We’ll look at five different home remedies to get rid of moles and gophers in your yard without using poisons or pesticides. But before driving them away, you should take a moment to consider: Moles and gophers can be very useful for your garden.
The good news is that if you have a mole or gopher in your garden, you can consider yourself lucky. Molehills and gopher holes indicate good soil quality, which means your garden has everything it needs to thrive. Before you look for home remedies to get rid of moles in your yard, consider the benefits of keeping them around:
- They eat pests like insects, grubs and earthworms.
- The strenuous digging uses up a lot of energy, so moles consume a good half of their body weight in insects per day.
- Both animals loosen your soil while building their tunnels and increase soil fertility.
- If you still want to get rid of them, please do not use poison or other deadly measures!
Live traps should also be avoided at all costs. The mole has a rapid metabolism and will starve to death within a few hours without food supply. If the animal in the live trap is not noticed in time, it will die.
If you’re not sure whether your unwanted garden tenant is a mole or a gopher, you can check out the National Wildlife Federation’s guide to moles and gophers to identify it. Then you can better decide how to send it on its way.
Simple Home Remedies to Get Rid of Gophers and Moles
You can humanely get rid of moles and gophers in your yard using all-natural home remedies. Both animals are sensitive to odors and noise and may move to a new area if the old one becomes too stressful. We’ll show you how you can drive your uninvited guest away from your property with simple, chemical-free solutions.
1. Get Rid of Moles and Gophers Using Smells
Due to their fine sense of smell, unpleasant odors may work to drive moles and gophers away. You can place the scented item at the entrance of the hole, or dig into molehills and add it in there. The goal is to get the odor evenly distributed into the tunnel system.
Natural Items to use:
- Human or Dog Hair: add clumps of hair near the holes and tunnels
- Garlic or Spicy Horseradish: grate and mix with water, then carefully pour into the mounds
- Elderflower Decoction: for this solution, boil a decoction of elderflowers and let it steep for three days. Then pour it into the mounds.
- Spoiled Milk
- Pet Waste
Tip: For best results, continue to replace the scented items once or twice a week. Repeat the process until no new molehills or gopher holes form.
2. Loud Noises to Keep Moles Out of Your Yard
Moles have highly sensitive hearing; their fine hairs recognize even the slightest vibrations. Making loud noise creates intense sound waves that may drive the moles away.
To get rid of moles in your yard, try one of the following home remedies:
Empty Bottles: Stick empty glass bottles without lids into the mounds at an angle so that only the neck of the bottle is sticking out. The sound the wind makes in the bottles is barely audible to you but may be reason enough for the mole to move.
Homemade Wind Chimes: Place metal rods into the ground in several places and attach empty soda cans to the top with a string. The sound of cans hitting the pole should drive the mole away.
3. Plant the Right Plants to Deter Gophers
There are certain plants you can add to your garden that may help keep gophers at bay either due to their scent, their taste or both.
- Shasta Daisies
- California Fescue Grass
- Ornamental Allium
Many of these plants also have the added bonus of attracting pollinators to your garden. Some also naturally repel mosquitos.
4. How To Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard: Kill Their Food Source
If your lawn has a grub infestation, you’ll be hard-pressed to get rid of moles in your yard, home remedy or not. But don’t worry! After eliminating or at least reducing the number of grubs on your property, moles will likely move on to greener pastures. But in the meantime, there are two ways to get rid of grubs that you can try:
- Birds love to munch on grubs as well, so invite them to flock to your yard by installing birdhouses, feeders, and baths.
- Try using beneficial nematodes (a kind of roundworm). They’re earth-friendly and will really help to control the grub population in your yard.
5. Invite Natural Predators In
Both the mole and gopher have numerous natural predators including foxes, weasels, coyotes, barn owls, hawks, badgers, and snakes. If you provide these animals with sufficient shelter, a balance will gradually be achieved and the mole will disappear all by itself. You can offer shelter in the form of piles of wood, leaves, and stones. For birds of prey, perches and free branches are ideal.
Tip: If you can’t seem to get rid of moles and gophers from your yard with these home remedies, take a closer look at the mounds. In some cases, they are not moles at all, but voles. These critters are far less sensitive and are not as easy to drive away as a mole or gopher.
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