Moles can wreak havoc on an otherwise gorgeous lawn. Here’s our favorite tried and true DIY mole repellent recipe for getting rid of those pesky hole digging beasts!
It’s important to keep in mind that moles don’t hibernate over the winter. Which means that it is vital to have an efficient mole repellent if you don’t want a big surprise when spring arrives.
If you look at commercial mole and vole repellent blends, you’ll note that the main ingredient is actually castor oil. Castor Oil works by making the food source and environment of burrowing moles and voles smell and taste highly unpleasant. This assault on their acute senses causes moles and voles to leave the treated area in search of a more suitable habitat.
DIY: Mole Repellent
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.
How to Prevent Moles from Coming Back
To prevent moles from coming back, you’ll need to remove their major food source which is usually grub worms.
To permanently remove grub worms, apply milky spore to the affected areas each spring, summer and fall for at least 2 years in a row.
Milky Spore is a naturally occurring microscopic bacteria (Bacillus popilliae) that kills Japanese beetle grubs before they can grow into ravenous adults. It’s a long-term solution because it survives winter temperatures.
The Milky Spore population increases each year, reaching peak effectiveness about three years after application, and lasts ten years or more.
Benefits of milky spore
Features & Benefits:
- 10 oz. Box can treat up to 2,500 square feet.
- Targets Japanese Beetle grubs feeding on roots.
- Naturally occurring bacteria Bacillus popillae.
- Kills grubs within 7-21 days while releasing even more spores.
- Developed by the USDA and approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
- Lasts several years and repopulates itself, lasting 10 years or more
In short, apply the castor oil treatment to your lawn today for an instant DIY mole repellent, then apply some Milky spore to remove their food source for an effective permanent, affordable solution.