Have you ever known about Moles? Yes, these are among the mostly complained animals that destroy lands and gardens in many parts of the country. They are insectivores that dig burrows and underground interconnecting tunnels in the areas where there are humus lands and moist soil. In such areas where they like to dwell are also the areas where people need to cover for vegetation. There can be ways for vegetation and moles to coexist but there is a small percentage that neither of them will be damaged.
There are various ways that people propose to eliminate moles from a certain area. One of these ways is by using repellents. There are things that work on and there are those that don’t. Maybe there is no single successful way to eliminate moles in the first place. Maybe people should use a combination of these methods to make the objective successful.
Know moles first before repelling them
You won’t be able to repel something that you don’t know about. First, you need to understand moles – their behaviors, diet, and habitat. By knowing these things, you will be able to think which repellant can be used.
• Behavior of moles.Moles are solitary animals. You may see series of interconnecting tunnels but at the end of each tunnel is a burrow that houses a single mole. This means that you cannot put one repellant in one burrow and sit back, knowing that you have done your job. There can be several moles in those tunnels. They may come across with each other but they don’t live together in a single burrow.
• Diets of Birmingham moles. As it was mentioned before, moles are insectivores, meaning they feed on insects and worms. This is why some chemical repellants don’t work on them – because they won’t it those things especially when they have stinky odor.
• Moles have sensitive sense of smell. Most of the repellants available are chemical based – and they don’t smell good for Alabama moles. Once these repellants are placed in the burrows, moles would just ignore it and look for another place to dwell into.
• Timing for Birmingham mole repellants.Repelling moles has to be in perfect timing. You must put the repellant before the mole comes to the burrow and gets feed on the worms. As mole approaches the area where the repellant is placed, it can smell the repellant and won’t go near. When repellants are constantly placed, it will be harder for the mole to come back, although it is not actually proven.
Home remedies as mole repellents
There are several home remedies which are believed to help in solving mole problems. Most of these remedies are found in the kitchen, housewares and some Do-It-Yourself stuff. Although many households have suggested these methods, there is still a need for study to verify the effectivity and efficiency of these steps. Pest control and management, particularly in the case of moles require collective effort from both the household that experience mole problem and the people in the neighborhood. It may come to the point that the captured mole from one house will be brought to another yard nearby. This will just worsen the case as the mole can create another tunnel from one yard to another.
Castor oil and mothballs
Among the commercially available and home remedies that are used to repel moles are castor oil and mothballs. These home remedies emit putrid smell that moles cannot stand. Soak a piece of rag on castor oil and put it inside the burrows where the moles are located. Make sure that the rag is placed before the mole gets into the burrow or tunnel. Castor oil is said to be effective in repelling eastern moles while there is no specific study on its effect in other species of moles.
Other home remedies
Aside from stinky repellants, some households deter moles by pissing them off such as putting foreign objects in the burrows. Some put razor blades, human hair, and broken glassesinside the burrows. This will irritate the mole, thus causing it to speed away. On the other hand, broken glasses can be dangerous to human beings that might walk on the burrowed land after the mole is gone.
Why home remedies are not effective at all times?
While all these home remedies are suggested by households that experience mole problems in their land. On the other hand, repellents work only to remove moles from one location to another by preventing them to enter in the area where the repellant is currently in place. Once the repellant is removed, there is a huge possibility that the mole will come back, especially when your land has moist soil where earthworms are common.
One home remedy might not work effectively in household mole problems, depending on the size of the land infested by moles. It takes a combination of techniques to get rid of Alabama moles. If all these measures fail, it is still best to call for a professional pest control service to do the job.
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