Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.
While you might not be able to totally prevent moles from moving in and digging in your yard, there are some things you can do that can help lessen the chance of moles and mole damage.
Get Rid of What Moles Eat
If you can work to control the insects moles eat in your turf, especially before moles are ever present, you will create a less-desirable environment for the moles, and they are less likely to hang around or choose your yard for food in the first place.
Since moles eat both beneficial insects (like earthworms) and destructive insects (like white grubs) it can be tough to make your soil free of insects for moles to eat.
However, controlling white grubs could potentially make a difference in preventing potential moles and could potentially make moles move on to a new area and leave your yard. See our White Grub Control Guide to learn how to get rid of white grubs.
Animal repellents contain ingredients that are unpleasant to the target animals. They use touch, taste, or smell to repel animals from a treated area. Mole repellents contain ingredients like castor oil and garlic oil that smell and taste bad to moles, which will cause them to be less interested in living and foraging in your yard.
These products work best when you begin use of these products before you even have a mole problem.
This way, the moles perceive your yard as a less-than-ideal place for them to live, which is easier than trying to convince them to leave.
It is very important to follow the directions carefully and thoroughly, because repellents require reapplication at regular intervals to keep them working effectively.