How to get rid of voles, moles & gophers

18 methods for getting rid of voles and moles


How to get rid of voles, moles and gophers

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How to get rid of voles, moles and gophers using this site?

  1. Choose the group of methods for getting rid of voles and moles (e.g. “all methods”, “fast methods”, “cheap methods”) … by clicking on the box above or selecting from the main menu.
  2.  Look at the summary table of the selected group of methods. This rates each method in the following areas: Effectiveness short-term, effectiveness long-term,  effort required, health/safety/environment. You also find a short summary for each method below.
  3. Find out how to get rid of voles and moles at the detailed summary page(s) of the method(s) you select.

 

What is so unique about this site?

  • Objective advice allowing you to choose what will work for you.

    • 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.
  • Apply the vole and mole elimination methods immediately

    • 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.

A first overview is shown in below table. Thereafter you will find a summary for each method of how to get rid of voles, moles and gophers.
all 18 methods for getting rid of voles and moles 01 vole control using garlic 02 vole damage prevention using wire baskets 03 vole poison 04 how to trap voles without killing 05 mole and vole traps 06 moles in yard - vibration devices 07 vole holes sound devices 08 mole and vole repellents 09 natural mole killer 10 how to catch voles with cat dog 11 how to kill moles using water 12 vole and mole deterrent soil amendment 13 natural mole repellent 14 Habitat modification as natural field mouse repellent 15 field vole control via burrow sealing 16 how to kill a mole with rodent torch 17 getting rid of moles and voles via fumigation 18 how to kill voles with weapons

 

Method 1:  Garlic Barrier

01a vole control using garlicThis 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

 

Method 2:  Wire Baskets

02a vole damage prevention using wire basketsMole 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

 

Method 3:  Poison/Bait

03a vole poisonGopher, 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

 

Method 4:  Live Trapping

04a how to trap voles without killingWorking 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

 

Method 5:  Lethal Trapping

05a mole and vole trapsLearning 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?

 

Method 6:  Vibration Devices

06a moles in yard - vibration devicesIf 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

 

Method 7:  Sound Devices

07a getting rid of voles and moles via sound devices near vole holesSound 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?

 

Method 8:  Repellents

08a mole and vole repellentsMole 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?

 

Method 9:  Wild Predators: natural vole and mole killers

09a natural mole killerMany 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?”

 

Method 10:  How to catch voles with Domestic Predators

10a how to catch voles with cat dogTeaching 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

 

Method 11:  How to get rid of moles and voles using Flooding

11a how to kill moles using waterGetting 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

 

Method 12:  Soil Amendment

12a vole and mole deterrent soil amendmentGravel 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

 

Method 13:  Singing Bottle

13a natural mole repellentThe 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”

 

Method 14:  Habitat Modification

14a natural field mouse repellent by habitat modificationHabit 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

 

Method 15:  How to get rid of voles and moles using Burrow Sealing

15a field vole control via burrow sealingThis 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?

 

Method 16:  Rodent torch

16a how to kill a mole with rodent torchOnce 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

 

Method 17:  Fumigation

17a killing moles and voles via fumigationIn 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

 

Method 18:  Shooting

18a how to kill voles with weaponsUnless 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





5 responses to “How to get rid of voles, moles & gophers

  1. After trying everything indicated I have developed the foolproof cheap method: Get gas lawnmower, gas powered electricity generator or some other internal combustion motor. I have used a small gas powered electricity generator but a lawnmower will work too as they use similar engines. Perhaps a car exhaust will work too but the long exhaust pipes of cars plus muffler plus catalytic converter drop the pressure of the car exhaust and it may not push the gases into the ground holes as well as the lawnmower, gas powered generator, chainsaw, etc.

    Get a metal pipe and fit it to the the exhaust of the lawnmower or whatever. It can go insider or outside the exhaust pipe as long as fit is fairly good to keep the gases flowing into the hole in the ground.

    The pipe I use is copper, any metal will do. Plastic can work too but it has to plastic that does not melt easily as the exhaust gases come out hot.

