Humane Ways to Chase Gophers and Moles From Your Lawn
If your yard is plagued with crisscrossing mounds of freshly overturned dirt than odds are you have been invaded by gophers and moles. Whether acting alone or forming an Axis of Lawn Destruction these pesky rodents are the bane of many a lawn or garden’s existence. True, you can purchase all manner of poisons to launch an effective counterattack, but what do you do if you want to avoid such extreme measures? Here are some effective remedies that can chase pesky rodents away in a more humane manner. Many of these methods do not even require an extra purchase and can be accomplished with materials you already have at home.
Moles and gophers are very sensitive to noise. So a very effective way to chase them off is by making a racket. Wind chimes and other natural noise makers are a great way to stave off invasions and chase away current occupants. If you want to go further you can even place a radio outside. Some homeowners actually take a portable radio, place it in a plastic bag, and set it down in an area rodents consistently occupy. If you leave the radio on for certain portions of the day you may find that your ground invasion has retreated.
Food is the main reason why gophers and moles will come calling. So if you make your lawn undesirable they will be less likely to pay a visit or stick around. One way to do this is by cutting down their food sources. If you control the amount of lawn insects present in your yard than you cut down on the food gophers and moles eat. You can also reduce the amount of water in your yard. If the soil is dry then moles and gophers will have a harder time digging through it. Remember, only one inch of water a week is necessary to provide proper lawn care. If you overwater your yard the damp earth is more agreeable to rodents that burrow through it.
A humane way of chasing off underground rodents is by using repellents. Repellents can be store bought or concocted at home. Such repellents smell horrible and taste even worse. They are a very effective and non-lethal way to keep your yard free of unwanted pests. Repellents need to be applied at least once a month but are extremely effective. Not only will they chase moles and gophers away they will keep them away. A good homemade repellent is pet waste. Instead of tossing out your cat or dog’s dropping simply place them inside any mole or gopher holes you find. The unattractive smell may be all you need to kiss your rodent problems goodbye.
Some plants are also excellent at chasing unwanted pests away. These plants, like Narcissus, do not taste or smell very well and serve as excellent natural repellents. So when you are planning out your lawn management find some of these plants and place them strategically throughout your yard. If you are lucky they will make your lawn unapproachable.
Another smart way to rid yourself of gophers and moles is by inviting their natural predators to stay in your yard. Owls, for instance, are natural predators for both moles and gophers. If you have an owl in or around your lawn these rodents will be less likely to stick around. You can invite owls to stay in your yard by building nest boxes. Nest boxes, or other means of attracting predators, ensure that such predators will visit your yard frequently. If an owl visits your nest box a few times a week it will be enough to scare moles and gophers away from quite some time.
Author Bio : Sarah works for YourGreenPal and she loves writing about lawns and gardens.