Banish Moles While Still Being Green

Banish Moles While Still Being Green

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 4, 2010

Depending on where you live, moles can either be a slight headache every few years or a constant battle. Sure they sell traps and poisons to run them off, but we have a much more simple and humane way to kick them to the curb... or at least to the next block over and that's good enough for now!

Although it's been rumored that sticking onion slices or peeled garlic down a mole hole will run them off, all it really accomplishes is ensuring that they'll need to dig out a new tunnel. Instead, try this easy spray on mixture that is a snap to whip up and easy to administer.

• 1/4 cup of unrefined castor oil
• 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap
• 6 tablespoons tap water

The Process
Combine the castor oil (ask your local pharmacist) and dish soap in your blender. Mix for 20 seconds (or until combined) and then add water. Mix again. Combine 2 tablespoons of the mixture with 1 gallon of water in a watering can or pressurized sprayer. Coat the grass/garden areas where the moles have invaded. The mixture should cover 300 feet, so don't forget to refill.

Moles aren't keen on the mixture, so make sure to treat your entire yard and not just around the perimeter. The moles will simply dig under the line and continue snacking on your feast of a yard!

Why It Works
The idea behind this method is the tainting of the moles food supply. This isn't to say that all the bugs and grubs in your yard will be run off or killed in the process. Quite the opposite actually. The mixture coats the moles food (worms and bug snacks!) making them unappealing and they head elsewhere out of necessity. Although this makes them your neighbors problem, you can always share your remedy to keep them on the move!

Do you have another mole remedy? Let us know in the comments!

(Image: Flickr member pmarkham licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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