How to Prevent Attracting a Mole to Your Lawn


A problem that many people find with their lawn is a mole infestation. Moles can wreak havoc with a lawn, or a garden, because of the way that they tunnel through the roots and soil. Moles do not actually eat any of the vegetation, or even the roots. However, the tunneling does damage the roots and can leave hollow areas that lead to bumps in the lawn. Getting rid of moles can be done through a process of proper care for the lawn and pest prevention techniques. 

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Pest Control Chemicals
  • Lawn Aerator
  • Mole Traps
  • Castor Oil Granules

Step 1: Aerate Lawn with Spike Aerator

One way to keep moles from digging under the lawn is to remove the thatch that builds up under the surface of the roots. Grubs, worms and small bugs make their home in this thatch and moles feed on them. If the moles lose this food source, they won't bother your lawn. Use the spike aerator to break up the thatch.

Step 2: Set Mole Traps

Mole traps are another way to get rid of the moles that you currently have in your yard, as well as keeping them from returning. Make sure that you use gloves when setting the traps or the moles will smell your scent and be scared away. Set the trap in the main tunnel, and several of the offshoots. Once the moles in your lawn are removed you will need to continually use the traps to make sure they stay away. 

Step 3: Use Pest Control Chemicals

A mole is attracted to your lawn for the food source it provides. If you can get rid of the pests that make their home in your lawn, the mole will leave to look for food elsewhere. Look for pest control chemicals that are good for insects, grubs, worms, and other earth tunneling bugs. 

Step 4: Set A Boundary of Castor Oil Granules

Many home remedies that people use today to control moles--pickles, bleach, red peppers, and other types of foods and liquids--do not work most of the time. Usually the only reason moles leave the area is when their food supply has dried up. One remedy that has proven effective, however, is the use of castor oil granules. Spread out these granules around the area of your lawn at a rate of a pound per thousand square feet. 

Step 5: Modify Yard

Preventing moles from inhabiting your lawn is next to impossible. As long as there is lawn, and food, you can only hope to keep the mole population down. However, you can make your habitat less desirable by modifying your yard. Cut out some of the lawn and place a patio, use raised planting beds for gardens and flowers, put in a pond, or lay some crushed stone in certain areas. 

Step 6: Water Less

The food that moles like to eat will come to the surface if there is a lot of water in the ground. This makes the mole damage the lawn more by surfacing to get at the food. Water only enough to feed the plants, not to saturate the earth.


Bearwood House Lawn (don cload) / CC BY-SA 2.0