How to Get Rid of Yard Moles Tout Suet
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How to Get Rid of Yard Moles Tout Suet

how to get rid of moles the yard

Unless you live in Antarctica, Greenland, or at the North Pole you have probably experienced moles. They are described as ‘dirt throwers’ for their method of burrowing underground. Yards, wetlands, heavily leaved areas, and mulched areas are susceptible to invasions in search of earthworms: their principal food, which primarily contains dirt they extract before eating.

Moles are content to burrow through yards, leaving unpleasant looking molehills as they go. For this reason, they are mostly considered pests of the highest order: but, not so in some countries. In Germany they are a protected species: a permit is required to kill them. 

There are a number of ways to combat moles: some effective, some not so effective. Moles are hunted by any number of animals: cats, snakes, etc. but that contribution is slight. Mole fences, mole traps, and poisons are employed to combat them as well as landscaping tricks, like refraining from heavy mulching. Mole fences are expensive and cumbersome. Mole traps: a friend of mine installed one in his yard to no avail. He took it out after tripping over it a couple of times. Chemical poisons do get rid of the buggers, but they can run into an expense because they must be applied with each infestation.

The answer to an easy defence lies in the castor bean plant. The castor bean plant is found in warm climates. It is fast growing. Its beans are poisonous but so are wisteria, azaleas, and many other plants that decorate yards. Human poisoning by castor bean plant or azalea, etc. is extremely rare. Its seed is used in the making of castor oil.

My uncle was a golf course superintendent. He successfully used the plant to discourage moles. When I lived in Florida I found them growing wild along a railroad track. I transplanted one in my backyard and solved a mole problem I was experiencing. As they are fast growers, they should be cut back with some frequency. If castor bean plants cannot be found in your area, castor seeds for planting may be purchased on the internet.

What I use now is castor oil. So, try it if you have tired of products you are currently using and castor bean plants seem out to the question.

Here is how to apply. Buy a $5 bottle of castor oil and a dropper. When infestation occurs, take a stick and make holes in some of the mole hills. Put a few drops of castor oil in the holes. You will find the application will last quite a long time. Over the course of the past year I have made two applications.

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