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How to Get Rid of Moles

Summary: Learning how to get rid of moles takes some knowledge about how the moles live, move about and what they eat. Here's some information that will help teach you how to get rid of moles in your lawn.

Moles can be difficult to treat and there are many pest control methods that have had reported success in getting rid of moles, but which method is most effective? Unfortunately, there is no single correct answer. Any method can work if you are lucky, and sometimes the mole will leave on its own in search of more fertile hunting grounds.

We use a product called Talpirid for our mole control program. It is a product that mimics the look and taste of earthworms, a mole's favorite food. You must follow the label directions exactly to be successful, with is often a big problem for Do-It-Yourselfers. We have also started using another product called Mole Scram. This product seeps into the grounds and makes mole food, such as worms and grubs, taste foul to the mole. It does not harm the worms or other insects, but it does seem to cause the mole to give up the territory.


One product that is not often mentioned in mole control is Fox Urine powder. The fox is a predator of moles, so if the mole smells the Fox Urine Powder in its tunnel it will supposedly skedaddle. Shake Away Fox Urine is the name brand for one of these kinds of products. Human hair sprinkled into a hole in a mole hill is supposed to have a similar effect. Notice I used the words “supposedly” and “supposed.” I am a pest control professional so I have some reservations asking people to put their fresh cut hair into mole holes. There is no hard research on the effects of fox urine or human hair on moles, so I've got to explain my misgivings. However, what-ever-floats-your-boat is good enough for me.

Now, let's get after those little rascals with some pesticide muscle. Lorsban 15 is a pesticide used to kill grubs, not moles. Some people firmly believe that if you kill grubworms the mole will have nothing to eat and leave the area. Problem is, moles eat earthworms as their primary food source, not grubs. Anything that kills grubs, but not earthworms, will not be sufficient to get rid of moles. Of course, you don't really want to kill earthworms because they are great soil aerators and are very beneficial. They break up and turn over the earth so that plants are able to grow in it. Killing all the earthworms and moles in the ground with powerful chemicals should, obviously, be avoided because then nothing will grow. Not to mention that pouring chemicals into the ground is illegal.


To sum it up:

DO find out which tunnels the moles are actively using.

DO try a variety of mole control products until you find one that works.

DO NOT pour chemicals into the ground that are not meant to be there.

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Fleeda Baker
28 Apr 2010, 09:28
Please suggest a solution to get rid of moles. They have tunnelled around the house and I cannot get rid of them.
Ask the Exterminator
28 Apr 2010, 09:35
The product in this article will work, but only if you follow the directions exactly. Plus, you need to know something about moles. Are you treating the right tunnels? Treating inactive tunnels will provide zero results. Plus, once you kill one mole, quite often a neighboring mole takes over the vacant tunnels. So, it's a process of treat and repeat until you have eliminated all the moles in the nearby area.
17 May 2010, 06:53
OK. I purchased the Fox urine and it does NOT work.... Ive used maybe 5 other methods..... the ONLY thing that is 100% effective is putting a running hose in the hole and waiting for him to come up for air.... then you can get the little destructive monster. It has worked EVERY time...... those products and gimmicks have NEVER worked.
11 Jul 2010, 16:09
We have tried a few different traps with no success, but have had great success with the Giant Destroyer smoke bombs. You do not have to find the "main" tunnel because all the tunnels connect and the smoke goes everywhere underground. We only have to redo it when we get a new mole, which happens every so often since we live next to a wooded area. Moles do a lot of damage to a landscape, otherwise we'd let them be.
Mike Brookins, Canton,Ga
13 Apr 2011, 12:36
Moles, Moles, everywhere, I used the homemade spray with the "hot" sause, used the lawn spray to kill the worms, etc, and used at least 12 of the Mole Posion pills" I can cut my grass and two days later I have 75 mini hills in my back yard. I think the like all this stuff. Doesn't appear to slow them down?

What now?
Ask the Exterminator
13 Apr 2011, 15:00
I really like the Mole Scram product mentioned in this article. We use it on our customer's lawns with good success. Be sure to follow the label instructions exactly.
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