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7/17/09 3:17 A

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You never know - but I haven't seen the cat for a few days now. Maybe the MIL scared it off. emoticon

dropped them off at the airport yesterday afternoon, now I can catch up with my gardening and yardwork.

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SHARJOPAUL's Photo SHARJOPAUL Posts: 31,087
7/14/09 8:27 P

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or maybe the cat likes e smell of the caster oil.

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7/13/09 11:41 P

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Well, the in-laws are here and I have only been able to give the garden a quick glance everyday - haven't seen any activity in the past three days. I had also seen one of the neighborhood cats hanging out around the holes. So either the castor oil worked or the cat got the mole.

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions.

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7/9/09 9:33 P

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I was taught the same thing about moles & loosening soil & eating grubs. My mom would use some sort of small, sharp-edged stones when she planted any new plants/bulbs/seeds. The moles don't like the sharp stones.

The only other way I've heard to be effective in their eradication is poison..of course, i could send you our cat Alexander. He crawls along the ground listening for their digging noises - when he hears them, he digs straight down & snatches them right out of the dirt. We have a steady supply of dead moles by our back door. LOL

Seriously, let us know what works for you.

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7/9/09 6:52 P

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Thanks everyone, some very good suggestions. I have been talking with a pest control person here who has been trying to convince me that having moles in my yard is a good thing, "Moles are a very beneficial creature to have in your yard" Okay, they eat grubs they also eat earthworms, which I have in abundance. We have been adding compost to the soil over the last 4 years and our lawn has become very green as a result and I water reguaraly, another thing that apparently attracts moles - it loosens the soil and brings the worms to the surface. This individual also pointed out that I have birds in abundance, about the only one in the neighborhood that does although I have no feeders out, now I do have a bird bath that I clean and fill daily. So I really only want to deter them so I will try some of the suggestions posted. Thanks everyone.

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7/9/09 10:43 A

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Hello all!
I have been told that to rid your yard of moles you must first rid the yard of grubs, that is why the moles are there they love grubs!
But I myself use moth balls! I place them down their mounds and they move to a different yard or field in my case! Not for sure if it is the smell of the moth balls or if it just because I continue to mess of their mounds which ever it is, it does seem to work for me, or maybe they just don't care for my yard anymore!
Good luck!

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7/9/09 12:04 A

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traps..... my kitties won't even touch them.

IT all begins with YOU..... Plant the seeds and get growing healthy!

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7/8/09 9:42 P

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I use empty wine bottles, dug into the ground so that only the neck sticks out. When the wind goes over them it makes noise and the moles do not like it.

It has worked so far in my vegetable garden. An old trick from Germany. Hope this helps.

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7/8/09 8:17 P

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Unfortunately it is illegal to kill them in the state of Washington and to trap them you need to hire a "professional" who will relocate them.

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The only way we have ever been able to elminate a mole is with a plunger trap that kills them.
This only costs around $15.

We get a mole about every 5 years and have tried many different things to get rid of them but never had any luck. Like you said, they just move to another area of the yard.


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REDBUBBLES's Photo REDBUBBLES Posts: 5,613
7/8/09 7:30 P

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Okay, last year I kept them at bay using castor oil pellets - this year it doesn't seem to be deterring them in the least bit. I even tried Ciscoe's Mole Blaster, using two handfuls of mint, blending it into a slurry in a blender adding that a large pot of water and simmering for 30 minutes. Then pouring it into the holes. Well they are using those tunnels anymore - but I have more tunnels. So I would love suggestions on what to do now. I have used up all my mint.

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