A mountain of a molehill

January 16th, 2013

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 Our garden has been invaded by a mole. I know this because there are molehills everywhere.

According to my research all these molehills will have been made by one single mole. I haven’t done anything about it yet as Corrie isn’t keen on me killing it. And killing it isn’t easy. I’ve tried stuffing some mouse poison down a few of the holes but that was a stupid thing to do as it didn’t work and mouse poison is quite expensive.

I go out every couple of days to scoop up all the soil into a wheelbarrow and dump it onto the vegetable beds; I figure there’s no harm in topping up the beds with some fluffy top-soil. This will also make it easier for the grass to grow around the molehill sites in the spring. So far I’ve dumped about 20 wheelbarrow-loads of molehills into the beds – I reckon that’s about 500KG!

The molehill above is the biggest I’ve ever seen, absolutely massive! That’s me in the picture next to it, to give you an idea of scale.

They’re a bugger though these molehills, so I’m going to try to get some toy windmill things to stick in the mole holes. Apparently the vibrations drive the moles away. There’s an obvious flaw in this plan: our garden is quite big so using this method could simply drive them to another part of the garden. It’s worth trying though.

Anyone got any other suggestions?

Your comments

PA January 16th, 2013 at 16:47

How about his plant that is meant to repel moles?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_lathyris
That would be a good experiment!

PA January 16th, 2013 at 16:47

*this*

Ben January 16th, 2013 at 17:24

Ah! I read about this plant on the RHS. They doubt its value but it might work – what do they know!
http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=203

Rae January 17th, 2013 at 06:14

I tried upturned bottles on the end of sticks last year when we had an invasion of molehills, not sure it worked – I think that I just gave up caring! Other people I know have painstakingly spent hours stuffing smashed bottles down the holes – obviously no kids living there! Neighbours have a sonar thing going all the time – their garden is molehill free….. Maybe Corrie could bake some mole muffins and ask them nicely to sod off!

Sheila January 26th, 2013 at 16:21

Anyone got any other suggestions?
Yes…live with them…they are God’s little field-drainers :)

Sheila January 26th, 2013 at 18:26

me again…the thing they can’t stand is the ULF generated either by baby windmills on top of their hills or bottles buried in the molehills with just their open top showing a couple of centimeters above ground…the wind blows over the bottle top and the ultra low frequencies travel through their runs, making them back their bags, take their offsprings et al. and move on.

Kid’s winmills are very effective and look extremely pretty.
Moles are gorgeous by the way…nature’s problem solvers.

ben January 28th, 2013 at 17:05

Hmm, yes, they’re amazing, but I don’t think I’m quite as enthusiastic as you Sheila!
I’m defo gonna try the windmill thing though.