Gopher & Mole Deterrents
1 Tbsp oil of peppermint (not peppermint extract)
1 Tsp chili powder
½ ounce Tabasco SauceTM
1 Pint cold water
Mix ingredients together and dip cotton balls into the solution. Drop the cotton ball down a gopher or mole hole.
* You can also place drops oil of peppermint or Cintronella on cotton balls and place into holes as well.
This commercial product is lava rocks that have been treated with a garlic and onion solution that produces an offensive odor to the gophers and moles. Bury the rocks about 6 inches down in areas where they have been feeding on your plants. Rain amounts may affect the product’s efficacy.
Pepper based deterrent
Cover all holes with a rock. Mix 1 pound cayenne pepper with ¼ pound garlic powder. Lift each rock, spray mixture into hole, and recover with rock. Do not water the area for 24 hours after the treatment.
Burying colored glass bottles around a garden has been effective in deterring gophers and moles. They apparently see their reflection and get scared away. Bury the bottle about 6” underground.
Moles and gophers are sensitive to sound waves so placing a radio underground playing hard rock music very loudly will assist in getting them to vacate your yard. You can bury the radio in a plastic bag – be safe regarding rain and the use of electrical appliances! There are also commercially available poles you can insert into the ground that emit sonic tones.
Used kitty litter
Try placing used kitty litter into a mole tunnel. The scent will deter them.
Control the Grubs
Grubs are the main food source for moles. If you take action to curb your grub population the mole population will follow.
We strongly discourage live trapping for the following reasons:
1. It is futile. Studies have found that an area or habitat will hold a limited number (carrying capacity) of any one species of animal. It will hold no more than that because the over-abundant population is reduced by food scarcity and predators. But the fact that is even more significant is that the area or habitat will also hold no fewer than the established number. So, by live trapping and taking some animals from the area other animals of that species will move in.
2. Live trapping frequently results in the death of a trapped and relocated animal due to the stress and trauma of the situation, carrying capacity of habitat introduced to, resident animals defending their territory, and food scarcity. Also, another special concern is the spread of disease by unnaturally relocating animals. Add to that death count the fact that the trapped animal may be a lactating female who leaves behind babies to the painful death of starvation and dehydration.
3. We have seen an increase in animals that injure themselves frantically trying to escape live traps. This injury is not the intent of the trapper and often that animal then needs medical attention, rehabilitative care and occasionally surgery to repair the injury.