Garden Tips

Chasing away the mole - 8 tips


The mole is actually very useful. However, its mounds drive many garden owners crazy. My 8 tips will help drive the mole away.

They are useful, they are also cute to look at - but not in your own garden, please! We are talking about moles. With their tiny shovels, moles create an underground passage system that many hardly think possible. The result is unloved mounds of earth on the lawn of the garden. Our 8 tips explain how to fight the mole or rather to drive it away.

You can't kill a mole, because he is a protected species, but you can drive it away. At least you can try these options:

Tip 1: pour sour yoghurt or sour milk into the aisles

For this classic household tip, you have to remove the mound of earth and expose the mole hole. Then simply pour the sour yoghurt or sour milk into the mole duct. Then a little soil on the home remedy, so that you don't get bothered by the smell and repeat with as many holes as possible. If you are lucky, the mole will soon be fed up with it.

Tip 2: drive away the mole with noise

Invite a lot of children or at least do a lot in the garden, especially several days in a row. Moles love peace. If they are constantly disturbed, it could also drive the little shovels away.

The classic among the products in this context is certainly the “mole fright” (available here), which emits vibrations into the soil every 40 seconds and in this way sells moles, vole and Co.

Tip 3: drive away the mole with empty glass bottles

Here's how it works: Dig the empty bottles near the molehills and let the bottle neck look out about 10 centimeters. The wind now produces sounds that the moles don't like and may move.

By the way: Purchased products that emit sound waves or fragrances are not only expensive, but mostly also ineffective. If you can live with the mole and the hills, you shouldn't drive the beneficial animal away, because it eats soil pests.

If the above-mentioned remedies for the mole are not enough, you can now find further options to drive the mole away.

Tip 4: Use a live trap to catch a mole

The live trap enables the animals to be caught gently. Whether mole or voles. However, the moles must then be released undamaged at another location, because they are under nature protection - information on this is provided by the responsible nature protection authorities or the local forester.

In addition, live traps set up must also be checked regularly by the garden owner - several times a day - so that the wild animal does not have to remain in the trapped state for too long or could even die in the live trap.

Tip 5: Put molehill under water

Another way to drive them out is to put existing molehills under water. The garden owner should make sure that he flushes the soil thoroughly and treads a little firmly. However, caution is advised that the mole is not currently in the hill area.

In the case of stubborn animals, this process must certainly be repeated several times, until they usually finally search for space.

Tip 6: construct fragrance barriers

Detect the mole's passages and provide them with perfume -

The construction of different scent barriers in the corridors has proven to be very effective for driving out moles from your own garden. As a rule, it is sufficient to spread out a tuft of human hair.

However, if the garden owner does not want to sacrifice his own hair for this, he can also try garlic (also pickled garlic), a homemade soapy water or a mixture of milk and whey. Alternatively, buttermilk would also work.

For this purpose, specialist retailers even have special mole stones (or odor drops) ready, which have already been soaked with these odorous substances and can be easily laid out in the aisles. They quickly drive the mole, irritated by the unusual scents, to flight.

Alternatively, a mole pesticide can be used, which only scares the animal out of the garden, but is otherwise completely harmless to him - in no case is fatal.

* Update 2011:

Through one of our advertising customers, we came across two other ways to avoid molehills in the garden.

Harald Unger, co-owner of the supplier, told us about a lot of phone calls he made with desperate garden owners and confirmed the ineffectiveness of noise generators and gasification agents. They harm the environment, annoy the neighbors and are a useless spending of money. He recommends two products that really help:

  • mole network
  • vertical lock for retrofitting

Tip 7: mole net

The mole net, a horizontal barrier, is installed when the lawn is created. This environmentally friendly product has been helping optimally for almost twenty years. The little burrows can build their aisles underneath the grille unhindered, but pushing up the unloved molehills is certainly prevented. At the same time, the gears cannot be pushed in when walking on the lawn. The lawn stays as beautiful as it is. Robotic lawnmowers are not affected by the plastic grid.

By the way: Due to the good long-term experience, the provider has now extended its warranty to 25 years.

Tip 8: Vertical lock for retrofitting

Another product is the MolEX-F vertical barrier. The special pointed knob film is intended for retrofitting. Many sports fields have already been permanently freed from the mole problem.