How to get rid of lawn moles naturally

Updated February 21, 2017

Moles are small, but they can inflict a large amount of damage on your lawn in a surprisingly short amount of time. The first step in permanently resolving a mole infestation is to deal with the grubs. Moles eat grubs, so where there are moles, there are almost always grubs. If you eliminate the grubs, then you can rest assured that when you do get rid of the moles, they won't come back. There are natural ways to kill grubs and to get rid of lawn moles that will not put your lawn, your family or your pets at risk.

Sprinkle one teaspoon of Milky Spore powder for every 1.2 m (4 feet) of lawn in a checkerboard pattern. Once you've applied the Milky Spore to your entire lawn, soak the lawn thoroughly with a hose or run your sprinklers. Milky Spore is a natural bacteria in a powder form that kills grubs in your garden for a minimum of 10 years.

Use a stick to locate any active mole tunnels in your garden. When you poke an active tunnel, the dirt around it will start to move right away.

Use a shovel to dig a small hole in the active tunnel and place a large coffee tin upright in the hole so that the opening of the can is level with the floor of the tunnel. Place a piece of plywood on top of the coffee tin so that the tunnel remains dark. When the mole is running through the tunnel, he will fall into the coffee can.

Check the coffee tin at least twice a day to see if you caught anything.

Once you catch the mole, wear thick leather gloves to put the top on the coffee tin. Take the mole to a remote location to set it free.


If you do not want to live trap the mole, you can put a handful of dry ice down each molehill in your garden. The carbon dioxide released by the dry ice will kill the moles.


Be extremely careful when releasing the mole. Moles are afraid of people but can be unpredictable when trapped.

Things You'll Need

  • Milky Spore powder
  • Hose or sprinklers
  • Stick
  • Shovel
  • Large coffee tin
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