Today we will see how you can control squirrels or chipmunks, moles or gophers in your garden These critters can wreak havoc on your garden plants So we will see how you can control them Chipmunks or Squirrels are one of the most devastating for your garden They’ll eat you strawberries, they’ll eat your vegetables And before you can get them they’ll be gone! So the product that we will be using today is called MoleMax by Bonide. It’s a pretty good company that manufactures garden products I’ve got my MoleMax from Amazon Now there are two versions of these stakes.
these MoleMax stakes that are available The one that we have here runs on batteries It uses 3 C sized batteries And I got the battery version because I was planning to use them under shade Sometimes like under trees But if you get a lot of sunlight on the area that you are going to use these There is also a solar version that runs just on solar power, no batteries So it might be a better longterm investment So let’s install these batteries As I mentioned it uses 3 C sized batteries.
Which go in that way And when you close the top what happens is These stakes get powered and then they send out some kind of distress signal Which scares the squirrels or digging creatures away That’s the whole principle on what this works It sends out signals distress signals When borrowing creatures are in danger They send out some signs and signals And this device tries to duplicate those signals So let’s set up the other stake as well And close it What you just heard was a distress signal.
And it keeps sending out these signals at regular intervals of time And this makes sure that it keeps all the squirrels chipmunks gophers away from your garden And I’m gonna place these stakes about 30 feet away from each other And that would cover the entire side yard of my garden that I’m planning to protect That’s the area where I have all my strawberry plants and fruit trees And that’s where the squirrels like to come and get them So you got to dig a hole You got to dig a hole enough so that the black portion of the stake goes in.
And the idea of putting the stakes down below the ground is that the signal transmits better in the lower sections of the ground where the borrowing creatures might be hiding So once you’re done just cover up the sides with soil And that’s pretty much what needs to be done These stakes will keep sending out the distress signals And hopefully this should keep the squirrels away So we will be installing the other one about 30 to 35 feet away as I mentioned And the technique is the same just dig a hole.
Deep enough for the stake to go in And you don’t have to dig out the entire soil As you can see you can just push it in and make sure it is covered till the black portion So I think its a good organic way to control squirrels or chipmunks And any other burrowing creatures You’re not using any chemicals here it’s just a stake that sends out sounds So it’s pretty safe And as far as I know it doesn’t affect any other pets or animals And I’ve been using this for a few weeks now And it seems to be doing a good job of keeping.
How to Get Rid of Moles
Hi I’m Tricia an organic gardener. I grow organically for healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Moles are small animals that tunnel in the ground and slurp earthworms and what happens is they disturb the roots of plants and it can kill the plant because the roots will dry out they also can kill lawns and pastures because of their mounds. There are few things to consider before you start trying to control your moles. First make sure you have a mole and not a gopher.
Mole mounds look a little like a volcano. Next, take into account the benefits moles can provide and weight it against the damage that they may cause. Moles help aerate and loosen the soil and they eat large amounts of harmful bugs. White grubs are preferred mole food they also eat among other things, snail and japanese beetle larva if you decide to live with moles you can mitigate damage by tamping down surface runs and shoveling mounds off your lawn before it kills the lawn underneath however if you do you think you need to control the moles.
There are several no kill options available. Gopher baskets can be put in the hole prior to planting you can also install gopher wire along the bottom of any raised bed. You can also create a subterranean fence by burying galvanized gopher wire at least two feet down into the soil the wire should come six inches out of the soil and be bent away from the planting at a ninety degree angle if you leave a foot of wire aboveground this method can be adapted to exclude gophers as well.
If you capture them live they can be relocated to less sensitive areas within your garden. Check out our blog to get ideas on how to make a simple live trap. You can also use repellents like these from chase or liquid fence which will help steer the moles away from sensitive plants. Exclusion, coexistence and relocation may not always be options and in that case the best mole control is trapping. Gopher traps and mole traps are not interchangeable a moles sensitive snout will often detect foreign objects in the tunnel.
And circumvent a gopher trap before it ever gets to the trigger. The most effective traps are scissor jaw, choker or harpoon. And these are the kind of traps that go on top or on the sides of the mole run. To trap moles effectively locate an active runway or one of their deep permanent tunnels to locate an active runway tamp down surface runways and see if they return in twentyfour to fortyeight hours if they do this is an active runway. Moles are often active in an area for a very brief time and then they moved on.
Mole hills are made by a mole pushing soil out from the construction of a deep tunnel probe eighteen inches from a mole mound and about eight to twelve inches down to locate a permanent tunnel. Scissor type traps like this easy mole trap work best in a permanent burrow using a trowel dig out a section of the burrow so you can find the direction of the burrow, backfill it with the loose dirt so that there’s something for the trigger play to rest on, set the traps so the trap jaws straddle the tunnel that you found.
Comeback after two days and check to see if the trap has sprung, if not you’re gonna wanna relocate. Common reasons not to have caught a mole is that the mole abandoned the runway or it was disturbed too much or the mole detected the trap. According to UC Davis and other researchers there are quite a few things that have been tried that just don’t work ultrasonic repellents, scare devices, chewing gum, bleach, human hair, mothballs, gopher purge, broken glass or razor blades just to name a few. Protect your plants.
