How to get rid of voles, moles and gophers
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- Most sites are really for or against certain vole and mole elimination methods that show you how to get rid of voles and moles. For example, some praise the use of poison as the only real solution. Others say, the only way of how to get rid of voles is via wire cages or prevention. And yet again others will only support environmentally friendly methods.
- The truth is that all methods have their pro’s and con’s. Moreover, each situation is different … some people want to work out how to get rid of voles and moles fast, others need to focus on cost, and some care mostly about effort or safety.
- Our website does not “push” or “impose” certain methods … we give you objective data so you can choose what will work best for you.
Complete guide to getting rid of voles and moles
- This site describes a very wide range of methods of how to get rid of voles, moles and gophers.
- All key aspects of the method are then covered on dedicated detail pages.
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- Even though our site covers such a wide range of methods of how to get rid of voles and moles … it remains concise and practical.
- Starting with our summary tables … you will quickly be able to narrow down your selection to a few options that make most sense to your given situation. Each method is then clearly structured and you will learn how to get rid of voles and moles within 5-10 minutes. Most methods can be applied immediately, no need to look for further details or information.
Overview of all 18 methods
Each of the 18 methods for getting rid of field mice, moles and gophers has its pros and cons.
To help you find the method that is best for your situation, we have assessed all methods in the following 5 key areas: Effectiveness short-term, effectiveness long-term, cost, effort required, health/safety/environment.
This is one of the best methods for getting rid of voles and moles: It is not only effective immediately … but also lasts for years. Unlike most other approaches, it’s almost for free, does no harm to animals and the environment and is totally safe for pets and children. You do need to put in a few hours of effort once … but thereafter no further work will need to be done at all. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 1: Vole control using garlic: effective, animal friendly and cheap
Mole and vole damage can be completely prevented using wire baskets. It is probably the most effective and reliable method for getting rid of voles, moles and gophers … both short and long term. It is totally safe to children and pets … and one of the few methods where no harm is done to any animals. Unfortunately this method can be expensive and involve a lot of effort in some cases. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 2: Vole damage – How to prevent it completely using wire baskets
Gopher, mole and vole poison is often an effective rodent control method achieved in a short period of time. Cost and effort are relatively low compared to other methods. Long-term protection usually requires repeated application of the poison. Using vole poison is controversial from an environmental and animal friendliness point of view and special attention needs to be given to the safety of kids and pets. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 3: Vole poison – How to get rid of voles in 2-3 weeks
Working out how to trap voles and moles alive is not too difficult … if you follow some simple rules. Live trapping can be an effective low-cost method of getting rid of moles and field mice in an environmentally friendly way. But mole and vole traps do require a significant amount of effort and may not always work perfectly. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 4: How to trap voles without killing them
Learning how to kill voles, moles and gophers using lethal traps will require some technique, effort and stamina. On the plus side, this method is quite cheap … and you can be virtually rodent-free within a few weeks. Even though the animals are killed many would say this method of vole control is one of the more environmentally friendly ones. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 5: Mole and vole traps – Do they work? And if so, how?
If set up correctly, vibration devices can be a good way for getting rid of voles, moles and gophers. This can unfortunately also become quite an expensive approach to mole and vole control … unless you are only trying to protect a small area or a few specific plants. (On the plus side, ongoing costs and effort are close to zero … so you only have to fork out the money once. Thereafter you will be free of voles and moles for years to come.) Compared to other methods, vibration devices are easy to set up. They are safe with kids and pets and generally friendly to the environment. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 6: Moles in yard – How to get rid of them with vibration devices
Sound devices can be an effective vole and mole deterrent if spaced at the right distance. Unfortunately they are also one of the most expensive ways of getting rid of voles and moles. (Unless where the area is small or only a few plants need to be protected.) Unlike most other methods, sound devices are easy to set up. They are generally friendly to animals and the environment, and safe to humans and pets. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 7: Can sound devices near vole holes get rid of the animals?
Mole and vole repellents are an effective way to get rid of field mice and moles … but only if used thoroughly and frequently. Unfortunately this often means high cost and high effort. A big advantage is the fact that natural vole and field mouse repellents are very friendly to animals and the environment. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 8: Mole and Vole Repellents – How effective are they really?
Many wild predators are excellent vole and mole killers. They are also one of the most natural ways to control mole and vole populations. This method is safe, low effort and low cost. Unfortunately though, wild predators alone will never get rid of all the rodents. Hence you will still need to use additional mole control methods described on this site. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 9: Natural mole killer – can wild predators help your rodent problem?”
Teaching your pet how to catch voles is unlikely to resolve your rodent problem completely. So you will still need to use additional methods for getting rid of voles, moles and gophers. But if you have a cat or dog already anyway … you can very easily turn it into a vole and mole killer … supporting your mission to get rid of the rodents … in a natural, environmentally friendly and safe way. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 10: How to catch voles using your cat or dog
Getting rid of voles and moles by flooding their burrow is simple, cheap and low effort. However, this method is rarely completely effective especially for larger areas and rodent populations. Even if it does work, it doesn’t take long for the animals to come back a few weeks later. The environmental impact is debatable. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 11: How to kill moles and voles using only water
Gravel mixed into the soil is an effective long-term approach to getting rid of voles and moles. It’s friendly to the environment and animals, as well as safe to children and pets. Unfortunately, it is probably the most expensive and highest effort way to deter voles and moles. For more details on this method, see our dedicated page: Method 12: Vole and mole deterrent made from gravel
The Singing Bottle is a natural mole repellent that is very easy to implement. This method doesn’t cost anything other than your time. It is very friendly to animals and the environment. Unfortunately this method does not always work … especially in areas that have longer periods without wind. In many cases it makes sense to combine “Singing Bottles” with professional sound devices as described in Method 7. For more details on the Singing Bottle method see our dedicated page: Method 13: Natural mole repellent made at home: The “Singing Bottle”
Habit modification can play an important part in your getting rid of voles, moles and gophers. It is never 100% guarantee and therefore best used as a complimentary rodent control method. It is usually cheap but often requires additional ongoing effort. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 14: Habitat modification as natural field mouse repellent
This method to gett rid of field mice and moles works best if done thoroughly over a long time. But even then success is not a guarantee. On the plus side, this approach is low cost and very easy to do. It is also very friendly to animals and the environment and safe for children and pets. For more details on this method, see our dedicated page: Method 15: Field vole control – does filling the holes & tunnels help?
Once you have learned how to kill a mole with this device, you can be rodent free within hours. However, this effective device for getting rid of voles, moles and gophers comes at its price (>$1000). It is not friendly to the environment and requires very strict safety guidelines. (It is actually forbidden in many places.) For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 16: How to kill a mole with a rodent torch
In some cases, fumigation can be an effective short-term method for getting rid of filed mice and moles. However, there is no guarantee … especially if the affected area is big. This method generally works better with voles than with moles. In any case, this approach to killing moles does not work long-term as the rodents tend to come back quickly. A key advantage of this method is that it’s is cheap, fast and easy to do. Fumigation is one of the least environmentally friendly mole and vole control methods … and is consequently prohibited by law in many places. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 17: Killing moles and voles using the fumigation method
Unless you master this method very well, this is unlikely to be a successful method for getting rid of voles and moles. This is because these animals are active at night and they largely live below the surface. Even if you manage to shoot a few, their high reproductive rate will ensure population to re-grow fast. Shooting rodents is hence only suitable as an additional effort to complement other methods described here. For more details on this method see our dedicated page: Method 18: How to kill voles, moles and gophers using weapons