Making War With Moles


Monday, March 10, 2003
By: Paul Schnare


Biology of moles

  • Moles are mammals

      • Eyes and ear depressions buried under fur
      • Nose is naked
      • Webbed feet
      • Average length is 7 inches
  • Usually loners
  • Average population is 3 to 5 per acre
  • Carnivores
  • Eat up to 70-100% weight each day
  • Very few natural enemies
  • Homes are pockets or irregular rooms in the soil about 5-7” deep
  • Near surface is hunting runs or burrows. These may or may not be used again.
  • Seen in lawns and shrub beds
  • Surface runs are connected to homes or pockets by “highways”
  • Deeper runs are not seen from the surface
  • Depth of their runs will depend upon depth of worms and grubs
  • Occasionally will find mounds of the soil on the surface
  • The mounds are areas where soil has been put when digging out highways
  • Moles do not hibernate
  • Majority of activity is spring, summer and fall

Ridding your lawn of moles

  • Methods I have no evidence that actually work
      • Windmills
      • Juicy Fruit Gum
      • Electronic devices that emit ultra sound waves
  • Methods that I know people have some success with
        1. Poison peanuts and poison pellets
        2. Place in run every 3-4 feet
        3. Keep scent off of pellet
        4. Giant destroyers
        5. Gas into run
        6. Repellents that are Castor oil or bean based
        7. Molego
        8. Castor beans
        9. Traps
        10. Drowning
        11. Exhaust fumes from car or lawn mower engines
        12. Lawn chair, hoe, and a cold one!


The key to success is consistency in the method you use, and using several methods at the same time.

Good luck!