    Normally you will have to bend the pipe down so it goes into the hole. The holes come out at an angle, not straight up, this makes it easier to slide the end of the pipe into the hole. The pipe I use is 3/4 inch copper pipe.

    Slide the pipe in 3-4 inches then put earth around and on top to prevent the gases from coming back out. You want the gas to flow into the underground network of tunnels.

    Be careful when you start the machine that does not collapse the hole. Most machines with the pull cord start shake a bit as you pull the cord.

    If you have more earth mounds around the lawn step on them to ensure the exhaust fumes, mostly “Al Gore gas” (CO2), do not easily come out, otherwise the fumes many never reach the far holes.

    Now let the gases flow in for 30 minutes or so to ensure they reach all tunnels to the end. It takes a while for the fumes to “soak” the ground because the ground is a bit porous and the fumes flow loses strength as it advances.

    Start the engine, make sure the pipe does not come off the exhaust and do something else for 30 minutes or so. I suppose the type of soil makes a difference. The more loose-porous the soil the longer the more time you may need. I have not done it but I suspect giving the soil a good watering before injecting the fumes will help keep the gases flowing through the tunnels because the moisture in the surrounding soil will act as a sealer to help keep the gases in the tunnels.

    It is the second time in so many years ands works like a charm. The little “terrorist” tunnel makers do not suffer as the fumes first effect is sleep.

    This year I had about 15 mounds spread over an area of 45 x 25 ft. I put the fumes in 5 days ago and not a single new mound. I suspect the hole terrorist cell has perished has perished and gone to heaven to meet the virgins, as it happened las year because no new mounds appeared.

    Voilá, de voles and the moles are gone.

    Note: make sure no small kids around. Exhaust parts get hot and lawnmower blades turn when the engine runs.

    By the way, the method does not damage the soil as the gases dissipate into the air (yes it is CO2, greenhouse gas but remember your beautiful tomatoes, etc., now will grow and absorb CO2, so no guilt).

    Good luck.

  2. My Vole catching observations in a winter greens greenhouse in upstate NY..Dig a hole on their trail…I dug a hole around 18 ” deep in my greenhouse in order to set cement around a sidewall pole. . When I came back a week later to complete the job there were about 3-4 dead voles in the hole. Similiarily, I found about 5 dead voles in an open wash basin in my storage closet…they were able to travel from other objects to enter the open wash basin where they could not escape.
    Since then I have placed wooden snaptrap mouse traps baited with peanut butter near the vole holes and along trails in my greenhouse….( I grow greens in the ground in winter in upstate new york and voles like kale and collard and spinach) …can’t leave open holes in g house cause of tripping liability…
    Snap traps with peanut butter catch a vole about once every 10 days…then I see new holes appear….I have reduced crop loss significsnyly but not stopped it.
    My greenhouse is small .. 20 x 60 so I think I’ll improve my trap methods after visiting this site by adding oatmeal to my peanut butter and flooding tunnels with water, although I am aware that both of these methods require diligence and repetition, it is necessary in order to protect my crop investment.
    I don’t mind if you email me or visit my website:
    Riordanfamilyfarm.com

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  4. I have found the wire baskets to be effective but haven’t tried garlic which could be easier.
    does the wire on the basket have to be above ground as well?

    • Martin R Collins

      Yes, the garlic method is a great way to get rid of voles, moles and gophers. Even though it’s best to plant the cloves in autumn, most of them will start growing even if planted at other times in the year. (And already before they start growing, they will act as a natural vole repellent.).

      Regarding your question on whether the wire baskets need to be above the ground as well to prevent mole or vole damage: Ideally the wire baskets extend about 2-3 in (5-8cm) above the ground. The main reason is that voles often travel above the ground to look for food and then “dig in” once they found it. If the wire mesh sticks out that won’t happen. There is also another practical advantage for having the baskets to stick out: You will be able to see exactly where they are and be able to check if they are still in good shape. Having said all this, our experience has shown that even with them fully burried in the ground you are likely to get rid of voles and moles in all but the most extreme cases.

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