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Ground Moles?

I live in Illinois and this Summer we hardly had any rain and it's been extemely hot. I have lived in my house for 14 years and this is the very first time that I have ground hogs or ground moles making tunnels in my front yard.

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They have eaten up my entire Hosta plant. What is the best way to get rid of this pest so it doesn't come back next year?

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By Carol (Guest Post)
August 30, 20050 found this helpful
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The main reason for moles is that they are after the grubs(an insect) in your yards. So the easiest way to get rid of them is to go to the garden center and get something to kill grubs and the moles will leave too. It's no too hard really, you could pay a professional to rid your yard of grubs but it is not hard to do your self.

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

ducks love grub worms if possible get ducks

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By J.Kevin L. (Guest Post)
June 23, 20080 found this helpful
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Theres no reason to kill the little fellow, just do what I did and find his hole stick a water hose in it and then fill it up. Surprisingly you will see him come out of the ground from another hole that you weren't aware of and then you can put him in a bucket and take him to the park and release him safely.

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If your lucky when ever you go for a walk at the park you may see him building a new home and then feel good that he is still alive and happy. Thanks for reading, from Kevin L. in Arlington, Texas.

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July 20, 20160 found this helpful

I love your answer. I also care about humane treatment of all creatures, whether they are considered "pests" or "pets". All sentient beings deserve compassion. Anyway, your reply was a breath of fresh air, and made me smile.

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August 28, 20160 found this helpful

The problem with using water to flood the tunnel doesn't work as there are many levels underground(the lower to drain the water as the mole sits up higher on another level....and, of course, if water(good, clean, drinkable water) use is restricted, you may not like wasting a valuable resource, right?

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May 29, 20180 found this helpful

I kill them with a trap, it's awsome from tom cat and it works everytime. I have killed one per day this month so far. There is no reason moles should even be on earth, they eat worms which are good for the soil and they eat grubs and poisons can kill those.

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So miles are not really needed. Just like people who catch things and take them to the park to ruin the parks grass. Dumbazz.

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By snigdibbly (Guest Post)
August 26, 20050 found this helpful

Treat your all your lawns to get rid of grubs - the major food source of moles. Once your get rid of their food source they will leave voluntarily.

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August 26, 20050 found this helpful

I would love to know the answer to this too! We had mole problems and it wasn't hot and dry (we live in WA state). Our outdoor cat used to hunt them and we never had problems before, but now she's getting too old and doesn't do that any more.

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We DID try sprinkling some stuff down on the lawn, and I haven't noticed any new holes.

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By "Wink" Clay (Guest Post)
August 26, 20050 found this helpful

I just heard on the radio to-day to put some chocolate laxative down the hole. Try it, it's cheap.

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August 28, 20160 found this helpful

LOL....my mother went to Walgreen's once and bought 6 or so boxes of chocolate E-Lax ....she was almost done with the sixth box(and ready to buy some more) when a mole suddenly popped up with dark brown stained teeth and smiled at her. I think she claimed that little sucker cost her alot...and she was pissed because it looked like he had gained a few pounds...

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By Sheila (Guest Post)
August 26, 20050 found this helpful

I've had a problem with ground moles and I got rid of them by putting something sharp down where they run, Make sure you go deep enough and take a shovel and dig up a part where they run and put it in there. I used a piece of rose bush. The reason for this is moles will pick themselfs with the rose thorns and the will bleed to death because there blood does not clot like ours does.

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Works for me everytime. Try and get as early in summer as possible before they have babies. Sheila""

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By sandra (Guest Post)
June 8, 20080 found this helpful

Ground moles are harmless, they actually will benefit your lawn if you let them eat all the bad grubs out of it. Their food source is the grubs that kill your lawn. The mole is the most organic way to rid your lawn and garden of those horrible grubs.

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By mitch (Guest Post)
February 27, 20090 found this helpful

If it ate your hosta plant sounds to me like you may have a gopher not a mole.

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August 28, 20160 found this helpful

Kinda hard not to know the difference in claws, vision, and coloration...you know like when you differenciate mammals like man or whales or pets.

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June 1, 20090 found this helpful

I read many solutions on Thriftyfun to get rid of moles in the yard. I tried the cat litter-poured some stinky litter in the hole, and a big glob of (you know what) and covered it with more litter then dirt.

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Its been over a week now and no mole! yea Thanks to all for suggestions. Bevvie

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July 16, 20090 found this helpful

Just planted a garden this year. Something is causing my corn to fall over. It hasn't been chewed or broken, it's just falling over. I've lost 5 roles of kandy corn. Would moles do this or could it be a gopher. Have found no tracks. It's a true mystery to me. My garden looks like the crop circle photos on Sci-Fi.

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

For the large moles ( leaves the big mounds ) I found the tunnel right after one had dug in our front yard. I took chili pepper out and sprinkled a bunch in the hole. He hasn't been to the front yard. In the back we have small little tunnels above the ground. What can I do for them?

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May 15, 20120 found this helpful

First of all, moles do not eat only grubs - grubs are only one source of their food. So getting rid of grubs will not necessarily get rid of the moles - that would be way too easy. Nor will using whirly-gigs/pinwheels, nor the solar mole chasers that make noise and vibrate, nor will chewing gum, nor will human hair, or dirty cat litter, nor the mole granules/ pellets, not will urine (yes, I tried this too), and the castor oil only slows them down.

My cats have killed 12 so far this spring, but they can't keep up either. The professional was at least honest. He said that with so many in the neighborhood, he couldn't keep them away even if he got all of ours.

For the record, moles are a horrendous nuisance. My lawn have tunnels so bad that we have sprained our ankles trying to walk through it to try to attempt to cut grass and we have fallen, leaving us with large medical bills. They like earthworms and have invaded my garden for the last 5 years.

What most people don't know is that moles will also eat plant roots when it is dry and where I live, it is dry in the summer. So my entire vegetable garden and all our years of landscaping is gone - dead. Their tunnels go through the roots so when you water your garden, the water runs into the tunnels and the plants do not get it, so they die.

Traps don't catch too many and moles reproduce quickly. We've found them nesting deep under my compost bins - they like the warmth during the winter. It is also illegal in many areas to trap and relocate pests like racoons, possums, and moles. Just because something worked for 1 or 2, does not mean it will work for someone with a big problem.

So please (and I mean no disrespect to anyone) do not make an arrogant statement like, "they're actually good for lawns" or "just get rid of your the," because this is like telling telling someone who has had their home destroyed by a tornado to just tidy up their yard and they'll feel better.

No one will even look at homes in my neighborhood because the moles have destroyed the yards so badly. Insurance will not cover their destruction - landscaping, tearing up lawns, etc, and quite frankly, it hurts to see what you've worked for, lost.

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May 29, 20120 found this helpful

We had mole tunnels all over the yard, and it didn't help my two dogs, when outside, would dig at the tunnels. We filled in the holes with dirt and purchased a bag of granules that was touted as killing grubs, ticks, fleas, etc. Right before a rain was coming we mowed the yard, put the pets in for the night, and spread these granules over the yard. The rain "soaked it in." This was over a month ago and no more moles! No more holes in my yard.

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May 3, 20160 found this helpful

I use Juicy Fruit gum. I chew it just a little where it is soft and the fruity smell is good. Then I poke a hole in the run and drop the gum in and close the hole. Moles and gophers are attracted by the smell. They eat the gum than can't digest it and it kills them. The only problem I had was that my dogs also liked the gum and would dig it up to eat.

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