View Full Version : Bilge Mole of the Month; A Query

Keith Wilson
09-24-2013, 07:42 PM
So I just got done mowing the back yard, and I have moles. Yes, kids, ol' Molester Mole himself (see below) , plus his sisters and his cousins and his aunts. They've not only been fruitful and multiplied, they've added, subtracted, divided, done integral calculus, differential equations, bloody Laplace transforms, and making all sorts of mole whoopie under my back yard. Tunnels everywhere; parts of the yard are downright spongy. Now I'm not a real diligent lawn guy; I mainly mow it just before the neighbors start to complain and spray it once a year to keep the creeping charlie down, but this is a bit much.

So waddoeyedo? While doing nothing is always an attractive option, and I'd rather not kill anything if I don't have a good reason, they seem to be doing real damage. Poisons, traps, repellents, Juicy Fruit Gum (an urban legend, apparently), hire professionals? What works?

Molester Mole and Simple J. Malarkey.


bob winter
09-24-2013, 07:45 PM
You can live with each other.

09-24-2013, 07:50 PM

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09-24-2013, 08:37 PM
Great trout bait up there. Moles or Voles?

09-24-2013, 08:51 PM
Knew a old southern guy that knew every foxfire trick in the world, He trapped them and made ladies powder puffs with the hides.

He would walk up to people and rub the homemade puff on their face then say what it was.

It really was soft.

Im thinking of going into this Bizness.

Not sure how to skin them though...

Keith Wilson
09-24-2013, 08:51 PM
Moles. The tunnels are big. The cats can take care of voles.

wizbang 13
09-24-2013, 08:58 PM
I just heard that their tunnels are a good use for old flares!

Ron Williamson
09-24-2013, 09:14 PM
....and old gasoline.

09-24-2013, 10:40 PM
Borrow a beagle?

09-24-2013, 10:47 PM

Tom Montgomery
09-24-2013, 10:58 PM
Grubs eat roots, moles eat grubs, snakes eat moles, snakes wander off after moles are gone.

It seems you have both a grub and mole problem. Eliminate the grubs, the moles move on. Eliminate the moles, the grubs remain and the moles are sure to return.

09-24-2013, 11:00 PM

Jimmy W
09-24-2013, 11:06 PM
My last dog, a lab, wouldn't tolerate a mole in his yard. Even if he had to dig up half of the back yard doing it, he would kill any mole that showed up.

09-24-2013, 11:06 PM
ATV pulling a heavy lawn roller; it closes their upper tunnels. If you keep doing this they may move.

edit -- actually, moles' primary food are earthworms.

09-24-2013, 11:17 PM
We had an invasion of pocket gophers- no moles at this elevation. But I got a solar-powered sonic thingie, and so far no problem.


It crapped out after two months, and the battery can't be replaced. But it's easier, cheaper, and less weird than all the war tactics.

09-24-2013, 11:21 PM
Castor oil spray. You can buy a gallon of pure castor oil on ebay. Spray after a rain. Might take a few times, but the moles will leave. I never had to use more than a gallon in a year - hose end sprayer. After being driven out, it was usually a couple three years before they came back. I don't know why, but they haven't been back for several years.

PS. Your neighbors might not like it, 'cause the moles will take up residence in their yards.


09-25-2013, 02:13 AM
I dont think Keith has the backbone for this fight!.

Still he has come through before against overwhelming odds....

Bobby of Tulsa
09-25-2013, 05:50 AM

Bobby of Tulsa
09-25-2013, 06:20 AM
That could be harmful to bilge rats so be careful.:):)

09-25-2013, 06:47 AM
I understand they make a great sauce... They are good for the soil and the earthworms they eat are all illegal non-native invasive aliens.

Nicholas Scheuer
09-25-2013, 07:10 AM
Cats won't stop moles? You haven't got the right cat. Get yourself a REAL cat. Cats we used to have kept our yard mole-free, while the neighbor had tunnels all over his yard.

09-25-2013, 07:28 AM
Yoko Ono.

Seriously. Get a Yoko Ono CD or what ever device you use with your headphones... (Ipod thingy I'm guessing is more up to date..... I still have a cassette Walkman somewhere.) crank the volume and put the headphones down a hole..... The screeching, keening, wailing sounds will drive them off with no visible damage to your yard or the Moles..... They may have brain damage, but you won't see that.