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« on: August 14, 2005 09:54:25 AM »

The sap in the roots of castor beans, are supposed to smell bad to moles, and drive them away.



There's the castor bean plant, next to my propane tank.  See the dead grass?  That's the mole tunnels.  The creature sitting there is not a mole.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2005 10:35:57 AM »

Ha ha!  I'm so sorry to laugh at your misfortune, but that is the funniest thing I have seen/heard in a while.  You should submit that pic to some Home & Garden magazine, I bet they'd get a kick out of it. 

Darn, off to plan B I guess... I wish I had a solution for you. 

I AM glad, however, that you're trying the more humane way to rid yourself of these pests, no matter how pesky they may be.   Smiley

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2005 10:38:12 AM »

Yeah, that is why I tried the castor beans.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2005 12:07:37 PM »

could it be that you need to have a bunch of them?  i know nothing about this, so it's just a thought.
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2005 12:43:29 PM »

I'm a bad, bad person.  I've spread repellent on my yard a couple of times now and it's had no effect.  The problem has just gotten worse.  I can hardly walk across the lawn without stepping on a mole tunnel.  I have chopped out large chunks of turf with the lawn mower.

I have resorted to poison.
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2005 01:10:36 PM »

Moles feed heavily on grubworms, the elimination of the grubs will generally decrease mole activity in a lawn. Control grubworms with either Milky Spore or beneficial nematodes.

I've also heard that its the actual castor oil not the beans.
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2005 01:25:24 PM »

I use beneficial nematodes on my lawn.  Primarily to control flea larvae.  Moles also feed on earth worms, which are not harmed by the nematodes, and I have a lot of them.
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2005 01:35:29 PM »

My dad didnt get rid of his but he got it to only burrow in certain areas by putting a hose down in the tunnels where he didnt want him to go & flooding them repeatedly & enticing him with food in the areas he could dig in.
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2005 04:42:23 AM »

It might only work when the castor bean plants are bigger, cuz they sure do get big, we have a bunch in the back yard and they were about 6 feet tall.

If ur gonna keep the plant, make sure that no little kids or household animals eat ne part of the plant, its highly poisonous.
Another thought there, maybe the idea is that the moles will eat the stuff and thats how it gets rid of them, maybe u got a smart mole that wont eat ne of it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2005 06:29:00 AM »

I had a couple of plants get more than 8 ft tall.  I'll probably grow them again for decorative purposes.  I know that they are poisonous, that is why I didn't let them go to seed.  I have a flock of wild turkeys that come to visit quite often.  My dog is never outside alone, and DGD is old enough to know better.  But this spring I'm going to hire a lawn service to treat my yard.  This problem has been getting worse every year.
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2006 02:41:23 PM »


Hi all!

GloryB, just be really glad it isn't a "resident groundhog."  Hub & I don't care about lawn so moles don't bother us.  But this gigantic groundhog & his humongous holes & his forty-zillion fleas & all ... yikes.

We've consulted vets, game wardens, pest-control experts, farmers & everybody else we could think of out here in The Rural Wilds.  We've even had people with dogs they swore killed groundhogs all over their property bring the dogs here -- even paid some of those people! -- but basically the canines just laid around yawning (maybe it wasn't their own territory to defend? who knows).

Actually, everyone around here has continually advised us that the best (also kindest) thing for this pest is a well-placed bullet. 
Well, after about 5 years of VERY grudging VERY reluctant VERY annoying groundhoggy-coexistence on my part... if hubby doesn't use the bullet on the beast I believe I'm gonna hafta use it on myself... !
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2006 07:52:25 AM »

I have a neighbor that is always shooting at gophers, I don't know how many he gets, they move pretty fast.  But, even though I've been around guns all my life, I have never handled one, so that's not an option for me.
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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2006 06:01:22 AM »

i was reading a site about 'strange uses for every day products" and it said one way to get rid of moles was to put kitty litter into the holes....its said the mole would smell its natural enemy and vacat the yard...not sure if it means to use fresh or used, though, lol.

the other one went along with the castor bean plant...but it said to take castor bean oil, put it in a spray bottle with some water and spray it on ur lawn around the holes.

hope these help, meg
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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2006 09:17:48 AM »

I',ve done that, too.  Mole repelent is a caster oil based product.  I've used both the dry product, and the on that is sprayed on with the garden hose.
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