How to Get Rid of Gophers
Hi I’m Tricia, an organic gardener. I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Gophers can be a serious and frustrating pest and the first step is monitoring. To make sure that you actually do have gophers and not moles, voles or ground squirrels. If you have gopher you’ll see a distinctive crescent or horseshoe shaped mound with a plugged tunnel. In rockier clay soil you may not see a distinctive mound but you will see the.
Hole that’s been filled back in. Once youve verified that you do have gophers you can control with an integrated pest management system. IPM starts with prevention keep the borders of your garden weed free, gophers are a lot less likely to travel in to your garden if there’s no food on the way. The next step is avoidance if you already have gophers in your yard the way you can get them to not eat your plants it’s too lay down gopher wire at the bottom of your beds or.
Plant your plants within gopher baskets. For trees make sure that you only use the fifteen gallon tree basket Unlike the gopher wire or the other baskets, this basket is designed to break down and degrade after just a couple years so that it doesn’t girdle the tree roots along with avoidance you want to suppress the population of gophers and the easiest and most reliable way to do that is with trapping. Trapping is most effective when you can find the main burrow so get a stick or use a tool like this.
Starting at the freshest mound you wanna probe eight to twelve inches from the side of the mound where the plug is the burrow will be located six to twelve inches deep you’ll notice a sudden drop about two inches when you hit the burrow. So first you wanna open up the plug and I like doing that with this Hori Hori weeder and this is where you are going to put the trap. This cinch trap is great for the opening insert the trap six to eight inches into the tunnel.
You can either plug the tunnel again or leave it open. Where you’re located the main borrow open a hole with the Hori Hori. Where going to set two traps down in that burrow. I like these Victor easy set traps. First I’m going to tie a string around the traps so that i can pull it out and check it. The additional traps should be set facing opposite directions in the main burrow. Check your traps in the morning and evening if the traps have not been visited within fortyeight hours move the traps.
Make sure and attach these type of traps to a stake that way you can locate them and remove them easily in addition to trapping you can’t put up barn owl nesting boxes. Barn Owls can help reduce the population over time but they’re not a quick fix and will not a eradicate gophers from any one area. If you have a large area and are willing to take the time, training a terrier to hunt gophers is an effective control. If your gopher problem persists IPM does take it to the next level but these control measures are usually not.
Organic so you have to make the decision how far you want to go to control the gophers. This gopher tool can be used to apply natural poisons deep inside the burrows. never apply natural or any other poisons to the surface of the soil even the teeny tiniest little grain can kill a song bird. Be aware that there’s a good chance of secondary poisoning of an animal that would eat a poisoned gopher such as pets or birds of prey. You can also fumigate with these gopher gases but university research shows that.
They’re not quite as effective because the gophers will close up their tunnel to avoid the gas but there’s no secondary poisoning worries there. Well i’ve told you what you can do to control your gophers. and now I want to tell you what doesn’t work according to UC davis ineffective controls include chewing gum, laxatives, repellents of all kinds, plants like gopher purge and scare devices. Once you’ve solved your gopher problems cleanup all the mounds and come back and monitor to make sure that they haven’t returned. So get your gophers and grow organic for life!.
Home Lawn Pest Control How to Get Rid of Moles in Your Lawn.
Hi, I’m Jim Harmon, with California Pest Management here in California. We’re going to talk a little bit about moles in the landscape and in your yard, and how to stop them. First off, the mole is a very small insect eating creature. They are underneath the grass in the soil swimming through it if you will, and as they burrow they’re pushing the soil up. Now, you will see, on moles, small circular mounds. These conical, circular mounds is where they’ve come up closer to the surface. But, they don’t come out typically, like we.
See with gophers, and forage on the surface. They like to stay below ground at all times. They can’t see very well, but their sense of touch is incredible, and they’re well adapted for literally swimming through the soil. Now, when we’re dealing with the moles biggest problem is control, because they don’t leave an open tunnel that’s verily, easily accessible. Now, if you call a professional be prepared. A mole control program is very extensive, and it takes three, or four, or five visits from the service person. There’s only a few.
New products, but they’re great. Talpirid is one of them if they call it by name. Make sure you get the right competent company to do this. They’re going to be probing and making notes where all the new burrows are then come back the next day after doing all the marking and see if those burrows have been closed back up. If they have then we have activity. They’ll put the bait inside, and that, typically, will knock it out. Make sure though, if you have pets we don’t want the pets getting the moles and chewing on em’,.
Or trying to eat them because it might make them sick. One of the other best ways to get a mole is going to be with a trap. The scissor traps, big, ungainly, and dangerous. They are designed to shish kabob, literally, a mole underground, so they’re under a spring tension and they shoot spikes straight down into the soil when they the mole trips the trigger. If you have children or pets this is definitely not the way to go. So, let’s talk a little bit about one thing you can do. There’s an old home, old remedy of mixing.
