A question that is commonly asked at garden supply centers each spring is, “What is the best way to get rid of my ground moles?” They are tiny, fur-covered mammals that have bodies shaped like cylinders. They create hazardous tunnels that can completely destroy a lawn’s root system, eventually killing it. They can also create walking hazards. One piece of advice that garden centers give their customers regarding the best way to get rid of my ground moles is that this is a project that takes a lot of patience.

There is no doubt that ground moles are destructive but they also serve a useful ecological purpose. So before gardening experts offer advice on the best way to get rid of my moles they will probably need more information. If there are only a few moles, they can serve the purpose of aerating the soil. They also eat destructive grub worms. Ground moles usually do not stay in the same spot for long periods of time, so sometimes, they will leave of their own accord. When they do not, however, and when they multiply in numbers beyond their helpful capacity, it is time to get rid of them.

Sometimes, a gardener will believe that poison is the best way to get rid of my ground moles. There are a number of reasons why it is not wise to use poison, the least of which is that small children or family pets might get into it. There are natural repellants that the gardener can try. A good home remedy for driving moles away is to mix one ounce of castor oil with one cup of Murphy’s Oil Soap. Add a quarter cup cayenne pepper and three cups of water. Spray the tunnel with the mixture and saturate the ground around the tunnel opening. This works very well. An all-natural flea and tick spray can also be effective. Just make sure not to use one that can harm children or pets.

You can also look online for information about the best way to get rid of my ground moles. It’s been said that they hate skunk lilies, because the lilies’ root system smells like a skunk gland. Planting these around the perimeter of a garden can help deter ground moles. So can adding a gravel barrier. People who work at gardening centers know that when someone asks for the best way to get rid of my ground moles there is more than one answer.