Known for their ability to single handedly destroy lawns across Michigan, moles should be at the top of your “critters to watch out for” list heading into spring. As the weather warms up, mole’s prey (grubs and earthworms) come closer to the surface of the soil to feed. When this happens, the moles come quickly to eat, and your lawn is left vulnerable to damage.
Simply put, spring season is mole season. But you can be ready! Here are some natural steps you can take to protect your lawn from moles this spring:
Moles are jumpy critters. That combined with their highly developed sense of hearing makes them very sensitive to new and unusual noises. Effective noises include wind chimes, a ground sound making machine, and pet sounds like a dog barking, or a cat meowing. Keep in mind this method is only effective temporarily. Once the mole gets used to the sound, it will no longer be effective in shooing them away.
An Ultrasonic Device
Once placed in the ground, the ultrasonic device will emit low frequency sound waves, and powerful vibrations. Similar to noise, this will create an unusual and uncomfortable environment for the mole, and it will drive them away temporarily.
Pet Waste and Pet Hair
When moles smell a predator, they will run. Covering holes the moles create with pet waste or pet hair is an effective method at driving them away from your lawn. This method can be more effective if you water the areas where the waste or hair has been laid. Doing so will help the waste/hair spread further down the tunnel, ultimately driving the mole even further away. Keep in mind; consistent re application will be necessary!
Because moles are so active in the early spring months, a trap can be extremely effective in eliminating your mole problem. Keep in mind; moles are smart critters. Make sure when you release them, you do so in a place far away for your home, or else they will return!
In the same way new and unusual noises can repel moles, new smells can do the same. Some smells that have proven to be effective are: liquid soap, Castrol oil, fish emulsion, cayenne pepper, and kitty litter. Because this is another temporary measure, make sure that when you reapply, you utilize different smells.
At Turf Tenders, our team has the knowledge and experience required to eliminate your mole problem. Protect your lawn today and give us a call at (248) 541-5296 to hear all about our mole control program. We can help!