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24/11/2011 at 15:28
Hi there

I do enjoy most of what gardeners world stands for but I am appalled at the response to mole hills above.
Please tell me why it is acceptable to gas or trap a mole purely for the reason that it is digging a few holes in the lawn? Why are lawns so precious!
I really cannot understand why gardeners world who should set an example of good practice would advocate such behaviour.

As gardeners we should work alongside mother nature not kill it!

Chloe
24/11/2011 at 15:28
You are obviously unaware of the devastation they cause! lawn collapsing under tunnels, , plants grown from seed ,overwintered , hardenened off, planted out and then dug up! no earthworms,huge patches of dead grass under mounds, and not a few mounds!!! try great trails of them all over the lawn!!! And theyre territorial so one mole in one lawn, with a huge territory. Oh and forgot dug up soil between path so now pavers uneven and hazardous ! Other than that, theyre cute!
24/11/2011 at 15:28
I agree with grumble2007.They create devestation especially on my allotment with tunnels under newly planted out seedlings. The cost and disappointment of seeing young seedlings which one has nurtured over the winter months suddenly wilt and die is sad and the cuddly little mole being the culprit is unfortunate. They are an absolute pest and have to be eradicated.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
I also agree with Grumble2007. Having paid a small fortune to have my lawn relaid (it was ruined by chafer grubs last year), it's heartbreaking to have it destroyed by moles. Again. And paying £70 a time for a mole-killer to trap them isn't a happy option, either. P.S. I've actually picked two up when they emerged from under my compost heap. Dear little things, but oh the devastation!
24/11/2011 at 15:29
To Jackw..Reply

You need to put the soil back in the hole(tunnel) that the mole has dug out and place grass seed on the top.

A little more difficult when you have shallow tunnels all over the lawn.

A good website to look at is


www.associationofprofessionalmolecatchers.org


You can learn a lot from their links.
24/11/2011 at 15:30
I have some sympathy with both viewpoints - could anyone advise what best to do with the largish holes left in the lawn after the moles have gone ?
10/02/2012 at 14:32
Hello, Moles really dilike vibration, and since making a windmill, (the same as a childs windmill on a stick)out of tin and mounting it on a stick the moles have moved elsewhere! A solution that looks okay and is safe!. JanieT
Ron
11/02/2012 at 09:19

Surely it's a question of scale, if your garden is covered in mole tunnels then you have a good reason to get rid. If like me there's just one then it's really not the end of the world, just add it to the long list of other pests.

29/02/2012 at 21:46

Grandmother suggested moth balls in the tunnels, and for me it worked wonders. Apparently moles don't like the smell and they move away. I certainly saw them move into empty field next door

11/03/2012 at 09:54
Getting rid of moles- read this:
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11/03/2012 at 20:52

This is silly - and don't tell me I've never had moles cos I have. We are facing mass extinctions because of the ever-increasing need to feed our children. That I can understand. Killing animals so that we can grow a monoculture like grass is awful. Dig up the grass, put in some flowers, shrubs and veg. When the moles dig holes they will be less noticeable and you can use the lovely fine soil for sowing seeds in. Who needs lawns anyway?

08/06/2012 at 17:22
Only one sure way of ridding your garden from the Taliban of pests.Chilli powder.I produce my own - habaneros mostly - and a kilo of powder keeps my one acre of vegetable and flower plots totally free of moles.My garden was infested with at least four of them.I had tried every which way to repel or kill them.None worked.They arrived from surrounding fields but - no longer.A quarter of a teaspoon in evey run, fresh molehill or opening and within 24 hours they were history.Whenever a new one turned up - same treatment and instantly they are gone (or sneezed/cried to death?)Extra hot chilli available on line or Tesco's for arounf £6.00 per kilo.It is cheap, humane, organic and it works
08/06/2012 at 17:26

