Get Moles out of Your Garden


| November/December 2005





Moles like to feed on the grubs, earthworms and other soil critters that they may find in your garden, and in the process they can sometimes damage your plants. A repellent mixture of castor oil and soap usually causes moles to leave an area. Put one-half cup each of castor oil and dishwashing liquid in a jar, and shake well. Use this as a concentrate and mix 2 to 3 tablespoons in a gallon of warm water. Use a watering can to dribble it over the area you want to protect. A castor oil-based commercial product called Mole-Med has the same effect. Until you get the animals to feed somewhere else, make time to visit your garden each morning and step on all the tunnels around your plants.
barbara pleasant_3
6/28/2010 11:21:09 AM

Ed, you may have voles rather than moles. Voles eat vegetables, whereas moles eat worms and insects. You can learn more about voles here. http://icwdm.org/handbook/rodents/Voles.asp Cats are good predators and can reduce populations, and there are several other methods to try. In my experience, voles can be very bad in some years, and not much of a problem in others.


ed_39
6/27/2010 1:19:03 PM

I like the non-leathal way of getting rid of the moles with natural products. I am going to have to try it. I did the pitch fork method but they are prolific in my yard and I seem to keep missing them. I have a wooded area on one side of my property and they seem to just come out of the woods. I know they eat the grubs in my yard, so that is a benefit, but I just went to my garden and it seems they like carrots too. I pulled a group of green tops out but the carrot was missing. A small hole was where my carrots should have been and a tunnel running the length of my row of carrots. Hopefully it has had it's daily vegetable serving until I get the garden treated with soap and castor oil.






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