On Sat, 5 Apr 2003 13:37:30 -0500, Chris Haney wrote:
What is it moles feed on and what is used to get rid of them?
Moles are almost entirely carnivorous, although soft vegetation such as
seeds and soft root systems can comprise a small portion of their diet.
Moles do not simply eat whatever they can find. European moles often
"store" worms. They do this by biting the worm on the area that controls
motor activity. Once neutralized, the worms are dragged to a den or
storehouse where up to 20 ˇV 30 worms may be found at any one time.
The best bets for mole removal are traps, poisons or mole repellents.
There are traps designed specifically for killing moles, and they go by
scary names like "scissors mole trap," "choker mole trap" and "harpoon mole
trap." You can also trap moles using a small live-trap, such as is put out
by the Havahart Company. The formula for commercial mole repellents, such
as Mole-Med, is based on castor oil.
When using mole repellents or mole poisons, you must often water the
area where youˇ¦ll be applying them, so that the repellent or poison will
permeate the soil. Water the area well both before and after applying the
repellent or poison, if instructed to do so on the package of the
particular product that you choose. Re-application may be necessary. Seek
alternative mole control options, rather than using these dangerous poisons
or killing traps, especially if you have pets or children.
Several bulb plants are said to repel moles. One is the well-known
daffodil. Two of the others are also classic spring bloomers: Siberian
squill (Scilla siberica) and crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis). The
Allium genus of bulbs including garlic, onions, leeks, chives and shallots
will also repel them. A couple more "living mole repellents" are the mole
plant also called ˇ§caper spurgeˇ¨ (Euphorbia lathyris), and castor bean also
known as castor-oil plant (Ricinus communis).