• DIY: Mole Repellent

    Moles can wreak havoc on an otherwise gorgeous lawn. Here's our favorite tried and true recipe for getting rid of those pesky hole digging beasts!

    You'll Need:
    1/4 cup castor oil
    6 tablespoons water
    2 tablespoons liquid detergent (We use Dawn)

    Combine all ingredients in blender until consistency of whipped cream.

    To Use: Add 2 Tablespoons of repellent to a regular garden watering can and then fill with warm water. Thoroughly water over areas of greatest damage.

    For best results apply after a rain or a thorough watering.

       January 30th
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. HerbLady's Avatar
      HerbLady -
      When you have moles tunneling in your yard they are usually after white grubs. Destroy the grubs and the moles move away. This is a case of spending more to get better value. I recommend Milky Spore is a bacteria that specifically goes after white grubs but is harmless to people and other animals. The value to this is it does not poison the environment AND the effects of one application last 15-25 years.

      Shop around, I know you can get it off of Amazon.
    1. jrodgers's Avatar
      jrodgers -
      Sounds like great ideas for repelling moles! I'll have to go find some castor oil and try the first remedy, because I think we are too far into the cold season to apply milky spore right now. In the Spring I'll try Milky Spore for a more lasting recipe. Thanks!
    1. BJanT's Avatar
      BJanT -
      I will try both and get back to you all. The moles are destroying my yard.
    1. aahkansas's Avatar
      aahkansas -
      I just used a mole trap caught that little sucker in 1 day! One little mole tore up my whole yard!!
    1. bahay2475's Avatar
      bahay2475 -


      Thanks for the recipe, its getting warmer out and this is the first thing i'm gonna do in the process of restoring my lawn. Hopefully it will drive the tiny little pest away from my yard.





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    1. wendylou's Avatar
      wendylou -
      What is milky spore- my daughter and son in law have a big problem with moles
    1. BellyJean's Avatar
      BellyJean -
      Quote Originally Posted by wendylou View Post
      What is milky spore- my daughter and son in law have a big problem with moles
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      Milky spore is an organic product that you can buy to kill the grubs in your lawn and soil which in turn will make the moles leave. The only reason you have moles is because you have their favorite food living in your lawn. If you kill the japanese beetle (the grub stage) the moles will go away permanently.
    1. SCGardenGirl's Avatar
      SCGardenGirl -
      In my backyard area I have tons of holes, some are really deep and others aren't. I was told snakes make these holes. Could that be true? or is this a family of moles digging these aggravating things? I know my neighbor says her cats kill moles in her yard so they have to be in our neighborhood. The snake issue scares me as I'm highly phobic. Thanks for your help.
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by SCGardenGirl View Post
      In my backyard area I have tons of holes, some are really deep and others aren't. I was told snakes make these holes. Could that be true? or is this a family of moles digging these aggravating things? I know my neighbor says her cats kill moles in her yard so they have to be in our neighborhood. The snake issue scares me as I'm highly phobic. Thanks for your help.

      Actually if you're in SC, chances are they're ground spiders. They make little "trapdoor" holes to catch prey.
    1. bfarr97's Avatar
      bfarr97 -
      We have suffered with moles for 2 or 3 years, now. Our once beautiful lawn is really a mess. I am going to try both of these ideas. It is now August...will it do any good to use Milky Spore now? Or should I wait for Spring?
    1. MichChef's Avatar
      MichChef -
      Quote Originally Posted by HerbLady View Post
      When you have moles tunneling in your yard they are usually after white grubs. Destroy the grubs and the moles move away. This is a case of spending more to get better value. I recommend Milky Spore is a bacteria that specifically goes after white grubs but is harmless to people and other animals. The value to this is it does not poison the environment AND the effects of one application last 15-25 years.

      Shop around, I know you can get it off of Amazon.
      I almost spent the money for milky spore bacteria one year, but checked with my local Master Gardeners first. I'm glad I did as I was informed that it rarely lasts for more than one season in our northern climate.
    1. S56834210's Avatar
      S56834210 -
      We are going to try both and find out if it works. We bought a Mole Trap and what a waste of money. Will inform our neighbor as she has the same problem. Have to do something as they are truly destroying our yard. Thanks for the info, and will let you know the results.
    1. beck5711's Avatar
      beck5711 -
      Hello.... has anyone else tried, and found these things worked? My moles have become a bad thorn in my side!!We bought the whirlygig sort of things, and placed 2 in what we call our field in front of our home. The did leave that area.. but... they moved into our yard!! I understand they are after the grubs, and maybe the constant vibrations of the whirlygigs, just moved them further away? We also tried the traps to no avail! I like both these remedies because I try not to use chemicals. I'll try the castor oil remedy/recipe now. Sure hope it works! Thanks!!
    1. Stormie's Avatar
      Stormie -
      Thanks for the tips on getting rid of moles. The moles have taken over in our yard and its time they MOVE OUT! Thanks Again!
    1. McSurf's Avatar
      McSurf -
      The condo we bought had moles this fall...going to use this home remedy for sure and let you know the results!
    1. vasoule's Avatar
      vasoule -
      Beware that moles have babies in April so try to get rid of the offenders before then our you'll have many more to kill.
    1. Fireplug's Avatar
      Fireplug -
      How does this mole repellant using castor oil and detergent supposed to work to get rid of moles anyway? I'm rather curious. Do you just pour it on the mound they push up from their tunnels?
    1. Mrsgator's Avatar
      Mrsgator -
      Quote Originally Posted by HerbLady View Post
      When you have moles tunneling in your yard they are usually after white grubs. Destroy the grubs and the moles move away. This is a case of spending more to get better value. I recommend Milky Spore is a bacteria that specifically goes after white grubs but is harmless to people and other animals. The value to this is it does not poison the environment AND the effects of one application last 15-25 years.

      Shop around, I know you can get it off of Amazon.
      Moles do not only eat grubs, so getting rid of grubs does not garuntee getting rid of the moles!
    1. katpet's Avatar
      katpet -
      I have found the best mole or vole repellent is to put peppermint essential oil on a bit of cotton and put it in in one of the mounds. I had tried every tip imaginable to no avail. But, they hate that peppermint. You can also use peppermint oil that you can get from your pharmacist or at Hobby Lobby in the candy/cake decorating department. I would really like to use milky spore but the price is a bit steep for my budget right now.
    1. LoriLP's Avatar
      LoriLP -
      Quote Originally Posted by HerbLady View Post
      When you have moles tunneling in your yard they are usually after white grubs. Destroy the grubs and the moles move away. This is a case of spending more to get better value. I recommend Milky Spore is a bacteria that specifically goes after white grubs but is harmless to people and other animals. The value to this is it does not poison the environment AND the effects of one application last 15-25 years.

      Shop around, I know you can get it off of Amazon.
      Awesome, thanks for the tip. I not only have mole issues, but wild pig issue. They too are coming in for the grubs. Work for garden too? I'm guessing yes and can be tilled in when I do spring tilling.


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