Moles are every lawn lover’s nightmare. If you have put all your time and effort into your lawn to make it look beautiful green and fresh, molehills suddenly appear. Besides the fact that molehills are annoying because the grass is difficult to walk on, the appearance of a lawn with molehills doesn’t get any better either. Nevertheless, moles are useful animals, also in your garden. Moles do in fact eat harmful insects on the roots of the plants in your garden. Unfortunately, the molehills are an undesirable side effect and to prevent further damage to your lawn, you should fight them.
Moll nuisance? These are the most important symptoms
It is not the case that moles directly cause nuisance to people themselves. Nor do moles pose any danger to people. It is the case, however, that lawn owners and farmers can experience a great deal of nuisance because of the many molehills that moles sometimes leave behind. Although a mole rarely rises above the ground, the molehill forms an exit from its system of corridors, which means that it sometimes rises to catch insects. Usually there are several molehills together and this can cause damage to the lawn or grassland. In severe cases, if the mole has dug a huge system of corridors and a particular type of soil, soil could collapse.
Moles have no specific place of origin. A precondition for the mole is that there is soil in which they can dig well. So this must not be too dry, too stony or too sandy sand. Wherever there is a good digging ground, the mole can also occur. The presence of sufficient food is also a condition. The most important food of moles consists of earthworms. In Europe the mole occurs almost everywhere, but there are a few exceptions, such as some parts of Scandinavia, Ireland and some countries and islands in southern Europe.
What in particular should you not do?
There are various ways of controlling moles. A classic that has never helped is to flood the molehill with water, hoping that the mole will drown. The mole is lightning fast underground, so when you turn on your garden hose, the mole is long gone. If you are an animal lover and have no business damage from a mole, there is no need to fight moles by killing them. There are plenty of ways to fight moles with natural means or means they hate and stay away from your lawn anyway.
What can you do?
There are some simple ways to fight moles. For example, you can put a glass jar or a glass bottle in the molehill with the opening facing upwards. The wind will then blow along the opening, making a very unpleasant sound for the mole and it will leave the area. You can also use mole clamps for a more drastic approach where the mole is killed. You can also use a fighter who will then be able to fight the moles professionally. They also have the right knowledge about moles.
How can you prevent moles?
An effective way to prevent moles from making molehills in your lawn is to cover the sandy soil with gauze before laying the lawn. Then pour a little sand and turf over it. If you want to protect your entire garden from moles, dig a trench along the edges of your garden up to about 40 centimetres and apply gauze there as well. In this way the mole will be stopped and can no longer enter your garden. Do you already have molehills but do you want to prevent moles from coming back? Then buy a natural pesticide in which the plant Keizerskroon is incorporated. Moles can smell very well and hate the smell of this plant. In a vegetable garden it sometimes helps to dig garlic bulbs into the ground. Moles also hate this smell.
Controling moles? Follow these 5 tips:
- Vibrations and odours are another way to fight moles. There are devices on the market that can cause slight vibrations where the mole is sensitive. Fragrances can also be used to prevent the mole from damaging your lawn.
- In a professional way, moles can be tackled with carbon monoxide. For this you need special equipment. It is therefore wise to call in a professional fighter for this method.
- You can make your garden as attractive as possible to the natural above-ground enemy of moles, such as foxes, herons, owls and storks.
- Please contact a pest exterminator. The pest controller knows everything about the mole’s behaviour and can best control the moles.