How to get rid of moles?

@jillbeth (2711)
United States
May 19, 2008 9:05am CST
This weekend I noticed a mole hill in our yard, leading straight to our tulip bed. This is the first time in 20 years of living here we have had moles in the yard! Other people in town say they have noticed the same thing; maybe because the ground has stayed so soft and wet this year. How do I discourage moles from tearing up the yard and flowerbeds? I'd really like to do something environmentally friendly to get rid of them if I can, but I'll resort to poisons if they won't cooperate. Advice, please?
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• United States
20 May 08
I've heard using moth balls in the mole holes can work but I've read that the best method is capturing them and removing them. Poisons are bad for the environment and for your pets and family members. Good luck!
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
21 May 08
I've thought about getting traps, but where would be the best place to let them go? Will they live in the woods? I'd hate to turn them lose to cause problems for someone else?
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
19 May 08
After trying everything environmental...I had to "capitulate" to using mothballs down their holes! They scram! But now, when I plant bulbs...I dig the hole, line the bottom and sides with light chicken wire....they can't chew thru the wire, so bulbs remain intact! And it really simplifies taking the bulbs up...just pull on one side of the wire..and Voila...theres you bulbs. The Bulbs root just dandy thru the mesh! Rainbows! Happy growing!
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
19 May 08
I didn't think of using mothballs! I happen to have some already. The chicken wire is a good idea, too. Thanks!
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
30 May 08
I bought some of those metal windmill type poles that are for moles. They seem to work pretty good! They are a tall aluminum pole with a windmill type blade on top, and when the wind moves the blades around there is little ball bearings in the tube that makes a vibration that travels down into the ground. Evidently they don't like the vibration noise and leave the area. I had a really, really bad problem with moles in my back yard for quite a few years. Then somebody told me about these windmill thingy's for moles, and I put one towards each end of the yard. I must say for something so simple, it works really well. There are no mole holes, or any evidence of moles, as long as I have these up. They don't make any noise that us humans can hear, but it sure drives them crazy hahaha. I never had luck with the mothballs, nor the chewing gum down the hole. Some people swear by those methods, but it didn't seem to do any good here. The windmill mole things were about $8.00 apiece and seem well worth it to me.