beautiful and flourishing, so when a pest comes along it can
be nerve wracking. Mounds pop up and your yard looks like a real life whack-a-mole.
Holes sink in various plots of your garden, with paths on top weaving in and around your rose bushes like a rodent highway.
Why is this happening?
What do you do? Who do you call?
The first step to resolution is figuring out what the problem is.
Do you have mounds of dirt popping up in your yard? This would be moles.
Moles dig tunnels in the ground in search of food (worms and other invertebrates).
If you think you have found one, maybe you did. they have small ears and eyes, clawish hands, and a short tail.
Moles do not interact with each other unless to mate. All the mounds in your yard could be from just 1 mole. Each mole creates its own run, a run is a section of yard where there are mounds group together. We typically consider up to 10 mounds in a section one run.
Two home remedies I have heard of and why they might not work:
1. using the exhaust of a car and an add on hose, blow exhaust into the tunnels of the moles to kill them.
The reason this may not work is because moles can tolerate higher levels of carbon dioxide than other mammals.
The moles are able to reuse oxygen inhaled when they are above ground and that makes it easier for them to survive in a low oxygen environment.
2. using a sonic sound device to annoy and deter them from coming back. I have had customers use this for both moles and other rodents. It works... for a few days.
Once the pest has realized it is not going to harm them, they come right back and ignore the sound.
Here is the method that we use at Healthy Homes to get rid of and prevent moles:
First we use a rod to poke around the mounds to find the tunnels. You will know you have hit a tunnel when it goes quickly through the ground. When you have found the tunnels, you place a poisoned worm
(its a form of bait, we don't recommend specific online or in store brands as we get ours from a pesticide supplier that you have to be licensed to purchase from) in the tunnel. Then you disturb the mound nearby so the mole has a reason to return to the tunnel.
Continue this process with all mounds, locating a tunnel near each mound to place a worm bait in and then disturbing the mound.
After you have baited all the tunnels you can find you will want to do a yard treatment to prevent them from creating mounds. Castor oil has proven to be an effective deterrent for moles and voles. We use a pellet form of castor oil for a yard treatment. you can use a yard spreader or your hands to spread it evenly throughout the yard.
You may have to do this process repeatedly if you have a history of moles. The castor oil treatment is not harmful to your yard or non pests.
This process will kill moles and deter them from coming back. The cost to have Healthy Homes do this is $89 for each run, and the amount of runs is determined at an appointment from the technician. As I said above, it can be up to 10 mounds in a run area, but this can vary and will only be easily determined by an inspection.
The yard treatment is an additional cost that starts at $45 and increases based on yard size. An office staff member can give you a general estimate for services based on the information you provide and a technician can confirm prices at a free inspection.
So what if they aren't mounds, but holes appearing in the yard? What if they also have paths?
This would mean that you have voles. Voles are similar to moles, in that they live in the ground and tunnel. They look different and closer to a mouse.
Voles are particularly vicious to your garden because they eat the root system of plants. Voles have many enemies including cats and dogs.
So if you have a cat that is a mouse hunter, there is a potential chance they could help rid you of this problem.
You can also help prevent vole attraction by keeping the areas beneath bird feeders free of fallen seeds.
Voles have scattered advice on home remedies, and I can honestly tell you the best thing to do is call for help. How we resolve this problem is placing bait boxes, which are sturdy boxes that hold bait in a station for rodents to feed on, near the hole entrances.
When the vole comes up from the tunnel to search for food, it will immediately find the bait. This is a safe poison system. These sturdy bait boxes are child proof and pet proof. Your dog, cat, child, and yourself cannot open these without a key.
The poison we use is a two feeding system. The vole has to have two feedings of poison to die. The reason why a two feeding system works better is in case of a pet locating the dead vole and eating it. With a two feeding system, the vole will not have enough poison to harm any pets.
After placing bait boxes near vole holes, we would then do a castor oil yard treatment as described above in the mole section.
The cost of this process is as follows:
$89 appointment cost
$35 each bait box (average amount for customers is 2-4 boxes)
$45 and up for yard treatment depending on yard.
Call today for more information or to schedule an appointment!