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March 31, 2018 3 min read
Effective Techniques for Controlling Voles and Moles
Keeping moles and voles away isn’t that difficult. Here are some cost effective techniques that work pretty well.
Wire Screening:Best used to protect tree trunks of heights above 18 inches. This works against voles than moles.
Trenching:Basically this involves laying trenches around a garden or yard. However for bigger gardens and yards this might not work.
Wire Cages:Though highly time consuming, wire cages are effective for keeping away voles from bulbs of plants. You can either construct one or just purchase it.
Wire Screen Mesh:This technique is similar to wire screening. This technique involves using a hardware cloth to build a fence around a yard. For this to work, the mesh needs to be buried to a depth of 30 inches, and project to a distance of 6 inches above ground. Due to the heavy labor required, this technique can only be used on a large garden.
Use of Ultrasonic and Vibration Device:What these devices do is to produce pulses at regular intervals. Moles find intermittent pulses discomforting, and will take scurry for safety the instance they feel one.
Killing off grubs:Voles are known to snack on grubs, and grubs are typically found in abundance on gardens. As such, eliminating grubs from a garden is one sure fire way of getting rid of voles. Toxic, damaging chemicals should always be the last resort for dealing with voles – natural alternatives should be your first point of call.
Letting Mother Nature do her work:Mother Nature does help in the fight against voles. Whenever it rains, the activities of garden pests are checkmated. Any careless movement could lead their drowning. So, when everything else fails, let Mother Nature do the needful.
Use of chewing gum:In some quarters, it is believed that chewing gums are effective in the fight against moles. The rationale behind this is that a mole that ingests a chewed gum will end up getting choked and eventually die. However, it should be borne in mind that moles only eat insects, and so anything that doesn’t look like an insect might not attract them in the first place.
Use of Household Chemicals
In some places, household chemicals are used for deterring voles are moles. For now, their effectiveness is debatable. Like every other chemical pesticides, household chemicals pose health hazards. Not only that, they also affect the environment adversely. So, it is best to steer clear from them.
Common household chemical used for deterring moles and voles include chlorine beach and ammonia. The best point of application is at entry points of their burrow. Better still, get a dry cloth and soak it in the ammonia solution, then place the cloth on holes along their burrowed tunnel.
If chlorine bleach or ammonia solution is beyond your reach, use mothballs or moth flakes instead.
If there is nothing attracting them, voles will have no business with your garden. Voles like it on gardens and yards with huge pile of grass and loads of mulch. Take out the mulch, do away with piles of leaves away from your yard and voles won’t have a reason to come around.
Releasing kitty litter against voles
It is believed that kitty litter sprinkled on a yard or lawn infested with moles is effective. Well, in truth no one knows for sure how true this assertion is. Even if it is, finding the right tunnels where moles hide is a task that is wearisome, thus making this technique somewhat ineffective.
Use of Natural Repellents
Killing off voles is counter intuitive because they help keep the natural food chain balanced. As such it is better to keep them away. To this end, using a repellent made entirely of natural ingredients is the best thing to do. There are lots of natural voles repellent out there in the market, but if you are having trouble finding one go for Nature Mace vole repellent. It is cheap, cost effective and safe. Even better, there is no need for frequent reapplication with Nature Mace vole repellent.
Unlike some other natural repellent, this Nature Mace vole repellent doesn’t give off an offensive odor.
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