• Crafts

    Crafts

  • Do it Yourself

    Do it Yourself

  • Gardening and Landscaping

    Gardening

  • Frugal Living Articles

    Frugal Living

  • Gift Ideas

    Gift Ideas

  • Frugal Holidays & Decor

    Holidays

  • Make your own Mixes

    Mixes

  • Money Matters

    Money Matters

  • Recipes

    Recipes

  • Tips and Tricks for Frugal Living

    Tips-n-Tricks

  • Contact Us

    Contact Us

    • DIY: Mole Repellent

      Make your own Mole RepellentMoles 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
      We love to see when you like and share our hard work, but ask that you please follow just a few guidelines.. Use one photo of the finished product on your site and provide a link back to my original post. If you feature a photo from my post, it may not be accompanied by the project/recipe tutorial, whether in my own words as it originally appeared or paraphrased. Always feel free to share photos and links on Pinterest, as it will route back to the original post. Budget101.com is protected under copyright laws. If you any questions or would like to notify me that youíre sharing a post, please email me at liss @ budget101.com
      Comments 23 Comments
      1. HerbLady's Avatar
        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
        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
        I will try both and get back to you all. The moles are destroying my yard.
      1. aahkansas's Avatar
        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


        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.





        Today is a new beginning, another day to give thanks and praise.
      1. wendylou's Avatar
        What is milky spore- my daughter and son in law have a big problem with moles
      1. BellyJean's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by wendylou View Post
        What is milky spore- my daughter and son in law have a big problem with moles
        Attachment 6748
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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.

      FYI- Login to CommentHave something you'd like to add? Register & Login to add your own comments, thoughts, questions or suggestions.

      As always, Registration is Free!





    • Google+ Pinterest Twitter youtube Facebook

      More Gardening Ideas:

      anniemdaffodils

      Re: Weed killer

      If you are trying to get rid of weeds in an area, and not just single weeds. one way is to wet the area and then put heavy duty clear plastic over it. Weight it down with rocks, bricks, or whatever....

      anniemdaffodils 08-28-2014 11:30 PM Go to last post
      Vampixen

      B101 Challenge: Foods Thatíll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

      You can Re grow apples..Just plant the whole apple in the grown also you can do lemons and Limes

      Vampixen 08-25-2014 03:43 PM Go to last post
      rebeccab

      Re: Dispose of Garden Slugs Without the Use of Pesticides

      Oh, this is well worth trying.

      rebeccab 08-22-2014 10:15 AM Go to last post
      Supermario

      Re: Dispose of Garden Slugs Without the Use of Pesticides

      We use old coffee grind we spread it all over the yard and sometimes we Mix it with water slugs and snails don't like that

      Supermario 08-09-2014 10:07 AM Go to last post
      Givenough

      Re: Bamboo

      the bamboo barrier you desire will BECOME your lawn.. I would really suggest picking another plant.

      Givenough 08-07-2014 01:26 AM Go to last post

    (C) Melissa 'Liss' Burnell & Budget101.com 1995-2014
    Material from www.Budget101.com may not be copied or distributed, or republished, uploaded, posted, or transmitted in any way, without the prior written consent of Budget101.com, EXCEPT: you may print recipe pages for your personal, non-commercial home use only, provided you do not delete or change any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices. Modification or use of the materials for any other purpose violates Budget101.com's intellectual property rights.
    Site Design is Created from a Modified Style Originally Created by Miner Skinz

    Complete Frugal Living Resource ©