A mound of rich, brown dirt overturned often means there are moles, gophers or a combination of both moving under ground and destroying your lawns and gardens.  Moles and gophers do not hibernate like other animals, and therefore must eat during all seasons. Keep reading to understand poisons, repellents, traps and how predator’s can help eliminate these moles and gophers.   


Poisons will only work if you know how to use them. Not only are poisons dangerous, they can be ineffective if not used correctly. Poisons work best for moles when they’re shaped like worms. The mole can’t tell the difference from the candy worm to a real worm and will take the bait. Also, the gel poison option is something that can work when the mole cleans its fur it will consume the gel.  Pellets are a great option as well.  You will need a bait applicator to get these pellets into the ground.


There are many repellents available on the market for getting rid of moles and gophers.  Spraying a mixture of castor oil and water in the tunnels will chase them away because they cannot stand the smell.  Also, smoke can be used to chase away and/or kill the moles and gophers in your yard. You can buy the smokers at any hardware, home improvement or gardening store, place them inside the tunnels — being careful not to extinguish the fuse in the process — and plug the ends. The smokers do not use harmful chemicals so they are safe and effective to use around pets and children.  


One of the best methods to catch moles/gophers living in your yard is to trap them.  There are many traps available. 

Scissor traps have two scissor-like — 4 in all — blades that sit in the underground tunnel. They’re connected to a handle and trigger that sits above the ground. To set the trap, find a used mole/gopher tunnel and dig a small hole in the middle of it. Set the trap in the middle of the tunnel to make it more effective, because moles have a tendency to reopen blocked tunnels.

Set the trigger according to box instructions once the trap is in place. Check the trap every evening and remove the dead mole and dispose of animal by leaving it in the tunnel or discarding it in a wooded area. Fill in the tunnels once you have removed the moles or gophers by pressing your foot down along the tunnel pathways.


Attracting predators to your property is a hands-free home remedy to get rid of moles and gophers. Owls are the natural predators of all rodents and small mammals and you can attract them to your property by buying or building a nest box. Nest boxes look like big bird houses that are attached to a tree or the outside of a barn. You can build them easily or find them online. Affix the nest box high in a tree or on the side of your barn with enough nails to make it stable. Fill the box with straw and wait for owls to find it.

Contact Swift Pest Control for more information regarding mole and gopher control.