Mole Control Checklist
- How long have you had you mole problem
- The area of your mole infestation
- Why have you got moles?
- How much will it cost?
- How long will it take?
- The legal side of getting rid of moles
- Your personal preference & safety
How Long Have You Had Your Mole Problem?
If this is a problem that has been going on for
years, getting rid of your moles now is going to be a tough job. If
all your neighbors also have had the same problem for years, it gets
even more complicated, because you have to think about coordinated action, and possibly shared cost.
The longer you have had moles in your garden, the
more established they will be. The mole tunnels might well be very
deep, and their nest might well be in a location you can't get to.
The area of your mole infestation
Experts say that a single mole can "hunt" over an area as large as
1.5 acres. Depending on where you live, there could be as many as 20
homes on such an area, so coordinating a "mole
hunt" with so many neighbors might be a problem.
Why have you got moles?
There can be many reasons you have moles in your
garden. You land might be bordering onto woods or farmland. A
barrier might funnel moles to your property such as a road or river.
I tend to get the most mole activity just after
local farmers have started plowing surrounding fields, and at the
end of summer when they are harvesting. If I don't "treat" the
problem fast, or deter the moles, they tend to hang around all year
How much will it cost?
A set of
mole traps is a 1 off purchase. Any forms of treatments or
poison are a recurring fee. Ultrasonic devices eat
batteries, and often suffer from bad weather. If you pay for a mole
catching service, you shouldn't think of it as a one off cost, but a
long term service contract.
Costs can maybe be shared with other people living
in your area, but negotiating that with your neighbors might be
difficult if all of them don't have a recurring problem.
The size of your plot is also a major concern,
especially if you are thinking of using commercial
mole repellents and
How long will it take?
There is no cure that will last forever, and every
cure will take up a fair amount of your time. Obviously the most time
efficient is to pay someone to get rid of the moles, but expect that
to hit your pocket fairly hard. Expert removal does however come
with some level of guarantee.
The legal side of getting rid of moles
You have to be very careful what methods you employ,
depending on the location you live. Certain counties, and certain
States in the USA have various controls on what can be done, under
what conditions, and by whom.
In some counties moles are protected, so you cannot use any form of
harmful counter-measure such as traps and poison without cause. In
others, some or all forms of poison are restricted, and can only be
used by a professional.
Before you decide
how to kill moles, make sure you can!
There should be a published list of approved method
to get rid of moles for your area.
live in Canada be especially careful in the steps you take.
Many mole species in Canada
Your personal preference and safety
Traps in general have to be checked once or twice
per day, and setting traps requires first of all locating active
tunnels, excavating them and setting them (some care and strength
required). For some people, the thought of disposing of a dead mole
caught in a trap is unpleasant. Some may also disagree with killing
moles on an ecological basis.
Safety obviously is important, especially if you
have children or pets that will be active in the area.
The Mole Checklist in Action
This is based on my own house in Poland. It may not
be typical of the average reader, but will give you some idea of the
thought process involved.
We live in a 100 year old newly restored cottage on
a small plot of land (4000 square feet)
Other than a couple of farmhouses and barns (behind
and to one side), on all sides we have open countryside. Our
neighbors say there have always been moles (deep rooted problem),
but they are not worried about them.
Our garden is thus a quiet oasis in the middle of
fields that are ploughed 3 or 4 times yearly.
We normally have the most mole activity when the
fields are being ploughed and for a few weeks thereafter.
We have concrete foundations around our garden for
the fence, up to 2 feet deep, but we still get moles...
My wife's understanding is that moles are protected in Poland, thus
we cannot use trap or poison without a lots of
We also believe that traps wouldn't help us very much, because most
of the moles are coming in from the open countryside, and by the
time they have done the damage, they are almost ready to return to
nice soft ploughed fields.
We don't have children, but we do have an
inquisitive dog, who has to be allowed in the garden unsupervised.
She has been known to move bricks that were in her way while
We have tried both ultrasonic and special fireworks
in the past, but I hazard a guess that the moles had already moved
back to the fields.
The barrier currently isn't working, so they must
cross it on the surface.
Thus our preferred method is to use something that
will make our land less of an oasis for moles. Thus ideally we want
less food (we have too many bugs anyway, an additional problem).
What food there is if possible should taste unpleasant to a mole. I
haven't seen this discussed anywhere yet, but I do know that meat
taste differently if animals are fed on something different. I would
think if the soil has something unpleasant to eat in it for moles,
but doesn't harm worms, the worms might taste different too.
How many people return to a restaurant that made
them feel ill the next day?
The general surroundings should also be less
attractive for moles.
These targets hopefully we can do in an organic and
safe way, with items that can be easily and cheaply purchased. The
cost of some of the treatment products is just outrageous.
I hope my "Getting Rid of Ground Moles" site
will be useful
All the best