Moles

You may be one of the thousands of homeowners who have seen or stepped on those soft tunnels that are running throughout your yard. They often make it difficult to mow your lawn and may also cause some turf damage. Those tunnels are created by little creatures known as moles. This post will discuss how to get rid of moles from your lawn.

If you want to skip all the details of this article, here’s the bottom line: trapping is the best method. The best trap on the market is The Original Mole Eliminator®

Other methods that show how to get rid of moles are listed below.


Some Helpful Facts About Moles

Let’s start by learning about the enemy. This will help you determine the approach you’ll be most comfortable with when figuring out how to get rid of moles.

Powerful Bodies

Moles have greatly enlarged, paddle-like feet with prominent toenails. Their legs are powerful, their necks short, and their heads elongated. A mole’s fur is soft; it offers up no resistance as the mole travels either forward or backward in their tunnels. All of these traits allow the mole to move through the soil with the greatest of ease.

Preferred Environment

They prefer sandy loam soils, so if you have really nice soil, they might like hanging out in your neighborhood (they tend to avoid heavy clay soils – apparently too much work).

Prolific Handiwork

So there they are moving through your beautiful soil building massive underground tunnels — shallow ones in the spring, summer, and fall (those are the ones you’re stepping on) and deep, permanent tunnels to be used in the winter (often resulting in the big mounds of soil you see out in your yard).

Gargantuan Appetite

Moles require a lot of energy so they eat a lot – more than half their body weight every day. Therefore, they never really stop feeding. This means they are constantly on the move. They’re very fast in the soil and can move up to a foot per minute looking for their favorite foods – earthworms and white grubs – slimy, yet satisfying.

Big Families

Moles breed in late winter or spring. Mommas usually have babies (2-5 each time) that are born in March, April, or May. Baby moles are bald and helpless but will be out of the house before your teenage daughter. In fact, they’re out of school and holding a job by the time your child is four weeks old. What this tells you is that you’re in a long term battle, because the moles just keep on coming.

Bottom Line

If you’ve got healthy soil, with lots of earthworms (and some grubs), then you are a prime candidate to have these unwanted visitors on your property – using their powerful bodies to carve out tunnels all over your lawn.


How to Get Rid of Moles

Find the Active Run.

No matter how you decide to deal with your moles, the big first step is to identify the active feeding run. Simply poke holes in the runways (or step on a small area to flatten it out), then wait four hours or so. The holes that have been filled back in reveal that this is an active tunnel. Now you’re ready to deal with the mole.


Here are 4 common techniques used to get rid of moles: eliminate their food source, repel them, poison them, or trap them.

1. Reduce the moles’ food supply.

Moles like to eat earthworms, grubs, and insects. When they’re cruising through their tunnels, earthworms and grubs are falling in, becoming victims of these eating machines.

As part of a lawn care program, you’ll likely be applying grub and/or insect control some time from mid-June through mid-August (if you’re in a cool-season grass zone). So the theory is – if I get rid of the grubs and insects – I get rid of moles.

The answer to this is – maybe. The PRIMARY food source that the mole is after is an earthworm. Why do you think they make poison worms (see below)? If your yard doesn’t have a lot of earthworms, then eliminating the grubs and insects just may be an effective strategy.

The product shown here is Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone III. It comes in two sizes. The larger size (30 lb.) treats 25,000 square feet.

Even if you don’t have moles in your yard, this is a great product to apply once per year. It will protect your lawn roots from being attacked by grubs, thereby reducing turf damage.

Be sure to read and follow the label.


2. Repel the moles.

Products with castor oil as the active ingredient have often proven effective to repel moles. If you like sharing with your neighbor, this is a perfect way to gift them with a few moles. These products typically last one to three months in the soil, but if you get a lot of rain or are irrigating frequently, that could shorten the duration of effective control.

Whether you want a granular product or a liquid, there’s a product for you.


Granular Option

Fertilome MoleGo Granules is a great choice if you want to apply the product with a spreader.

