When you notice a mole digging in your yard, it's natural to worry about the health of your plants. Moles aerate the ground around them and may damage the root systems of neighboring plants. Learning what attracts moles to your yard will help you to drive them from your garden.
How To Spot A Mole
When you're looking for moles, it can be hard to know what signs to look for as moles rarely surface from their tunnels. If a mole is present in your lawn, you will notice tunnels on the ground. These tunnels may appear as raised trails in soft soil or as trails of dead grass on your lawn.
Moles create holes when they enter the earth and where they exit. Many pests burrow, but a mole hole is distinguishable by its size. A mole is about the size of the potato, making it larger than a vole, but smaller than a gopher.
Fresh mole activity may be spotted by finding mounds of dirt that are volcano shaped. A single mole will create a seemingly endless network of tunnels on its own. Spotting many volcano-shaped mounds may not mean you have many moles infesting your lawn; you may have only a single diligent worker.
Preventing Mole Damage
Moles can ruin the appearance of your turf with their tunnels and may disturb the roots of delicate plants. There are two ways to prevent damage from moles: using repellents and barriers.
Hard barriers made of plastic or firm cloth will prevent moles from damaging delicate root systems. Once the mole senses an obstacle it can't tunnel through with ease, it will move in a different direction. This method works best for protecting small, specific areas of your yard.
To protect a larger area of your landscape you will want to use a mole repellent. Mole repellents are sprinkled or sprayed over a large area of your lawn. These repellents often use castor bean oil as a primary ingredient. This ingredient leaves an unpleasant odor in the mole's tunnels and also coats earthworms to make them taste bad to the mole.
How To Drive Moles Away
To drive moles away, you will want to make them as uncomfortable as possible. Moles love to eat grubs and earthworms, among other garden bugs. You can target grubs specifically by using granules. Once the mole's food source is scarce, the mole will move on.
Another way to make your landscape less accommodating to moles is to water your lawn less frequently. A mole feeds as it tunnels through the earth. So if you prevent it from tunneling as easily, it will move to a different area where it can feed more freely.
If eliminating grubs and letting your garden stay on the dry side isn't driving the moles away, you may need to reach out to a pest control professional. Pest control professionals have a wide variety of baits and traps that will help drive moles away for good. For more information on rodent removal, contact a company like Velocity Rodent/Wildlife Control.