an individual is determined by both genetic (inherited) factors and by sun exposure.

I dont know of any home remedy to remove moles.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 06:07 am
I heard putting used cat litter down the holes will make them move away from the area.

Steel wool discourages them making trails.

But that's not getting rid of them.

Get rid of the grubs and they will move elsewhere.
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 08:02 am
@Green Witch,
Quote:
Get rid of your lawn and the moles will leave.


I had a yard sale, but they failed to pick it up.
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 08:04 am
@Arella Mae,
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Get cats! They'll take care of the moles, and the squirrels, the birds, lizards, just about any little creature running around.


I live on a busy 2 lane highway that takes care of cats, dogs, squirrels and just about any little creature running around.
ibstubro
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 08:09 am
@roger,
Quote:
I heard of something called Whack A Mole, but don't have any personal experience.


So you can gain some valuable life experience, roger:

http://www.addictinggames.com/whackamole.html
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 08:11 am
@Rockhead,
Quote:
liquid ammonia
?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 08:13 am
@ibstubro,
Small tactical nuclear devices:
http://www.tonyrogers.com/weapons/images/davycrockett/W54davy1.jpg
http://www.tonyrogers.com/weapons/images/davycrockett/smallboy.jpg
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Arjuna
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 08:37 am
@Arella Mae,
Yea, one cat that hunts will eliminate moles from the area. I'm not speculating, I've experienced that. There are also rodent killing dogs likes feists. Avoid Jack Russell terriers unless you can accept several years of insanity (yours, not the dog's.)
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 09:14 am
@ibstubro,
ibstubro wrote:

Quote:
Get cats! They'll take care of the moles, and the squirrels, the birds, lizards, just about any little creature running around.


I live on a busy 2 lane highway that takes care of cats, dogs, squirrels and just about any little creature running around.
That definitely would rule out getting cats. I hope you find a solution to your problem.
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 09:17 am
@Arjuna,
Arjuna wrote:

Yea, one cat that hunts will eliminate moles from the area. I'm not speculating, I've experienced that. There are also rodent killing dogs likes feists. Avoid Jack Russell terriers unless you can accept several years of insanity (yours, not the dog's.)
One night I was sitting in my living room and my cat came in with what I thought was a big fuzzy ball. Well, it was a mole! I put a sack over it and let it loose outside. I love cats but I can't watch them torture another animal.

I now have six dogs. All strays. I keep telling my animals to stop inviting their friends but still they show up and I cannot turn them away. I will see if I can convince them to keep that particular brand of terrier from taking up residence. Thanx!
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 09:19 am
@Arella Mae,
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That definitely would rule out getting cats. I hope you find a solution to your problem.


Yeah, it kinda bites...I've had cats all my life and now I live out in the sticks and can't have one.
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 09:23 am
@ibstubro,
I live in the country on ten acres. Fortunately, our house is far enough off the road that it is rare I lose one of my cats, or dogs, to the road. I think I've always had cats. Cats and horses are my favorite animals. Wait, I have to add mules into that now since my horse had one.

So you don't have any pets at all? I know it wouldn't help your mole problem but you could still get an indoor cat, couldn't you?
ibstubro
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 09:34 am
@Arella Mae,
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So you don't have any pets at all? I know it wouldn't help your mole problem but you could still get an indoor cat, couldn't you?


I'm a collections collector specializing in glass. I can't have an indoor _goldfish_ for fear it would knock something off a shelf, and for lack of space. lol 5 useless acres outside.
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 10:30 am
@ibstubro,
Cats and glass collections definitely would be a deadly combination. Is there anything in particular you collect in glass?
ibstubro
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 11:05 am
@Arella Mae,
Toothpicks (dozens), toothpick holders (dozens), drinking straws (100's? 1,000's?), animal figures (100++), people figures (dozens), any opalescent (1,000's of pieces), carnival (dozens), cut (1-200 pieces, est.), Depression (12-20 sets), children's toy & play dishes (100's), Art (100's), salt dips (100's), water pitchers (100ish), Victorian tumblers (100ish), eggs (30-50), swans (dozens), baskets (100's), mini oil lamps (dozens)...

The list goes on, but you get the idea.
Six room ranch, before you even get there! lol
 

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