How to Get Rid of Moles in Your Lawn

Overview

Moles can be a big nuisance in a homeowner's lawn. Damage to the lawn can manifest itself in many ways. Mole tunnels that run close to the surface can separate grass roots from the soil causing it to die out. Tunnels can also become more visible in the winter months when the frost heaves the soil where the tunnels are. Moles love grubs and beetle larvae but will eat earthworms too. It is fairly easy to get rid of moles in your lawn with a few instructions.

Step 1

Construct a mole pit trap. Locate an active mole tunnel, and dig out the soil wide enough to slide a large jar or coffee can into the hole. The top of the jar or can should be level with the bottom of the mole tunnel. Cover the hole with a board. As the mole runs through the tunnel, it will fall into the container. Remove the mole, and set it free elsewhere.

Step 2

Flood the tunnel with a garden hose. Locate an active mole run, and fill the tunnel with water from a garden hose. Flood the hole periodically until the moles leave.

Step 3

Get rid of the moles' food source. Since moles eat grubs almost exclusively, apply an insecticide to your lawn that is meant to kill grubs. Bayer makes a decent grub killer that is supposed to kill grubs within 24 hours.

Step 4

Use a "mole bait." A common brand is Talpirid and has an active ingredient of bromethalin. The mole bait looks and feels like a mole's natural food. Put some in the mole run, and the mole will consume it. It kills the moles within 24 hours.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear appropriate safety clothing if using "live" mole traps. Wear gloves and long-sleeved protective clothing to prevent getting injured from the mole.

Things You'll Need

  • Small shovel
  • Small board
  • Jar or coffee can
  • Garden hose
  • Water source
  • Insecticide
  • Mole bait

References

  • The Mole Man: Moles and Mole Biology
  • Howtogetridofstuff.com: How to Get Rid of Garden Moles
  • How to Get Rid of Things: How to Get Rid of Moles

Who Can Help

  • Bayer Advanced 24 Hour Grub Killer
  • Do-it-yourself Pest Control: Mole Extermination
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About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.