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Moles - how to remove them?

Molehills initially on lawns, but after placing a mole deterrent (vibration/sonic pulse) which has deterred from lawns, they have now left altogether and are now tunnelling through my borders which is pushing up my plants.  Any proven ideas (humane only) to move them off my land altogether.
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,923
    Humanely I have no idea at all, tried the usual things, right down to noisy birthday cards. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,151
    Yes, I have the answer. Tried and tested and guaranteed to work.

    Here we were two years ago, after buying the old sonic boom machines (so-so results but very expensive), and desperate to shift them on. Many tumps throughout the flowerbeds.




    And then I heard of the pickled onion treatment. I kid you not. Go and buy the cheapest pickled onions that you can find. The brown type (other brands are available) These were 39p a pot...



    Off you go with your bottle under your arm. Approach the first mole hill. Insert index finger into molehill until you find the tunnel entrance. Enlarge entrance with finger. Push two pickled onions down the hole until you hit the horizontal part of the tunnel. Refill hole lightly with finger.

    Repeat with all other tumps.

    It may take a day or two, while the little brutes make new holes while they try to circumnavigate the stink. But they will eventually move out to seek out a less noisome habitat.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Joanne!Joanne! Posts: 4
    Pickled onions - really...!  I will try anything and give it a go.


  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 887
    Hi All,

    @pansyface mentioned this a while back so I tried it in my garden.
    Hubby thought I'd totally lost the plot  ....
    That was over 6 months ago .... and I can tell you IT WORKS tu 
    No moles here since .... there are still plenty around in the woods and fields that border our garden, just not in here.
    I've still got the rest of the jar left.

    So well worth trying .... many thanks pansyface.

    Bee xx
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 887
    Meant to say cheapo onions from Tesco are £0.30 for a big jar.
    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,151
    Glad to be of help, bee witched.😁
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    pansyface said:
    Glad to be of help, bee witched.😁
    We have one (or more) running riot at the moment. Local farmer has a range of medieval killing traps but I couldn't bring myself to use those. Pickled onions eh? OH will think I've lost the plot!
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611
    Can't get that kind of pickled onion here and no malt vinegar either.  Could try making my own with spirit vinegar.

    We have tried the noisy things and smelly things and humane traps (hopeless), mole blasters too (available in France and Belgium but not the UK).  They work very well but can also be set off by curious dogs and cats.  At least the critters catch an occasional mole but not often enough.   They're having a fine time in our grass.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,923
    Very interesting, I will try that,  moles channel right along the edge of the flower beds up turning everything in their way. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,482
    Wow, must try it! We are taking the car when we go to Norfolk this summer so I'll stock up! Have used deterrents, traps, sonic thingies, mole bombs (French) to not much avail. But they have started selling malt vinegar in Dordogne.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
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