To the point week of 3/22/07


MOLES BEWARE! I COME READY to do battle, as I continue to collect all types of information provided by you readers on how to deal with my mole problem in my yard.

In last week’s column I outlined the problem that I’ve been having getting rid of moles in my yard, and I asked to any suggestions that you might have. Thankfully, I’ve gotten several, but am still willing to listen to others.

Howard Bragg of near Vevay stopped me and told me that one sure fire way of getting rid of moles was to take a frog gigging spike, which resembles a small pitch fork, and then go out and stand near the mounds and wait to see them move.

“Then just jam the spike straight down, and you’ll get him,” Howard promised. “Quick and effective.”

Geneva Robinson sent word through her daughter, Sharon Deck, that I can take “D Con” rat poison pellets, dig a small hole in the mound until I hit the tunnel, and drop some in. She promises that it works great and I won’t have to deal with them after a very short time.

On a more technical level, I also received an email from Nathan Crane, extension educator with the Purdue Extension Service Switzerland County.

Nathan Crane said that after reading my column, he wanted to share with me that animal control was a topic discussed in the Purdue Master Gardener program, which county residents are welcome to enroll in each session.

“All of your suggestions listed in the paper were discussed but were not the best answer,” Nathan Crane wrote about the different options I shared in last week’s article. “The best way is to use a harpoon trap.”

He also pointed me to a very interesting publication that I downloaded off of the Internet:

But, like most of you, I’m sure, after taking into account the different methods offered – when your mother calls, you listen.

My mom, Carolyn Lanman of Centerville, Indiana – an avid Vevay Newspapers reader (she better be), called earlier this week with her own homemade cure.

Actually, she remembered seeing it in a homemaker’s magazine that she takes, so she looked it up for me. This comes from Jerry Baker, who writes a gardening and helpful hints column in the magazine.

He says that you mix a concoction of 1 1/2 tablespoons of hot sauce; 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid; 1 teaspoon of chili powder; and 1 quart of water.

After you’ve mixed all of that up, dig down into the tunnel and pour the mixture into the mole’s runway.

“The article says that it will take care of them right away,” my mom reported.

Who am I to argue with my mother?

So I’m going to mix up the stuff and pour it into the hole and see what happens.

I’ll let you know next week if I make any progress.

In the meantime, keep those homemade suggestions coming, because I really appreciate any and all information that I can get. Don’t just limit yourself to moles, because there’s all sorts of hints that are out there to keep your yard looking good.

I’ve always heard that surrounding your garden with marigolds will keep the rabbits out. Does that work?

WD-40 seems to work on all sorts of things. Peppermint is a natural cure for stomach ailments.

There’s all sorts of things out there.