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Moles

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Question: 519-1511
We have two acre lawn that is hampered by moles. The hills are everywhere. Any good remedies? Roger, Nicomis, IL

Mort's Answer:
Those hills can be filled with the sound of blaring rap music. Moles are extremely bothered by high pitch sounds. There are mechanical devices for such intervention. Besides sound moles are sensitive to smell as well. A listener to my radio show in Connecticut has used pure peppermint oil on cotton swabs in the holes. We have been recommending using scented gum for years. The wrapped gum must not be touched by skin. It is best to use plastic gloves to insert the gum. Moles may come back, if you do not get rid of the grubs that are their source of food. Use a grubicide, when the soil is about 65 degrees in the spring and fall. Get rid of the grubs and the moles will move to greener pastures.If you do not you will be making mounds out of mole hills.

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Question: 44-1216
When can I plant my lily bulbs? How can I get rid of moles? Mary, Beckley, WV

Mort's Answer:
Moles are very sensitive to scents. Cinnamon placed in the openings will drive them to greener pastures. You should also apply a grubicide to your lawn. This will eliminate their food source and give you a greener pasture for yourself. Lily bulbs can be planted as soon as you are able to work the soil. Most of zone 6 has already thawed but where you are in zone 5 may be a little later.

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Question: 165-5201
How can I get rid of my moles? Donald, North Stonington, CT

Mort's Answer:
Moles eat the grubs under the grass that are eating the roots. The root of your problem is the grubs. In early May , you should apply Dursban or Diazonin on the lawn for the grubs. I would reapply in early September again. Follow directions on the label. In addition to using the grubicide or in it's stead, if you want to do this organically, I have another suggestion. I'm not sure, if this is organic, it's definitely not a natural approach. You can put sticks of sweet scented gum with the wrapper on the gum into the holes. Be sure to use gloves to eliminate the human scent. Moles are blind but they have a powerful sense of smell. This will gum up the digestive tracks of the bandittos and there relatives will leave for greener pastures. I'm afraid the only truly natural approach is to leave the lawn to the grubs and the moles to the grubs until some predator of the mole comes around. Most gardeners feel that predator is and can be homo sapiens.

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Question: 389-3410
My Yucca filamentosa is being eaten at the roots by moles. My lawn does not look that great either. Any suggestions? Kewanee, IL

Mort's Answer:
Adam's needle or Spanish Bayonet with a beautiful large white flower deserves to survive this attack. The root of the problem is grubs in your lawn. You have to rid this environment of the grubs, so that the moles will move on to browner pastures.You can use a grubicide like Merit. BT is an organi bacterium that will take a couple of years to establish. These compounds should be applied in the spring, when the soil temps are 65 and again in the fall, if necessary. In the meantime, you can place sticks of sweet scented gum in the trenches. Wear gloves to prevent detection of human scent. This will gum up their intestines and lead to their demise.

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Question: 491-911
We have large tracts of mounds of soil in the lawn. They are now visible as the snow melts. I have been successful in the past getting rid of moles. Could it be another animal? Paul, Franklin, CT

Mort's Answer:
Moles can return, especially if you have not got rid of the grubs that the moles feed on. Chipmunks and the larger woodchucks may have inhabited the tunnels. Another possibility is the tunnels filled with water and expanded as ice. I suspect the moles are back.

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Question: 1329-4615
I have a lot of moles. What can I use to get rid of them? Barbara, Gardner, MA

Mort's Answer:
You could apply chewing gum with the wraps on them into the holes. Be sure to use gloves to avoid human scent. This will literally gum up their intestines and they will move the colony to greener pastures. Another good remedy comes from a farmer in the midwest. They use cinnamon in the holes. This raises havoc with their noses. There are some other commercial chemicals that do not work as well.

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Question: 1412-817
How do I get rid of moles in the lawn? Gary, Lewisburg,WV

Mort's Answer:
Grubs are eating the roots of the grasses. A good grubicide can be applied in the spring. For immediate results when the ground thaws, you can attack the moles that eat the grubs. You could apply chewing gum with the wraps on them into the holes. Be sure to use gloves to avoid human scent. This will literally gum up their intestines and they will move the colony to greener pastures. Another good remedy comes from a farmer in the mid west. He uses cinnamon in the holes. This raises havoc with their noses. A blast of rock and roll music will have them covering their ears.

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Question: 1424-1817
What can I use to get rid of moles in the lawn? Gary, Lewisburg, WV

Mort's Answer:
You need to get rid of the grubs that are part of the diet of the moles first. Grubicides can be applied when the soil is 65 degrees in fall and spring. Merit can be applied at anytime but the bugs are near the surface at this time. Sticks of fragrant gum can be put in their holes anytime. You will need to wear gloves to hide your scent. Cinnnamon powder is also a great deterrent. Cinnamon gum may drive them mad.

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