Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mole Wars


I've been battling a mole epidemic for weeks now (not bodily moles, but yard moles). We have mole holes and runs throughout our entire acre of yard...front, back, sides, you name it. And these suckers are multiplying fast. Last week I sprayed them with Mole Stop, the kind of repellent that hooks up to the water hose. Only problem was my hoses weren't long enough to reach the entire yard. So, I made a homemade concoction of ammonia, castor oil, dish soap and urine. Yes, urine. Who's? I'm not telling. So, I used that concoction on the parts of the yard that I couldn't reach with the sprayer, but I was running back and forth so much it was exhausting. I read online that mole blood doesn't coagulate; therefore, if moles get cut, they bleed to death. So, Ellie and I stomped around on all the hills & runs, and stuck sticks in the holes all over the yard. El loved it, and she even said, "Mom, we don't say kill." A friend of mine suggested sticking Juicy Fruit gum in the holes b/c the moles can't digest it and then they'll die. Good idea but I'm worn out. All that said, I gave up and had the Ortex man come today to give me an estimate and do you know what he told me? He told me that he's only seen one other case this bad, and her yard was smaller. He said this woman shelled out over a thousand dollars to have them clear the moles. Uhhh...no spank you! He was a really nice man (Clinton was his name for any of you Clarksvillians who might need pest control) & said that I should save my money, go to the co-op & buy a grain that kills the slugs & bugs that moles feed off of. On top of killing off their food supply, I need to gas their holes with Mole Stop. I bought the supplies this afternoon ($120...ouch)and since rain is coming it was a perfect afternoon to try this new concoction. I'm grateful for the honest Ortex man who said if I still have a problem I need to call someone to get traps, but if I have any other pest needs to give him a ring. :) I'll keep you updated.

4 comments:

allyson (lewis) lillis said...

i'm crackin up. glad it's you and not me!! i just wish i could've seen the look on the guys face when you told him you...ummm...peed in your yard! 10 packs of bubble gum would've been cheaper than $120! hilarious. good luck!

Aaron and Lacey said...

oh man, that's funny! i bet riley was proud of you for peeing on them!

Christina said...

Wow! You have quite the battle on your hands! Good luck! Keep us posted. :)

Natalie said...

Only you Michelle! Haha