The fight against moles in the suburban area: an overview of some humane ways
We all love animals and are moved by them at the zoo or on TV. But as soon as some animal or bird begins to encroach on our own site, we declare war on him. Most often, summer residents "howl" with starlings, destroying cherries and cherries, and moles, who have the imprudence to spoil the landscape with fresh mounds of land. The ruined lawn is especially frustrating for the hosts, because every mole course is perfectly visible on it. But if it is customary to deal with birds by deterrence, without physical destruction, then the "diggers" were less fortunate. As a rule, the fight against moles on the site is carried out by cruel methods: molehills, poisoned baits and other methods that deprive the animal of life. This is not too humane, because the animal is not at all interested in our green spaces. He damages the roots by accident, while looking for his main prey - worms, and it’s not entirely ethical to kill a mole because he is trying to somehow feed himself. Moreover, there are many effective ways to drive the animal out of the area without causing physical harm to it. Here we will consider them in more detail.
Analysis of temporary measures of disposal
A mole from a site can be driven out for a while or forever. The second methods are more difficult to perform, so we will consider them later. Temporary measures are aimed at scaring the animal or causing trouble to his subtle scent. Where constantly stinks or something noises, the mole will not live.
Using repeller plants
Some plants have a sharp specific smell that comes from the roots. The sensitive mole prefers to bypass the places of their landings. Beans (especially black), royal grouse and marigolds are considered the most effective.
The royal hazel grouse has a chic appearance, so it will not only scare away the mole, but also decorate any flower garden or edge of the lawn
Marigolds, planted around the perimeter of the flower bed, scare away the mole and at the same time disinfect the ground from microbes, especially if in the autumn they are dug into the soil
If you plant them along the perimeter of the bed, then the "enemy" will not climb on it. True, he will not leave the site, but only crawl to the side, but if it is important for you to preserve the beauty of just one flowerbed, then these methods will be quite enough. For example, marigolds will fit perfectly into the flower garden, along the perimeter of the lawn - hazel grouse, which will bloom in early spring and completely hide in the soil until next season.
The beds can be decorated with beans, but you will have to set up vertical supports, because this plant sweeps to a height of about 2 meters.
Legumes are unlikely to fit into the flower garden, because they outshine the plants with their tall stalk, but in the garden they will bring considerable benefit
A very successful fight against moles is carried out with the help of all kinds of noisers and rattles. Mole has a very sensitive hearing, which is replaced by weak eyesight, and does not withstand life in such conditions (however, like all of us!).
Many summer residents make turntables from plastic bottles that come in motion from the wind. For example, a pipe is driven into the mole, on the upper end of which a long pin is worn. A plastic bottle is “planted” on this pin, having pre-drilled a hole in the bottom slightly larger than the diameter of the pin. The sides of the bottle must be cut and bent by the blades so that the wind has something to “catch on”. It turns out pretty strong ratchet.Recent entries In April, I process roses so that no pests encroach on my beauties
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Turntables made of plastic bottles are the most popular way to scare away moles from summer cottages, although their aesthetics are not too high.
If you train them all over the site, then not only moles, but also a dog will run away during windy weather. True, not all summer residents like to endure a constant noise.
A good method of combating moles is to bury high-necked bottles in the soil. It is best to use champagne containers. You need to determine which side the wind often blows on your estate, and dig empty bottles with a slope into the soil so that the necks are directed directly to the windy side. Set aside only 2/3 of the neck above the ground, and bury everything else. During the wind, the bottles will begin to buzz, thereby driving the mole out of its place. In this way, you can protect a small space, because the entire section of the container will have to be collected for years or walk around in the neighbors.
This is how flower beds are made out of champagne bottles, and if they are turned over and dug in under a slope, the border will be able to protect the flowers from the mole
If there is no desire to make anything, then the fight against moles in the country can be carried out by the ready-made means offered in stores. These include electronic repellers. They work on batteries or solar energy and are a thick stick, which they dig into the ground with a sharp end for almost 2/3 of the device.
3-4 batteries are installed inside, which are enough for the summer season (in "solar" devices, energy is consumed during the day). Repellers buried in the ground emit vibration and a subtle unpleasant sound, which is almost inaudible on the surface, but spreads perfectly underground. True, over time, the device begins to work more quietly, and if it is not insulated from moisture, then the contacts quickly oxidize.
The ultrasonic repeller works on batteries, so it can be used anywhere in the country. Battery power lasts about 3 months
A solar-powered repeller is placed close to the mole so that the ultrasound spreads across the soil as much as possible
Eternal Exile: Put the Moles in Blockade
In addition to temporary methods of fighting moles, there are more reliable ones, after which the animal will never be able to visit you at all. But this work is not for one day. The main point of the fight is to put a blockade around the entire perimeter of the site through which the mole will not penetrate. And since the animal rarely digs deeper into the earth more than a meter, it is of this depth that you need to dig a trench. This is a long time. But also effective! The finished trench is filled with slate sheets, metal mesh, stones and other hard material, which the animal cannot penetrate. This layer should reach the very surface of the earth and only slightly covered by soil. It is especially convenient to create such a barrier at the time of installation of the fence. For example, the foundation is poured for concrete fences, however, not to this depth. But you can dig even deeper and secure yourself from uninvited guests!
It should be remembered that not with every mole the struggle in the garden will end with your victory. There are animals that are not afraid of either pungent smells or noise. And then it will be necessary to catch them with molehills, and for the "aliens" to build an underground blockade.