Pest controllers estimate that the mole population in the UK has reached 33 to 40 million, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The huge numbers are due to the 2006 strychnine hydrochloride ban, which was the most commonly used method of killing moles, and the foot and mouth epidemic which prevented pest controllers from accessing rural areas to control their mole population. As well as upsetting people's gardens, moles cause problems for farmers, including damage to crops and machinery.
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Things you need
- Shovel or spade
- Large container
- Wooden board
- Water supply
- Large mousetrap
- Castor oil
Dig a trench round the section of land you need to protect from moles. Dimensions should be around 8 to 12 inches wide and 24 to 36 inches deep. Fill the trench with gravel and cover it over with soil.
Dig into an existing mole tunnel. Put a large container, such as a glass jar, into the tunnel with the rim level with the bottom. Keep the light out of the tunnel by covering it with a piece of wood. Release the mole into the wild after it is caught in the container.
Insert a garden hose into the mole tunnel and flood it. This will prevent the mole from entering. You can also try catching the mole in a mousetrap. You can also consider pouring castor oil into the mole's tunnel. This will give the mole an upset stomach and encourage it to leave.
Eliminate a mole's food source, which is grubs. Treat the yard with a grub treatment. Activity could increase for two to three days as the mole searches for food, but it will leave after figuring out its food source is gone.
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