Natural Mole and Gopher Deterrents

  • 7 Tips for a Gopher Free Backyard


    Have gophers dedicated your backyard as their neighborhood playground? Do you need to know how to get rid of gophers naturally?

    1. Gophers are sound-sensitive. Aggravate the little dickens by installing gopher-chaser windmills. Continuous vibrations emitted by windmill blades travel underground via the hollow support rod. Add pops of color to your backyard with several windmills. This is an eco-friendly way to color gophers gone!
    2. Due to their heightened sense of smell try introducing scents gophers don't like. Stinky fish scraps or castor oil will incite gophers to skedaddle. Pack their escape holes with fish scraps. Or, Scatter castor oil granules in your backyard.
    3. Getting rid of gophers may also be accomplished with road flares. Dig into a mound to get to their tunnel. Light the flare, push the lit end into the tunnel and cover with soil. The smoke contains sulfur and gophers will scurry out of offensive smelling tunnels expediently.
    4. Gopher Spurge or Euphorbia lathysis is commonly used for getting rid of gophers. To purge your backyard of these furry pests, plant several. Roots and stems contain a caustic milk-like liquid, which signals gophers to vamoose. The plant itself grows tall and handsome. Note: Gopher Spurge is poisonous. Generally gophers will not ingest enough to kill them, but the possibility exists.
    5. Traps are old-fashioned, yet frequently, old ways are the best ways. However, so that you won't defeat your planet-friendly intentions, ensure you buy non-lethal traps. For best results, place a trap at the entrance and exit of the tunnel. When the pesky rodent goes inside the trap, the door automatically closes. Once he's "trapped", take gopher, cage and all, to a distant location and set him free.
    6. Used coffee grounds act as a natural gopher disincentive. Deposit coffee grounds in all the holes gophers have burrowed in your backyard. Liberally spread any surplus coffee grounds on your entire yard, as they make a marvelous natural fertilizer.
    7. This method is not for everyone, but it's possible to co-exist with the little critters. Simply allow the furthest corner of your backyard to grow wild with weeds. Gophers adore weeds and will live happily ever after in their little corner of the world.


  • The Value of a Mole Repellent

    Amazing Mole Repellent

    Mole prevention is needed to remove small creatures that leave holes and messes around. Moles dig in yards and houses to find insects for food. They have large appetites and a lot of energy. As they roam during the day or night, study their habits and apply an effective repellent.

    Moles build complex tunnels that cause extensive damage. It is easy to spot a molehill that looks unattractive and out of place. A typical mole repellent comes in a liquid or powder. Castor oil is a widely used item. The repellent is spread over the hills and then saturated with a water to make it spread throughout the systems. Saturation is recommended for the greatest effects.

    In addition to chemicals, there are devices that get rid of pests. A solar mole repellent shoots vibrations into the ground that irritate the invaders. The first instinct for the creatures is to escape out of the tunnel. Keep the sounds going in and eventually the moles seek peace somewhere else. The energy-efficient device takes its power from the sun.

    Various natural remedies are available that claim to repel moles. The point is to eradicate the problem without harming the animals or environment. However, only a few natural methods actually work. One method is to set up barriers around the outlying parts of the backyard. The barriers are buried deep enough to ensure that the animals do not reach them. This method is only useful at preventing moles from entering the yard. If a barrier does not work, you could fumigate the area by pumping gas into the tunnel. The work is not entirely effective because the tunnel is usually very long and requires a large supply of gas. Also, the gas could get absorbed into the soil before it reaches the mole.

    Moles are pests because they create giant hills and eat through gardens. One mole can cause serious damage to a garden. One solution is to call the professional services of a mole exterminator. The pros review the extent of the problem and set up traps or spray repellents. However, not all pros use safe, natural chemicals that do not leave messes. Whenever you can, take care of the problem yourself and have total control over the results.

  • Getting Rid of Moles in Your Yard

    Getting Rid of Moles in Your Yard Made Easy

    As summer approaches, and we all start to look forward to the warmer weather, there is another species that is also going to start showing up – moles. Moles can turn your beautiful lawn into a haven for them and their friends if you don’t act quickly. In the springtime, moles come out of hibernation and try to find the yards that will offer the most amount of food, and if it is yours, they will be there for the whole season. This is why it is important to make sure they don’t come into your yard in the first place. Getting rid of moles in your yard is not too difficult and there are many different ways you can go about doing so.

    Before you try to get rid of the moles, you need to first figure out where they are. The best way to do this is to water your lawn. When you water your lawn, all of the little grubs and insects that moles feed on will come to the surface of your yard. When the insects come to the surface, the moles will follow, this will allow you to see exactly where they are and where their active runs are.

    Better Be Getting Rid of Moles in your yard
    One of the first options is more of a repellent than a fatal option. Moles hate castor oil. Many repellents that are offered at your local markets will have a pure castor oil solution in them that you are able to hook your garden hose up to. Once the hose is hooked up and turned on, the water will mix with the castor oil to create a barrier for your lawn. The key when using this type of water mixture is to start at the middle of your yard and work outward. If you start on the outside and work in, there is a chance that the mole will be caught in your yard.

    The second option you can use is similar to the first in that the castor oil solution is condensed onto small pellets. You can sprinkle these pellets in your yard, but you will usually only have enough to hit the spots where the moles are active rather than spraying your whole yard.

    Our third option involves using a mole run trap. This option can either be human, in that it does not kill the mole, or fatal, which will end up completely ending the moles life. The key to mole run traps, human or fatal, is finding an active mole run. If you are not paying attention to your lawn for a week or two, you might have several mole runs that have popped up. The fact, however, is that these moles will create a run and then not use it again. The best way to find an active mole run is to scrape the top off of the mole runs in small spots in the evening before you go inside for the night. In the morning check the holes in the mole runs that you created, the ones that look like they have been covered up are the active runs – moles don’t like holes in their runs. Once you have concluded where the active runs are you can set your traps.

    We find that a combination of traps and repellents work the best to keep moles out of the yard. The traps will get rid of the moles that are already in the yard while the repellent will keep any other moles from wanting to come into your yard.

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