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No one likes to see their yard or garden full of dirt mounds and tunnels. If you discover problems like these running through your home’s lawn, then there is a good chance you have either a mole problem or a vole problem. The destruction these critters cause to your beautifully landscaped yard can be not only frustrating but also expensive.  So what do you do?
 
First, identify the pest:Moles
 
·         Moles can be found throughout North America; however they are more common in the eastern and northwestern portions of the United States. Moles are mistakenly believed to be rodents but in fact are their own family of mammal. Moles have a distinctive long, naked snout, no external ears, and large forelegs that are perfect for digging.

·         VolesVoles are also found throughout North America. There are many different species of voles; only certain species, however, cause significant problems for humans. Many people have voles but mistake them for field mice or deer mice.

There are numerous theories on how to properly rid your backyard of these potentially destructive pests. They range from home remedies like mothballs to chemical repellants like Mole Max Repellent.  Some work better than others:

Home Remedies

Believe it or not, there are a few ways to rid your yard of moles and voles right in your home. Some of these methods include placing chewing gum, mothballs, red pepper, cat hair, or cat litter in their tunnels. They don’t work as well as some other prevention methods but you can give them a try.  

Flooding Tunnels

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Flooding their extensive network of tunnels might seem like a silly suggestion but it actually does work, provided you trap the mole or vole between the oncoming water and a surface hole. The effectiveness of flooding their tunnels also depends on the type of soil you have. Sandy soil tends to soak up the water, while clay soil doesn’t which allows water to travel through more of the tunnels.

Vibration and Noise Devices

High pitched vibration devices help to drive away moles and voles through the use of high-pitched frequencies. Humane, effective, and maintenance-free, vibration and noise devices, like the YardGard Motion Active Ultrasonic Animal Repeller, are found to be a highly effective form of pest control, covering up to 4,000 square feet.

Repellants

There are several repellents designed to deter moles and voles. You can find them in either sprays, like Bonide Mole Max Mole Control Liquid, or granules, like Mole Max Repellent. Many of these repellents are also biodegradable and safe for use in your garden and play areas.

The success rate of these preventive measures vary on the amount of pests inhabiting your yard, the type of soil found in your region and how consistent you are following through on any of these techniques. Only time will tell how successful you are in getting rid of these pests for good.


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