If you are having problems with moles (or other small animals) try using this formula to drive them out of your yard:
- 1/4 cup castor oil
- 2 Tablespoons of liquid detergent soap
Blend the two together in a blender. This is the only way they will mix properly. (I have a separate mixer for garden formulas and crafting needs)
Add 6 Tablespoons water, and then blend again
Store this mix in a container till needed.
When you are ready to apply the solution to the area where the moles are active:
Mix 2 tablespoons of the solution into 1 gallon of water. Pour it into the problem area (all over the affected area, not just down the holes).
I have found that growing castor bean plants will drive moles off my land. They say that one plant will protect a two-acre area. They are beautiful plants and fun to grow but they have one major drawback for some people. They are highly poisonous!
If you have children I recommend you do not grow them.
I myself have never had a problem with kids getting into them or pets. I do grow them in a cute arty fence for added protection.
Tip: Castor beans need a long planting season so I either knick the seed or soak it to get it going quicker and I usually start them indoors and set out as transplants.
One other tip:
Moles are not supposed to like vibrations. Many people will put up the little wind spinners. It supposedly makes a vibration in the ground and will keep them away from certain areas.
I have had great success using the liquid mixture or castor bean plants to control the moles on my property.