How To Protect Your Backyard from Mole Damage

Moles have the ability to cause a lot of damage, so do we protect our garden and backyard from an invasion?





While most wildlife that you may find in your backyard or property is attracted to your space because of your plants and the food they can provide, moles are a little different. Don't be fooled, they can cause damage to your garden and your yard, but it is not because they are eating your vegetable garden or plants. They are much more interested in consuming insects and bugs. The damage will come from the deep, burrowing holes that they create under your flower bed or vegetable garden.

Moles are attracted to bugs and insects. If your garden has a high population of pests, you will very likely find moles or mole burrows in your space. Even though moles can cause serious damage to the structure of your garden, finding them may be helpful because it could be a reflection of an imbalance of pests and pest control. This information may be helpful to some, but others may be more focused on the damage that the moles have caused.



So, if moles have the ability to cause all of this damage, how do we protect our garden and backyard from an invasion?

Well, if you already have a mole problem, you may need to think about professional removal. Some homeowners may attempt to remove the animals themselves, but companies like First Choice Wildlife Service can take care of the issue for you if they are in need of help.

If you do not currently have moles in your space or you have already removed the animals, you can move on to protection and prevention.



Here are some things you can do:

Own a cat! Letting your pet feline roam around outside is a sure-fire way to keep rodents and other similar pests out of your space. Owls are also an excellent deterrent. Place a nesting box somewhere in your yard to attract them. Their presence will also scare away moles.

Noisemakers and ultrasonic devices. This technology is made to help you keep pests and other wildlife out of your space. These often go off automatically, randomly, or have motion detection. These will scare away moles and other members of wildlife. They do not cause any harm and are just an effective deterrent. The technology will either buzz or pulse and will annoy the mole. They may even think it is another animal coming in to claim their territory.

Moles and many other animals do not like the taste or smell of castor oil. Many homeowners will make a spray out of 1 part dish detergent to 3 parts castor oil. This can then be used to soak all of the entrances and exits to the holes that the moles have dug throughout your yard.

Moles also hate the smell of tar. You can stick an ear of corn that has been soaked in roofing tar and plug one of the hole entrances with it. They will hate the smell and vacate the space.



Moles are sensitive to vibrations. Pinwheels placed across your lawn will be blown by the wind and result in a vibration down below the grass. The moles will not appreciate the disturbance.

Build a trench. If you dig a deep barrier around the edge of your garden and fill it with rocks or mesh, they will not be able to easily connect their tunnels to your garden.

Take away their food source. Moles love bugs and insects. If you are preventing those pests as well, the moles will not have any source of nutrition in your space. This is often the main reason for coming to a backyard, so if bugs are not present, moles are not likely to be either.





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