Moles in my backyard
I have been having a problem with moles burrowing in my backyard. I have applied a grub treatment thinking I would kill their food source and I have applied A mole repellent to the lawn. But the moles continue to come back. What other treatments Should I try? ,
Howard County Maryland
There are no easy solutions when it comes to mole control. Moles feed on a variety of soil insects like earthworms and grubs. They are more a nuisance in the spring and fall when soil moisture levels are higher and prey are closer to the surface of the soil.
We do not recommend a grub control to control moles as they will feed on other invertebrate such as earthworms making grub control ineffective. We only recommend a grub control if grubs are feeding on your turfgrass roots. Repellents have a limited success rate.
Moles usually move on when their food supply and habitat changes. Activity often stops on its own so in many cases control is not needed. Tamp down raised tunnels with your foot whenever they appear and the ground is not soggy. Some reseeding may be required. As a last resort you can use a lethal trap to control moles. For more information see publication on Nuisance Wildlife for information on moles http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG90%20Dealing%20wit...