How to Avoid Making a Mountain Out of Your Molehills

How to Avoid Making a Mountain Out of Your Molehills 

It’s finally starting to feel like spring in Muskoka, and you can now see patches of grass peeking through the snow; such an exciting time. With the melting snow, you may begin to notice unpleasant dirt mounds scattered across your lawn; not such an exciting time. These mounds are typically indicators your lawn had a population of grubs that attracted moles. Here to help you in all your mole-riding endeavors, this article gives you some tips and tricks for getting your lawn back to being green and lush. Before you begin your mole hunt, you must first understand a few things about moles:

  • As is apparent on your lawn, moles love creating mazes (aka tunnels).
  • They are most active during warm, wet months, although they live underground year-round.
  • They grow to be between 4 and 6 inches and have gray to black fur, slender hairless snouts, and little beady eyes and ears. They have large front feet with long claws that dig much like a hoe.
  • They live in solitude and live only 3 years.

We assume you want to be as humane as possible when dealing with these animals, but based on our research, we've found removal by force may work the best. There are many ineffective methods like lye, Drano, pickle juice, broken glass, cayenne peppers, razor blades, bleach, juicy fruit gum, mothballs, human hairballs, vibrations, gasoline, and explosives. If you're choosing to be humane, beneficial nematodes are an organic method, harmless to earthworms, ladybugs, and plants. For those who don’t know, nematodes are parasitic, microscopic, whiteish to transparent, unsegmented worms. They seek and destroy most harmful soil-dwelling insects, including weevils, Japanese beetles, grubs and mole crickets. They work effectively to kill insects before they become adults. Applying these parasites to your yard is easy and chemical-free. Ridding moles of their preferred foods may cause them to vacate, but often this doesn’t work alone, as they usually begin to feed off of earthworms instead.

Resource after resource has indicated that the only guaranteed way to rid your lawn of moles is to use a mole-specific trap that will either exterminate the animal or preserve it for relocation. If you take this route, aboveground and underground traps are available and should be moved between mole tunnels daily. Supposedly, Victor® brand has the best Mole traps for reasonable prices; visit for more information. Local retailers such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot & Canadian Tire can also assist with your mole trap needs.

Now is the time to make your move, they are most active in the early Spring. As mentioned earlier, these creatures are not social and live in solitude; meaning the problem is dealt with usually only after one or two moles have been exterminated or relocated. Good luck eradicating moles from your lawn. Please feel free to share your mole-riding success stories; we would love to hear from you.  

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