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If you have moles on your property, you’re probably not “digging” their presence very much! The Chehalis Indian word for mole means “hands turn backward,” an apt description of the mole’s unique claws, which allow them to dig their extensive tunnel networks under your property with the greatest of ease. In fact, they can dig at the rate of 18 feet per hour. Moles are fast little critters, with a top “scampering speed” of 80 feet per minute.
Moles are insectivores and like to feed on ground invertebrates, such as grubs, millipedes and ants. Their primary food source, however, is the earthworm. They eat almost constantly, and one mole can consume 45 to 50 pounds of worms each year!
Moles are such adept diggers because they need a well-established tunnel network to survive. The longer moles are around, the more of a nuisance they become, and the more damage they cause. If left uncontrolled, moles can dig up your entire garden in search of their favorite foods.
If you want to know how to repel moles, you need to know what to look for in your repellent. Perhaps the most useful of mole repellent tips is that the repellent you choose should target both the taste and smell senses of the animal, such as Havahart® Critter Ridder®. If you’re feeling creative, you can make your own repellent. One recipe calls for combining castor oil, dish soap, hot peppers, moth balls and garlic cloves and blending them together. Pungent? … You betcha! Effective? … Not very.
You could also try creating a vegetative barrier to keep moles out of a garden. Daffodils are a mole deterrent, and plants such as marigolds, alliums, fritillarias, mole plant and castor beans are also a natural deterrent to moles. However, both mole plant and castor beans are considered poisonous; children and pets should be carefully monitored when using this method.
A better option for knowing how to deter moles is using a professionally manufactured mole repellent. These repellents are the most effective way to “offend” the mole’s senses of taste and smell, without offending your own!