Moles are pesky little creatures that can wreak havoc on your well-manicured and expensive lawn. Moles inhabit all of the United States and there are as many as seven varieties of the small, burrowing animal. If you see randomly appearing mounds of dirt suddenly appear in your yard, you probably have a mole problem.
Are moles considered pests?
According to new studies moles can be useful animals in your garden. They move the soil around and eat harmful grubs. Their waste also adds fertilizer to your soil. They can, however, become a problem if there are a lot of them. Also when they dig where they disrupt the roots of your grass and plants. If moles are a problem in your yard, the most reliable way to rid yourself of the problem is by trapping them. This will unfortunately usually kill the moles. If that’s not an option for you, here are two other ways to get rid of moles.
1. Barrier Method
This method might not get rid of the mole completely. Although it will keep them out if certain areas of your garden. Once you locate the tunnel, you can burry small mesh, concrete or gravel. You need to do this at least two feet below the surface to block the little critter.
2. Soil Drainage
Moles love moist soils. Therefore you can try to improve soil drainage to make the environment less comfortable for them.
There are a few other harmless methods, like disposing of cat litter and blood meal on the affected areas. It is not sure if these defensive measures are very effective.
Of course, if you want to capture and kill the animal, you can use a trap or call a professional to handle the situation. But please, try these harmless ideas first!