Control moles in a garden

2016-07-21 06:00
Many mistakenly believe moles kill plants by feeding on their roots, but moles actually prefer worms, grubs and other bugs.             Photo: sourced

Many mistakenly believe moles kill plants by feeding on their roots, but moles actually prefer worms, grubs and other bugs. Photo: sourced

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MOLE control can be a difficult and an ongoing struggle in the garden. Find the most proven way to control moles - with excellent results.

Moles can ruin the appearance of your lawn and flower beds, and their tunnels damage the roots of young plants, flowers and vegetables.

Many mistakenly believe moles kill plants by feeding on their roots, but moles actually prefer worms, grubs and other bugs. Plant damage is a side effect of their travels through the earth. The air pockets they create around the roots of ornamental plants and flowers can cause them to dry out and die.

Traps, baits and repellents offer homeowners the best chance for revenge

The first step is to locate active feeding runways.

Use a broom handle or small stick to poke holes in the runways, and then wait a few hours. The holes that have been plugged back up when you return indicate the active tunnels, which will be the focus of any course of action.

Many repellents are based on castor bean oil. You can spray repellents onto lawns with a garden hose or apply granules with a spreader. Repellents are available at local garden centres, but don’t expect miraculous results.

Traps provide one of the most efficient and economical controls. There are a variety of traps, from wire hoop and scissor-types to tunnel traps.

While it may prevent some lawn damage, battling moles remains a never-ending struggle. These pests are a perennial problem that never goes away. You may control a few, but in time they will be back in your garden feeding on earthworms. – Supplied.

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