Ground moles are those small worm-eating animals that live in underground tunnels, well out of the sight of people. However, what they do is anything but secretive. Ground moles destroy plant gardens and create ugly mounds of dirt in lawns, something you can mistake for animal dropping or something like that. Hardly desirable I would say. Where practical ground mole control is concerned, it is generally acknowledged that trapping is the best control method around though there exists several other treatment techniques, something you will come to see by the end of this article.
When do you do ground mole control
Ground mole control is best carried out as soon as you suspect an infestation. Don’t waste a minute because the more time you take to act, the more time the pests are getting to feed on your precious crops and flower plants. Also, the longer ground moles are allowed on a piece of land, the more they indulge in building extensive tunnels which basically means that the longer you wait for the problem to solve itself, the harder it will be for you to actually eliminate them ground moles from your property later on.
As for the ground mole control itself, several university studies including one recently carried out by the University of California list traps, poison, repellents, underground fences, digging them up and the use of smoke cartridges as the most effective and practical means of ground mole control. You can also get rid of moles by making your garden less attractive though this is more a recessive solution. Here you are not fighting for your space but rather you are taking a step backwards hoping your opponent will do the same.
Trapping, as we saw above, is perhaps the most effective ground mole control method around. Mole traps are today, available in many gardening stores, offline but more so online. Just a few clicks and you can start some serious ground mole control treatment in no time at all. In general, you will need to place the trap near or above an active mole tunnel for best results.
2. Using toxins and fumigants
A couple of years ago, the University of Missouri evidenced that zinc phosphide is actually the only effective mole poison around for the simple reason that it is not easy to disrupt the mechanism of animals that actually feed on worms. So if you are online, looking up appropriate toxins and fumigants to carry out effective ground mole control, you need to look up the ingredients and unless you identify zinc phosphide on the packaging, don’t go for the chemical substances because they will prove to be useless.
On a separate note, if you want to minimize the damage caused to your plants by ground moles, you might want to make use of what is known as ground mole repellents. Repellents do not kill ground moles nor do they get rid of them. The only thing repellents actually do is stop ground moles from disturbing the planted bulbs in your garden.