These top 10 mole prevention tips were designed to give you some of the best techniques for removing unwanted moles from your lawn and keeping them from coming back.
Without any intervention, a mole or two can cause a lot of damage to your lawn or garden. As they burrow under the surface in search of food they leave behind a network of damaging tunnels.
When the tunnels form under your lawn, the grass roots are damaged and within a few days your luscious green lawn will be full of yellow streaks of dead grass.
Even worse, the moles could tunnel under sidewalks or above ground pools causing sink holes in the bottom of your pool liner.
Once a mole tunnels under an above ground pool it's only a matter of time before the pool liner is damaged.
To keep mole damage to a minimum it's important to remove them from your lawn as soon as possible. Since they can create up to 18 feet of surface tunnels in one hour the sooner you can remove them the better.
Here's our top ten list of mole prevention ideas to remove moles from your lawn or garden and keep them from coming back!
#1 Start Early
Begin looking for mole damage in the early spring when the grass is short and new mole tunnels are easy to spot. Since moles breed in the early spring and can have between 2 - 6 babies at a time, eliminating them early is important.
#2 Avoid Pesticides
Don't spend money on pesticides or grub control products to spread on your lawn. Moles primarily feed on earthworms so the absence of grubs will have little effect on the mole population in your lawn.
#3 Choose A Good Trap
If you choose to trap the moles select a trap that's proven to work. Scissor traps are very popular, easy to use and are preferred by many mole trapping professionals.
The Victor Out O'Sight scissor trap and the Tomcat mole trap are two great choices.
#4 Only Trap Straight Active Tunnels
Moles repeatedly use straight tunnels that run along sidewalks and other natural edging. By placing your trap or poison in the longest or straightest part of the tunnel insures the mole will encounter it.
#5 Choose A Good Poison
Although controversy always exists with poisons, some of the newer poisons on todays market work pretty well.
Choose a poison like the Tomcat Mole Killer Worm which uses Bromethalin as the active ingredient.
Even though I'm a big advocate for using traps, many people have had great results using the less labor intensive poisonous worms.
#6 Avoid Short Zig Zag Tunnels
The short zig zag tunnels you see branching off from the long straight tunnels should be avoided. These tunnels are caused when the mole searches for food and are generally used one time only.
#7 Don't Trap Mole Mounds
A common mistake many people make is setting a trap in a mole mound.
These mounds often look like small dirt volcanoes and are a poor location to set a trap.
Setting a trap on one of these mounds will often result in a sprung trap without actually trapping the mole.
#8 Move Your Traps
Since moles are somewhat solitary animals there's typically only one mole using the active tunnel. If you trap a mole, move your trap to a new tunnel rather than setting it back in the same spot. If you don't trap a mole within 48 hours, move the trap to a new location.
#9 Home Remedies Don't Work
Human hair, moth balls, chemicals, exhaust fumes and other home remedies are not a reliable way to kill or repel a mole.
#10 Check Often For Fresh Tunnels
Since moles typically live in wooded or grassy areas near your lawn, a new mole can move in at any time. Check often for fresh mole activity and reset your traps as needed.