Getting Rid of Squirrels
How do you get rid of moles? I have one that is ripping up my yard and I don't know how to get rid of him.
We have had some experience with this problem recently. This is what I found out from our county extension's master gardeners. Putting water down the holes does not work. There isn't any poison or gas that works either. Your best bet is to get a mole trap from a feed and seed store. You then follow the instructions to the letter and get the little critter. We paid about $10 for our mole trap. I also learned that moles eat soft-bodied grubs and insects only. If you have crane flies in your yard, the moles really like their larvae, something we have in Oregon. Get rid of the source of food. Another big thing is that it is very important to get rid of the mole before winter. During winter is when they mate and produce babies.
To help get rid of moles, first get rid of their food supply. Grubs! Once you have done that the moles will go else where for food. By the way, the grubs are Japanese beetle larvas. In other words, the grubs grow up to be Japanese beetles. A good place to go to get the best help is your local farm and feed store or try your local county extension. They can tell you other things to try or stores to go to.
I have used flea and tick shampoo. Use 1 cup of flea and tick shampoo (for cats & dogs) to 20 gallons of water and it will do 2,500 sq. ft. I have given this idea to several people and it seems to work.
The other thing you can try is to go to a beauty shop and get some hair that has been cut. Use something to put it down into the runs in the yard. It is said that the hair makes the mole itch and they don't like that and will leave the area. I have not tried this one but have heard it works.
The best way I have found to get rid of moles is to plant a plant called "skunk lilies" in your yard. I believe there is another name, a proper one, but I don't know what it is right now. My mom planted them in the four corners of her yard and has never had a problem with moles and any other burrowing animal since. The one easily noticeable factor of these lilies is that the bulb smells just like a skunk. The flowers on the ones we have are orange and do resemble lilies, just not the prettiest of them.
I have a recipe that will get rid of your moles and not harm your yard. Take 1 cup of Murphy's Oil Soap, 1 oz. Castor Oil and 1/4 cup Cayenne Pepper. Mix and cut 2 to 1 with warm water. Put this in a hose end sprayer and saturate the area where you are having the problem. If you can find its burrow entrance flood the hole and oil soap will make the castor oil stick to its skin. The Castor Oil is a natural stinging agent and causes its skin to itch and the Cayenne pepper will burn where it itches. This mixture will not kill it but it will make it very unwelcome. If you have a strong rain, re-spray as soon as the ground is dry and do not let the family pets get in this area. This is also good for squirrels, coons and possums.
I recently found an animal and pest repellent called Shake-Away. There are two forms: Fox Urine Powder (for moles, opossums, mice, etc.) and Coyote Urine Powder (for animals such as deer, raccoon, and elk) .The way it works is each powder triggers a fear response in other animals. Sensing the urine of a predator they leave the area. You can get more information at shake-away.com (make sure you insert the hyphen).
Call your local Animal Control Center, and ask them how they recommend getting rid of the moles. We did this for armadillos. They gave us a cage and food and came to pick up the caught animal for free.
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