How To Get Rid of Ground Moles With Dawn Soap
Moles typically have no relation with humans until they infest your yard. Even when they do, their presence may likely go unnoticed except until you crack an ankle in one of its holes. Do not worry if your garden is infested by the furry creature as this post will provide you with a few simple steps to get rid of it with a homemade repellent. Read on for more information.
What is a Mole?
A Mole is a small rodent in the class Mammalia and family Talpidae. It is mostly found in Europe, Asia, and North America. The creature has a cylindrical body, short forelimbs, and large paws that sooth its lifestyle which mostly involves burrowing. They have fur just like the other rodents, but this one prefers to carry out its affairs alone. You will have to look really close at a mole to spot it eyes and ears.
If this description fit the creature that was spotted on your yard then you are in luck as this post is created to help you get rid of it with much ease. Although moles are considered as pests in many regions across the globe, they are protected species in some countries including Germany and they can only be killed after obtaining a permit.
Does A Mole Pose A threat to My Health?
The answer is yes and no. First, they don’t pose any direct threat to your health. Although their saliva is highly poisonous to their prey which includes earthworms and other invertebrates that live in the soil, it may not pose the same effect on humans. Talking about the effects of mole saliva in humans, the creature does not bite and may rarely have voluntary direct contact with humans.
Secondly, not the mole, but its activities may become detrimental to your health if, for instance, you accidentally step in a mole hole and hurt yourself. This is even more serious if you have kids who love to spend time in the garden. Your safety and that of your family should be a top priority hence warranting a few active steps to keep moles out.
Moles May Damage Your Yard
Apart from the potential threat they pose to you, they are also a threat to your lawn or garden plants by exposing tilled soil which consequently allows the easy growth of weed. It may also affect the growth of young plants and even cause their death by constantly disturbing the soil, thereby preventing your garden from thriving well.
As already mentioned above, raise molehills which is the normal consequence of their burrowing activities. This may kill the parts of your lawn thereby making all your effort in maintaining amount to naught. The creature may also damage your gardening and cleaning machinery by exposing them to stones.
Furthermore, a mole in your yard may also translate to damage caused to watercourses and drainage systems. It may come as a surprise to you that such a small creature can cause so much damage. It is important to note that although the holes it digs in the ground appear small and harmless, they may run deep in different directions.
Benefits of Moles
If you are currently having a mole problem you may find this heading hard to believe but it is true. The damage caused by moles in your yard is completely unintentional and one may safely attribute it to their subterranean lifestyle. They go searching for food every now and then, disturbing the soil thus preventing the normal growth of your plants or digging holes that may cause accidents.
This is how you look at the circumstance but have you tried looking at the fact that the creature feeds on different types of insects including the beetle grubs that may cause significant damage to your garden plants? Their constant burrowing activities also helps to aerate the soil thereby allowing for an increase of soil nutrient and helping the surrounding plants thrive well.
How to Get Rid of Ground Moles
Although there are several other ways to get rid of a mole, such as mole traps, pesticides and even killing the creature, the most effective and relatively easy way is by using our dawn dish wash recipe. For instance, a pesticide may not work well as the creature may just go the other way if the chemical is sprayed due to its large network of routes.
Additionally, the creature may survive your pesticide as it thrives well in low low-oxygen areas as it burrows. It has been found to be highly tolerant in environments with higher levels of Carbon(IV) oxide compared to other fossorials and mammals in general. This tolerance is attributable to a kind of hemoglobin present in their blood cells which have an increased affinity to oxygen compared to other forms.
It is relatively easier to use repellants than killing the creature. The wisdom behind using dawn soap is to get rid of the mole indirectly. Moles love to feed on insects that thrive on in the soil such as earthworms and grubs. This is the reason why the activities of the rodent are more pronounced in spring as it is easier for them to dig the soil during this season.
The best way to get rid of a mole is to exterminate it food and make the environment unpalatable for the creature. Our recipe, if used properly will make its source of livelihood unappealing thereby forcing it to find another comfortable environment different from yours.
However, it is advised to repeat the procedure one weakly for at least four weeks for the best results. This is especially because moles are known to stash a large number of grubs and earthworms by paralyzing them for future feeding. It may feed on its stash and then continue with its burrowing activities after the effect of your dawn soap repellant dies down.
How to Make Dawn Soap Mole Repellent
- Dawn soap
- Castor oil
How to Prepare
Start by getting the jar of your garden sprayer. Open it and add about two tablespoons of Dawn dishwashing liquid and an equal amount of castor oil to the jar. Add about 750 ml of water, shake well and spray. However, this recipe is dependant on the size of your garden. You may need to double or even triple it for an even distribution.
As you spray the garden, endeavor to fill all mole holes with soil and then spay the surface. The procedure works better after a light rainfall. If you complete the procedure properly, the mole may relocate after a few days but it still pays to repeat this procedure once or twice again in the future. The advantage of the dawn-castor oil spray is that it does not cause any damage to your plant which makes it better than most store-bought detergents that contain chemicals that may be dangerous to your plants.