MOLE!

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bonniethomas06
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MOLE!

Post: #279423 bonniethomas06
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:53 am

I went to the allotment on Sunday night, only to find that in my newly sowed carrot and beetroot bed, a bloody pesky mole has dug the whole patch up! :angryfire:

Does anyone know how to deter moles? I don't want to kill it, just to send it off to someone else's patch.

Thanks in advance :)
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Re: MOLE!

Post: #279425 Odsox
Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:23 am

Vibrations are supposed to stop them, although I've never tested it. That's one pest we don't have in Ireland, them and snakes.
I seem to remember things like child's windmills stuck in the ground, or anything that makes a noise. Also prickly holly leaves placed in their runs tend to make them think again. Anything like that as there are loads of other places it could go if it gets too inhospitable on your plot.
Just don't let on to your neighbours how to send them back. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: MOLE!

Post: #279428 doofaloofa
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:17 pm

My friend's dad (WW2 Para) would wait inthe garden with his shot gun untill he spotted a mole hill starting

He then proceded to empty a barrel intothe hill
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Re: MOLE!

Post: #279436 bonniethomas06
Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:28 pm

Thanks, will try the windmills if I can find them cheaply. Not sure about the shotgun, bit busy as I work full time!

I did some research and apparently wine bottles poked into holes work too - vibration of wind over the mouth of the bottle. Got to be worth a try and god knows I have enough empty wine bottles...
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Re: MOLE!

Post: #279455 MKG
Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:00 pm

Or you could try simply speaking sternly to them. Or reading aloud something like Dante's Inferno, which is enough to make anything move out of the neighbourhood.

Personally (how else?), I think having a mole would be worth the sacrifice of a few plants. Gorgeous animals (yeah, I know - they're a pain in the arse).

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Re: MOLE!

Post: #279459 doofaloofa
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:17 am

MKG wrote:Or you could try simply setting the frogs on them

Personally (how else?), I think having a mole would be worth the sacrifice of a few plants. Gorgeous animals (yeah, I know - they're a pain in the arse).

Mike


@Bonnie Dont foget the wine bottles when you strim/lawn mower!
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