What Are My Options for Dealing with Rodents in My Yard

Posted on Jan 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

What Are My Options for Dealing with Rodents in My Yard | The Experienced Gardener

Rodents can quickly destroy a beautiful yard. They can leave mounds of dirt all over your lawn and create raised tunnels. As they burrow through your yard they damage the root systems of your grass and create soft spots. Many homeowners dread seeing evidence of rodent activity because these pests can cause damage at an alarming rate. If you develop a rodent problem you need to deal with it as quickly as possible in order to minimize the damage to your lawn. Options for dealing with rodents in your yard include traps, poison, and professional intervention.


There are a number of different mole, vole, and gopher traps available on the market. If you search the topic on YouTube you will find that people have come up with a lot of creative ways to try and deal with these rodents. If you are considering trying to trap the pests in your yard on your own it will take a little research to figure out what type of trap you want to use. Some of the traps require that you find a fresh mound and then dig until you find the area where two tunnels intersect. Once you find that spot you set the trap and hope that the rodent makes its way back through that intersection soon. These types of traps are definitely capable of catching and killing rodents as long as you know how to place and set the traps correctly. There are a number of other examples of traps designed to catch rodents in your yard. In order to be successful you need to make sure that you understand how to use the specific type of trap you choose.


Poison is another option for getting rid of rodents in your yard. There are a number of theories about DIY tricks you can try that will poison these pests. If you want to go with a more practical option you can visit your local hardware store and get commercially made poison designed for rodents. As with the traps, there is a specific way to place the poison to ensure that the rodents get to it. You will not have to deal with cleaning out traps if you go with poison but it will be more difficult to know if the method is working.

Professional Intervention

There is a lot of room for error when you try to trap or poison rodents in your yard. If you do not have previous experience or professional training you may find that it is a frustrating process. You can always bring in professional help if you are unable to successfully eradicate rodents from your lawn. The professionals will likely employ a combination of methods to quickly and effectively rid your yard of rodents.

Take action at the first sign of rodent activity in your yard. These pests can cause serious damage to an otherwise healthy lawn so it is important not to waste time. Professional intervention will likely be the most effective option but if you want to try dealing with them on your own, make sure you learn how to properly apply the method you choose

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