Moles - Misconceptions & Wives Tales
When it comes to gophers and moles, there are plenty of misconceptions and old wives tales regarding how to prevent and remove moles without hurting or killing them. But for the most part these methods don't work, if they did we would be happy to use them. In other words, quit pulling your hair out and putting it in the mole tunnels. It doesn't work. Moth balls, chewing gum and ashes don't work. "Mole ridding plants", vibrating contraptions and killing grubs don't do any good either. These methods are all a waste of time.
The Skunk Whisperer®
Mole & Gopher Services
Please do not call the skunk whisperer office in regards to mole, gopher, or vole trapping and removal unless you are interested in spending at least $1000 for non lethal methods. The Skunk Whisperer does not offer lethal mole or gopher removal and live trapping methods do not work well.
Most people choose to have lethal mole and gopher trapping and poisoning done because it is the most cost effective method. Our company offers the below mole and gopher removal options but once again they are expensive and most people choose to have them killed.
Our company does offer the two mole and gopher removal methods listed below, but because they are expensive, most people choose to call companies who offer lethal control.
- Castor oil applications to the lawn every other week, 12 months out of the year. As a taste deterring repellent we would utilize a hose end applicator and apply castor oil to your entire lawn and flower bed heavily every other week. Personal and professional experience with castor oil applications have certainly proven it very effective but also very messy and expensive. problems with castor oil applications include oily foot prints onto driveways, carpets and hardwood floors, not only from humans, but pets too. Castor oil applications when it is freezing cold outside are not only fun to do, it takes quite a while for the castor to penetrate the surface.
- Metal barriers to forbid moles and gophers from entering your yard. Steel is not inexpensive but if 16" of steel is installed 12" into the soil surrounding your entire property, it will greatly reduce if not totally eliminate their activity. Although there are tasteful ways of installing 16" of steel in your lawn, it does require totally re-landscaping in most cases. These projects would generally start out at a few thousand dollars.
Although we've included information below on live traps, in the case of gophers and moles we believe there aren't any humane, cost effective alternatives at this time other than landscape modification and barriers.
If You Live In Tulsa
If you live in the Tulsa, Oklahoma are and you want lethal mole or gopher removal, and you fully understand that we are referring you to somebody who is not an employee or associated with our company, please call Robert Hendricks at 918-519-1932.
If You Live In The Oklahoma City Area
If you live in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area and you want lethal mole or gopher removal, and you fully understand that we are referring you to somebody who is not an employee or associated with our company, please call The Gopher Girls at 405-313-3963.
The "Kill All the Grubs and
Your Moles Will Go Away" Myth
It's a lie. Don't buy it, don't believe it. If you went to the store and bought that expensive bag of poison to kill those grubs in your lawn thinking it would do you any good whatsoever, you're wrong.
Sticking a twenty dollar bill in the mole tunnel would be more effective than killing the grubs, as the human scent on it might scare them away for a little while. In our opinion, somebody invented a chemical that kills grubs in your lawn and found a way to make a lot of money off of it.
In fact, moles are not after your grubs, they are after your earthworms. True, if you were to dissect a mole, you would find inadvertent pieces of roots, foliage, and grubs in their stomachs, but you would mostly find earthworms. The thing is you don't want to, or cannot get rid of all of your earthworms. But, you can water your lawn less, which will keep the earthworms deeper down in the soil, therefore, you will not see as much surface mole activity or the resulting damage.
If you want to invest your money in something that will decrease your bad lawn grub population, we would recommend properly applying a live organism on your lawn. This is called beneficial nematodes. These will not only consume your bad grubs, (there are actually are good grubs), but they will also consume your ants, termites, fleas, army worms, and anything else they can get their microscopic teeth into. There are many different types of beneficial nematodes on the market. You will want to choose which beneficial nemetodes are best for your specific situation. To the best of our knowledge, the company with the best variety of beneficial nemetodes available on the market to the general public is called Gardens Alive!
Other Useless Home Remedies And
Mole Removal Wives Tales
Vibrating windmills, mole wheels, battery operated contraptions, thorny rosebush branches, fox urine, broken glass, human hair, razor blades, moth balls, lye, bleach, whistling bottles (bottles upside down on sticks), the mole plant, the gopher plant (euphorbia lathyris) as a repellent, electrical shocking devices, playing a radio with the speaker pointing to the ground, ultrasonic devices, castor beans, explosives, nuclear devices, car exhaust pumped into the mole tunnels, the "sit in a rocking chair and wait for them to move and then shoot them with a shotgun or handgun" method, pickle juice, red pepper, human urine, and flooding moles out with water are all worthless. When you're done trying these useless methods, at first it may appear as though they worked, but this will be only temporary. If these methods worked, the guys making big bucks to remove moles from your yard would use them too. Basically all of the above methods are useless. And there is more bad news - there are no humane methods for removing moles at this time.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137-7422