How are mass and mole connected?
Sometimes it seems to be faster than sound: within a few hours, a dozen mounds of earth pop out of nowhere on the previously manicured, green lawn. And that's not only a visual problem, it can also be dangerous. Molehills are one of the biggest annoyances for gardeners. We'll tell you what you can do about a mole in the garden.
Prohibited: kill mole
Yes, you would like to strangle it yourself occasionally, but: Don't kill the mole - even if its digging really annoys you!The animal is under species protection, and anyone caught stealing the life of a mole risks a heavy fine (up to 50,000 euros!). You are also not allowed to hunt, catch, or injure him. This also includes the use of a live trap such as the well-known bucket with smooth walls, from which the mole cannot free itself. The risk of injury to the insect eater is too great - and it could also starve to death if it is not noticed in good time. Exceptions to the killing of a mole are only given by the nature conservation authority if the animal causes too much damage, such as undermining a dike.
Expel: The Choice of Means
So all that remains is to drive them away. A distinction must be made here:
For one, you canwith technical aids try to get rid of the mole. For another, it's worth it, tooproven home remedies try out, which interfere with the fur animal's sense of smell or hearing.
What you use depends on the following factors:
- the size of your garden
- Your budget
- the intensity of the dig (maybe two moles are also involved)
- Your environment around the garden.
Because the last point should be noted: Since the mole reacts very strongly to unpleasant odors, you should be considerate of your neighborhood when using intensely smelling home remedies over a longer period of time.
Why is the mole bothering you in the garden?
Actually, the Talpa europaea is a useful animal: It eats snails and worms (especially grubs) that otherwise tamper with your plants. With his extensive excavations he loosens the soil - where a mole feels at home, you can also get onegood soil quality go out.
But when there is hill after hill, the lawn becomes a trip hazard and you can no longer get through with the lawnmower, then you want to get rid of the mole. Particularly large hills are created over its winter quarters so that it is frost-proof underground.It becomes annoying and dangerous when it undermines paved paths or the terrace and thereby endangers the stability of the structure. The fact that earth is thrown on the terrace or the flower bulbs are torn out of the earth is the smallest evil.
Important to know: Although the mole bothers by digging in the garden, it does not eat the roots or tubers of your plants in the garden.
Vole or mole - how do you tell them apart?
The mole still has “competition” when it comes to combing through your lawn: The vole also creates underground passages and shovels up heaps of earth. Most of all, she loves the juicy roots of fruit trees! Butit is not protectedthat means it can be caught (for example with a mousetrap or a neighbor's cat).
If you want to know whether a mole or voles have settled in your garden, you should check them outLook closely at the pile of earth: If they are covered with grass and plant debris, it is a mouse, since the mole is a carnivore.
Also the"Verühlprobe"is quite reliable: Open an approximately 30 cm long corridor under a hill - if it is locked again within a few hours, the mouse was at work because it is intent on locking the corridors. If it stays open, a mole will dig in your garden.
Fighting the mole - that's how it works
Mole defense with technical solutions
If you are planning to rebuild your garden, this is definitely a point to have on your list.
We would be happy to explain to you in detail what else you need to consider when planning your garden.
Mole net and mole screen
An effective mole barrier can be a mole net or mole screen, which is laid under the lawn.It is particularly suitable for turf turf, but can also be laid under the seed. The experiences with the net or the grid are quite different: While some users find it helpful, it does not work well for other garden owners.
This is mainly due tocheap copycat productsthat are offered in (online) retail. With these mole nets or mole grids, the corresponding dimensions are not taken into account - the meshes are too large (moles slip through) or too narrow (the roots of the plants above cannot penetrate) - or the wrong material is used, which is the most stressful does not hold up.
A good quality mole screen proves to be the most effective method in useto keep the little insect eater away. Such an investment is particularly worthwhile with large gardens: you have to reckon with a larger one-off sum, but you have driven the troublemaker out of the garden for at least 10 years.
You should calculate For example, for 100 square meters of space with around 400 euros for the grille in its standard version. In addition, of course, there are the costs for the new lawn and additional expenses such as renting a lawn roller or special lawn fertilizer. The grid is also available to roll out. It is placed about 5 cm deep and covered with a thick layer of topsoil. The lawn comes on top. Maintaining depth is important when planning to scarify the breeds.
Sounds complex - and it is. Here you can get support from the landscape gardener, who saves a lot of time with manpower and the appropriate tools in order to quickly create a well-tended lawn again.
Due to their success, such grids are also preferred in public parks, sports fields or lawns in zoos. And if you have concerns about mowing the lawn: Even a robot lawn mower can cope with a quality grille.
Therefore, pay attention to the high quality of such a mole barrierand if in doubt, ask experts for advice. After all, a completely new lawn costs a lot, and you want to enjoy your investment for a long time.
Vibration devices and noise
Other technical devices that work with vibration or noise are also said to successfully drive moles out of the garden. They are stuck into the lawn with a point andgenerate a beeping, ultra-sound or vibration at regular intervalsthat spreads underground. Moles are sensitive to loud noises, which is why they are used to suppress the animals.
Here, too, we have found that this only helps partially. Depending on the model, the devices only last a short time. Usually they have a range of approx. 250 square meters, but in a better version they cost at least 130 euros per piece. In a large garden it can quickly become costly. However, not all moles seem to find the vibration or noise devices annoying, which is whynot always the desired successadjusts.
Take action against the mole with home remedies
In the case of smaller gardens and only an occasional occurrence of moles, you could first try to drive them away with home remedies that irritate the extremely fine nose of Talpa europaea.
- Butyric acid
- Tea tree oil
- Ferret droppings (similar to the polecat, one of the mole's enemies)
A cloth is soaked with the essence or the brew and placed in the exits of the underground building. An entrance remains free through which the mole can escape.
You are welcome to try such an inexpensive way of fighting, but defeating the mole is usually only short-lived. And as mentioned: Your surroundings are affected by the smells, which are sometimes unpleasant for humans.
If you really want a mole-free garden in the long term, only a high-quality mole screen will helpwhich is installed under the lawn. The fastest way to do this is to work with professionals, because of course the grille has to be laid without gaps and at an appropriate depth, which means a lot of work. You can try old home remedies such as cloths soaked in butyric acid as an alternative to fighting the mole - but there is no guarantee of success. You should know that you are not allowed to kill the mole or trap it with a trap because it is a protected species. So iskeeping away or driving away the only optionto avoid annoying molehills in the garden.
Have you been successful in driving the mole out of your garden and tips for other garden owners? Please just comment. If you wish, we will be happy to provide you with information on how to get rid of the mole in the long term.
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