Up some Murphy’s Oil Soap, some cayenne pepper, and spraying that all over our ground here. Now, I’ll read you the recipe. The recipe calls for one cup of Murphy’s Oil Soap, with one ounce of Castor Oil, and a quarter cup cayenne pepper, and that’s all in our nice little hose end sprayer. And what we want to do, make sure you wear gloves when you’re handling this stuff, cause’ it is nasty and if you got a cut it will burn, and that’s the idea. We want to spray this all over the turf and really soak it in so that way it.
Soaks deep into the soil. Water it in afterwards really good for at least twenty to thirty minutes with your sprinkler system. You want this to settle down all the way, soak into the soil so as that mole is swimming through the soil he’s going to encounter it, sense it with his whiskers and turn the other way. This is one of the better remedies if you don’t want to use traditional pesticides. The sonic materials they don’t really do a whole heck of a lot. You really need to rely on either a professional, or take your.
Gopher ID 101
We’ve got basically some old gopher activity that’s been run over by the lawn mower and some pretty fresh activity here in this is kind of a perfect example of gophers. The fanshaped mound. Right here you have this hole which has been plugged, you can’t really see it but it’s been plugged inside. sometimes they plug it above the ground, and then this is where he was pushing the dirt out he pushed it from here here here. That’s a gopher mound for sure as you can notice the dirt is very fine textured.
Which is gopher. when its a mole the piles are much more conical and symmetrical and usually find the dirt is chunky because the mole is not breaking up the soil, they’re just heaving it out with brute force. gophers make it all into fine dust and then move it out little by little in a fan and the plug the hole, and in some cases this is all you get you can see that right here it’s very visible although it’s the same general level but that’s all gopher mounds and even here you can hear you can see the plug.
Home Lawn Pest Control How to Get Rid of Moles
Hi, I’m Jim Harmon, California Pest Management, here in Southern California. Now, we’re going to talk a little bit today, about moles, when they get into your planter boxes. We already talked a little bit, about when you get them into the turf. What about when they get in the planter boxes, and they start causing all kinds of damage Well, the moles are going after the insects and the worms. They do sometimes accidentally damage your bulbs, but for the most part, they’re not going to be hurting, they’re going to be turning a lot of the soil,.
Best Way to Get Rid of Gophers
One of the pesky pests that can wreak havoc on your home’s landscape is the gopher. They can dig, burrow and pop up all over the yard in the worst of places. How do you get rid of gophers They can pop up right where you have planted your garden, or perhaps one plows a hole from the ground up right where you have planted a flower bed. Who wants to go around filling in holes, trying to make the yard look beautiful again. Gopher holes, just like a dog digging holes in a yard, can be very unsightly.
Gophers produce tunnels throughout a yard. There are certain products you can buy and use to help make them want to find another location to call home. If you don’t want to go out and buy traps or other products to get rid of gophers, there are also home remedy alternatives as well. You could even make your own gopher repellent out of peppermint oil, castor oil and tabasco sauce. If you are really frustrated with the gophers you can trap them, gas them, poison them, or even drown them. Why not use a gopher snake to eat them up That would be pretty fun.
You could also get a cat, your furry friend would have a blast out there hunting down the gophers. Not that you want them digging up the neighbor’s yard, but it’s time to get the little furry creatures to move on away from your domicile. It’s up to you as to how you want to get rid of them, but there is no sense in just letting them take over a yard. You can always plant some gopher spurge around your yard, it is a plant the gophers really hate. If your yard is less appealing then others, they may just leave.
How to use the Talprid Mole Trap
Moles are pests that can do large amounts of damage to your lawn. Because of this, it’s important to remove them as soon as possible. Talprid Mole Traps are the most effective and efficient way to remove moles. In preparation to setting a Talprid Mole Trap, use a 12” dowel to puncture the mole tunnel and create a small hole. Be careful not to crush the tunnel. Return in 24 hours, and if the hole has been sealed, you can be certain the mole tunnel is currently active. To prepare your Talprid Mole Trap, first use your heel to create a 1 indentation in.
The middle of an active tunnel. Lay your trap perpendicular across the mole tunnel and use the trap jaws to mark the tunnel on each side of the indentation. Then use a lawn edger or flat head shovel to cut and widen 5 slots across the tunnel for easy insertion. To set your Talprid Mole Trap, first insert the trap jaws into the slots you cut across the mole tunnel. Step straight down on the yellow foot pedal, but be careful not to cover the small slot near its base. The pedal may be hard to press, but DO NOT JUMP ON YOUR.
TRAP. Work the foot pedal down until the trap latches and the trigger post comes through the slot. Your trap is now set! You will know when your trap has been triggered by the yellow foot pedal being raised to its original position. You may want to puncture the tunnel 6 away from your trap on both sides with a 12” dowel. If you return in 24 hours and the holes are not sealed and the trap is not triggered, the mole may have abandoned this tunnel. Once you have captured your pest, you can remove the mole from the trap by setting the.