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So you have a mole problem - or at least, you think you do. You have unsightly holes and tunnels throughout your yard, and your beautiful landscape is suffering. A quick Google search tells you everything you need to do to get rid of moles once and for all. Right? WRONG! The unfortunate truth is that home remedies do not work, and they can damage your yard even further. Before you attempt a “do it yourself” home remedy for mole removal, there are a few facts you need to know.
Do You Actually Have Moles?
Many homeowners simply assume they have moles when they notice mounds of dirt and unsightly holes in their yard. Yet in the Pacific Northwest, there could be numerous creatures creating havoc on your property. Voles, rates, and shrews can create similar damage and are often confused for moles, especially to the untrained eye. It is imperative that you contact an experienced mole extermination team if you believe you have a mole infestation. Our team will help you identify the problem in your yard and solve it. That’s why we are one of Seattle’s most premier mole exterminators.
Don’t Attempt these at Home
Unfortunately, many homeowners attempt to solve their mole problem on their own. Mole removal home remedies are not only a waste of time, they are also potentially more damaging to your home and property.
The Gum SolutionOne popular online home remedy is the gum solution. The Internet claims that you can break up pieces of gum and place them near the mole holes. The idea is that the moles will eat the gum and then die due to digestive problems is untrue. Moles are actually omnivores and eat mostly earthworms. They will not eat gum.
The Flood SolutionAnother popular claim is the flood solution. This solution is to run a hose down mole holes to drown them out. It won’t work. Moles are excellent swimmers and have multi-level tunnels that can be easily blocked off. This will not solve your mole problem.
The Chemical SolutionAnother solution on the Internet claims that you can get rid of moles by using bleach, ammonia, or other chemicals to block the mole’s sense of smell. If the mole can’t find food because of the chemical smell, the mole will be forced to evacuate. WRONG. Moles can plug any hole or tunnel in a matter of seconds. It may abandon that tunnel and simply create new tunnels to find food.
The Car Exhaust SolutionAnother DIY remedy for moles claims that if you use a plastic tube to pump car exhaust into the mole tunnels, it will kill the mole. Unfortunately, moles live in a low oxygen environment already and can plug their tunnels from car exhaust in just seconds.
The Fire SolutionSome Internet sources suggest plugging holes with kerosene or gasoline and then lighting them on fire. Moles can dig quickly and fast and will just dig deeper tunnels to escape the heat. In addition, fires can be difficult to control leading to a greater risk of further damage to your yard and your home.
The Bottom Line
Save yourself the time and the aggravation and avoid home remedies altogether. When it comes to mole removal, it is best to let a team of professional mole exterminators handle the job. At the Mole Patrol, we thoroughly walk and search your property to identify your problem accurately. We then tackle that problem with a proven method designed to achieve favorable results quickly.
Think You have a Mole Problem? We Can Help!
Moles are difficult to control in the Pacific Northwest, and home remedies won’t do the trick. If you are dealing with a mole infestation in Seattle, Bellevue, Woodinville, Sammamish, Kirkland, or Redmond, call the Mole Patrol at 425.744.0371 or fill out our Request for Service form to get started with one of our Seattle area mole exterminators.