An old business associate of mine recently relocated to the west coast and were looking for a Portland Pest Control company. While they were familiar with the bugs and rodents back home, the new cast of characters just is not familiar to them yet. Of course, some are just a different variety of the same insect or mole, but when they differ just a little bit in color or size, the mind completely forgets how to tame or evict them.
Before you call an exterminator, here’s a few methods for evicting moles from coming into your dirt basement if they have not already taken over:
- Spread soiled kitty litter around the cracks and crevices. Felines are a natural enemy and moles will retreat.
- Stuff coffee grounds or dryer sheets where moles have been sighted. I am not sure why, but moles detest the scent.
- Turn on a radio. Now, this method is a bit unorthodox, but I have read that you can seat a small radio in a plastic bag. Leave it on, and place it in a mole hole or near where they like to come into the house. I would assume the bag protects the radio, but also perhaps muffles the sound so that they don’t know where the human voices are coming from. They scurry away from human voices.
I have also heard about exterminating the grubs they like to eat. The chemical dehydrates them, and the moles remain alive and well, but go on to another yard looking for grubs. This can be effective, but I always worry about what other species eat the grubs or what harmful insect or fungi the grubs could be eating. By periodically switching your method from dryer sheets, cat litter and…um…radios…the moles can live out their lives without getting in yours.