Moles in my Yard
Thanks for writing. The first order of business is to make sure you truly have moles (vs. gophers).
Moles are carnivorous creatures that dine on earthworms and grubs. They do not attack plants, but do make earthen tunnels just under the surface of your yard in their pursuit of prey.
Gophers, on the other hand are herbivores and will dine on the roots of plants.
There are many folk remedies to get rid of these two pests, but sadly most of them do not work. Trapping can be effective with gophers, but does not work well with moles. However you might try repellents designed just for them. You can find repellents for gophers and moles at www.messinawildlife.com
I haven't used these products myself, but I've heard good things about them. Note: Moles often disappear on their own when the weather heats up because their worm prey moves deeper underground. Gophers, however, can be a constant problem.
---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com
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