Apply Fertilome Mole Go Granules any time you want to repel moles and other small burrowing animals. Many homeowners will spread this product in the spring, summer, and fall for continuous control. They’ve basically just incorporated it into their lawn care program.

If it’s not part of your lawn care program, you can apply MoleGo Granules immediately after the presence of moles is detected – or in early spring, mid-summer, and early fall.

Also, it’s not limited to just your lawn; you can also use it in other areas such as ornamental turf, golf courses, and athletic fields.

Fertilome MoleGo Granules not only repels moles but is also effective against gophers, armadillos, groundhogs & other burrowing animals.

Formulation: 10% Castor Oil; Coverage: Covers 5,000 Sq. Ft.

Be sure to read and follow the label.


Liquid Option

If you don’t have a spreader, then the Fertilome MoleGo RTS is a great choice.

Simply hook it up to your hose and you’re ready to go. Mole Go Repellent is a ready-to-spray (you attach it directly to your hose), comes in a 32-ounce bottle, and is 100% castor oil.

Application Rate: Ready-to-use hose-end applicator covers up to 10,000 square feet of lawn.

Apply immediately after the presence of moles is detected – or in early spring, mid-summer, and early fall.

Be sure to read and follow the label.


Organic Option

Mole Scram comes from a company named Epic. And it is an up and coming product.

First of all, it’s all-natural, so it’s safe to apply, safe for your pets, and safe for the family.

Essentially, when you water this product into the soil, it leaves a bad taste in their mouth. It coats earthworms and bugs, which of course they want to eat, and it makes the smell unbearable for them. Therefore, they pack their bags, load up the U-haul, and head to the neighbor’s yard.


Organic Option – Professional Size

Fortunately, for those with larger yards, or for those taking care of large commercial properties, there is a professional size available.

Mole Scram is also sold in a 22-pound bucket with coverage up to 15,000 square feet.


3. Poison them.

Poison Bait

There are products out there that will poison the moles.

Some of these are grain-based. These products are extremely popular in the market place and are incredibly easy to use. However, since moles aren’t primarily grain eaters, these types of products may not be your first choice.

Moletox Mole & Gopher Killer is distributed by a company called Bonide, which has proven to be a reputable and trustworthy company in the lawn and garden industry over the years. So, if they’re marketing this product, you can be sure they’ve got a long track record of success with it.

However, please remember to keep children and pets away from poison-based products. And as always, follow the manufacturer’s label directions carefully.

Remember, there are organic options listed above.


Poison Gel

Kaput Mole Gel Bait is a gel that you apply with a syringe into the mole tunnel.

Keep children and pets away from these products. And as always, follow the manufacturer’s label directions carefully.


Poison Worms

Talpirid is a mole bait that is placed into an active mole tunnel. The video below shows exactly how it’s done.

The baits have proven to be effective, as evidenced by the massive sales of these types of products, in particular the ones that are shaped like worms. If you end up using these, be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling them. You want to protect yourself while also avoiding putting your own scent on the bait.

Keep children and pets away from these products. And as always, follow the manufacturer’s label directions carefully.


4. Trap them.

This is the best option. And although trapping can be tough, it’s a bit like hunting. It’s also simply the best way to rid your lawn of moles. Plus you don’t have to use anything that’s poisonous. There are several traps on the market, but the best one is below.


Scissors Trap

The Original Mole Eliminator® is a scissor trap that consumers are raving about. That’s because it seems to work almost all the time. One homeowner reported trapping 17 moles in his first year using this product.

Here’s a link for a 2-pack.

Here’s a link for an economy version.

The great thing about this trap is that it’s easy to use, you can use it over and over again, you don’t have to handle any harsh chemicals, and it works.

Trapping is by far the most effective and efficient means of controlling moles. There are a bunch of traps out there to choose from. But save yourself some time and grab this one.

You simply step on it to open it along the runway. A plate on the top of it allows the scissors to snap shut when the mole cruises through the neighborhood pushing soil up against it.

If you don’t see results in a day or two, move the trap to a new spot. It’s likely you’re in an inactive run.