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Re: need some advice

Hey Bonnie,

Wasn't advocating mole homicide, it's just from experience that I've found
that little else really works, and like Marge said, you gotta have something
there that they really like.  Poison corn, bubble gum, and gas just doesn't
work, since moles are carniverous, and the gas has to have conditions just
right to work.  You can try some of the castor oil repellents, they will
make it disgusting enough that the moles will leave, at least for a little
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 5:28 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] need some advice

> Since we've been mulching our grass clippings for a few years, the soil is
> full of earthworms.  We had checked earlier in the year as we dug for the
> new pond in a search for grubs, but found very few grubs in the area.  I
> only had a few beetles this year, too.  In any case, the soil does have
> worms than it used to have.
> There's no way to confine the area from momma.  She wanders where the
> dog wants to go without any particular direction.  If the dog goes over a
> log, mom would try to go over the log, too.  If it goes under something,
> momma tries to go under too.  Even if I roped it off, she could and would
> there if the dog took her there.  She is unsteady at best most of the time
> and often refuses to take her cane when she takes the dog out.
> I keep tromping the hills down, but they keep popping back up plus some.
> Also, I have yet to find an entrance or exit on those hills.  I'd really
> like to just re-locate the little critter to another area (perhaps one of
> the many local "nature" parks.)
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Marge Talt
> Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 3:23 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] need some advice
> > From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > Bubble gum... leave a few pieces at the entrance to the tunnel....
> ----------
> Naw, Donna, that's an old wives tale.  Moles are carnivores and not
> in the least interested in bubble gum.  They will simply ignore it;
> waste of perfectly good bubble gum:-)
> Glad you're home safe and sound...hope you get a bit of time to
> recuperate from your vacation.
> Bonnie, there must be a nice population of grubs or earthworms or
> some other insect in your lawn to attract moles.  They are so
> beneficial - and such cute little critters - it's a shame to try to
> kill or discourage them although I can certainly understand your
> concern for your mom's safety.
> Can you go on a tunnel stomping binge before she goes outside or are
> these tunnels located in one area she could avoid until the moles
> move on- which they will once they've munched everything they can
> find in one area.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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