Only one sure way of ridding your garden from the Taliban of pests.Chilli powder.I produce my own - habaneros mostly - and a kilo of powder keeps my one acre of vegetable and flower plots totally free of moles.My garden was infested with at least four of them.I had tried every which way to repel or kill them.None worked.They arrived from surrounding fields but - no longer.A quarter of a teaspoon in evey run, fresh molehill or opening and within 24 hours they were history.Whenever a new one turned up - same treatment and instantly they are gone (or sneezed/cried to death?)Extra hot chilli available on line or Tesco's for arounf £6.00 per kilo.It is cheap, humane, organic and it works

08/06/2012 at 21:07

i once had a mole running round my garden i couldnt get past it to escape i dont know who was more scared. I had no idea they were so big. Anything smaller than the average cat and im off!!!

09/06/2012 at 10:20

Moles can cause havoc which is dangerous to humans and livestock as they walk, unsuspectingly, on undermined turf. Ankles can be sprained and for horses and cattle that's expensive to get fixed. For me personally they cause pain in my spine when I lose my balance in some new tunnel or hole.  

I fail to see what useful purpose moles serve as the earthworms they prefer are actually doing good work in the soil.  When mole moves on his tunnels are inhabited by voles and other rodents including rats and the shallower tunnels are occupied by ants.  And now we have a dog we get craters as she tries to dig them out when she hears them tunnelling.

Moles are all round bad news.

We have tried noises such as windmills and bottles to no avail.  Humane traps don't work very well and the perishers complain all the way to their new home in local woods.  

There is a wonderful device on sale here in Belgium which involves an explosive cap and a solenoid.  Moley makes the connection and bang, mole compost.   Very staisfying but I haven't used it since we got the dog. 

I shall try chilli powder.

24/07/2012 at 11:03
Hello

We moved into our cottage seven months ago and we had a very bad mole problem in our garden. I bought a mole buzzer from Buyoligy around 4 months ago and so far (touch wood) they have not retuned.
18/02/2013 at 17:03
Out of date information given about gassing.

Gassing can't be carried out within 10 meters of any building; that effectively means most gardens.

Gassing is also not very effective and quite expensive compared to getting a molecatcher in.

To find a local molecatcher, visit this site:

http://www.mole-catcher.co.uk/

Sonic repellers do not work; even the government admitted that there is no evidence of them working when they looked into the mole problem in 2006.

Putting foreign substances (creosote, moth balls etc) down the runs will not work either, and apart from the fact that it's illegal, will kill off many beneficial organisms.

Trapping is the only sure fire way of getting rid of moles, and a decent molecatcher will have a 'no mole, no fee' policy, so it's quite cost effective.

Regards,

Matt
18/02/2013 at 20:13

can anyone tell me pls  if you can yous the mole dirt in ur seed trays thank you all the best   bugsy

18/02/2013 at 21:05
It's just soil so I would still use seed compost myself ,depends what you usually use .
19/02/2013 at 00:17

In answer to Cholet comment on moles you obviously dont have a problem with moles otherwise you would understand why people will try anything to get rid of them. Imagine a  lovely clump of Tulips just coming into flower the next day all wilted and when you touch the leaves they all come out the ground minus bulbs, the next day another clump and then in the afternoon the same thing happens to a nice clump of daffodils. Lovely new plants mainly perennials planted a few days later wilting why the moles have run under half of them eating all the roots as they go and without roots no plants so on the compost heap they go and I never even saw them flower. My lawn can sink after heavy rain anywhere up to 6 inches where their runs are and one year after a bad winter we took a truck up the garden to remove some rubble and the ground just caved in with the weight ontop of the mole runs. It took my husband and 2 friends nearly 2 days to jack it up and fill the ground in so we cld move the truck. Yes you can put soil in the hole and some seed then an hour later they ve come up again so you do the same again then half an hour they ve pushed it all out again and this can go on for hours until I or the mole gives up. Ive even stuck a stone down the hole to try and move them on but the next day the stone is up in the middle of a mole hill. Until you have moles you will never under understand the destruction they can cause and its not just lawns they destroy when they want a rest from grass they then start on all yr plants.

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