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Getting Rid of Moles in Your Yard


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From what I have read, moles are difficult to get rid of. There are lots of things that people try with mixed results, such as putting garlic down the holes. The best solution I found was using castor oil.

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The theory is that worms, which are part of a moles diet, are coated in castor oil which makes them less tasty and the moles will move on to another area. There are castor oil repellants commercially available, but I was able to find a recipe on WA state fish and wildlife page.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unrefined castor oil
  • 2 Tbsp dish soap

Directions:

  1. Combine and blend in a blender.
  2. After the first mix, add 6 Tbsp water and blend again.
  3. Take this concentrated mixture and add 2 Tbsp to 1 gallon of water, place in a sprayer and spray liberally in areas where the moles are active and areas that you want to be protected.

This works best in areas where the ground will be watered from time to time. The treatment should last 30-60 days and may need to be reapplied before the moles relocate.

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Source: http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/moles.html

By Stella from Manchester, WA

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