Moles, Voles, and the Resulting Holes: How to Deal With Landscape Pests

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Moles, Voles, and the Resulting Holes: How to Deal With Landscape Pests | The Experienced Gardener

At what point did our society decide that mice were acceptable rodents? Was it when Mickey Mouse was first created? Because despite how much we hate virtually all other rodents (rats, moles, voles, gophers), mice seem to be fine with us. We turn them into maniacal evil geniuses or keep them as pets. Sure, people still hate to see a mouse in the kitchen, but if you saw one at the pet store? You’d probably think it was pretty cute.

What a contrast that is to other rodents, especially the ones we find in our landscape. We definitely don’t view gophers or moles as cute, and most customers want us to eliminate these critters from their lawn. If you’re interested in doing the same, here are some tips for dealing with landscape pests on your own:

  • The Old-Fashioned Way: a Hose and a Shovel

This method is not for the faint of heart, but I promise you it’s quite common. Whenever you find a gopher hole in the yard, there’s likely a tunnel connecting that hole to another nearby hole in the grass (or possibly multiple holes). So basically, we’re going to use that information to play whack-a-mole in real life. 

Turn on the hose and stick it deep down one of the holes, flooding the tunnel below. You should force the little furball to stick his head out from a different hole – and guess what we do next? Yup, you’re going to whack that mole with the shovel, committing furball homicide. Dark, right? But it’ll definitely work.

  • And If I Don’t Want to Commit Cold-Blooded Rodent Murder?

I don’t blame you, and don’t worry; we have options. Another great tactic is to utilize gopher repellant. You can purchase it from your local home improvement store, and it’s perfectly safe to use on your lawn. Simply sprinkle it around trees, bushes, plants and grass to keep rodents away for weeks at a time.

If you find repellant ineffective or want a quicker fix, you can always contact a professional gardening service. Landscape critters are a fairly common occurrence, which means most gardeners can handle this problem with ease. And if you need help finding a reliable gardener, we know a great company.

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