Garden moles can be harmful lawn pests that feed off garden plants and dig holes through the lawn and garden. While there are several retail products that claim to get rid of garden moles, these expensive items are not always within your budget, and not always effective. There are inexpensive items that will be a foolproof way to get rid of garden moles for good.
Coffee grounds give off a strong odor that instantly repels garden moles. To use as a repellent, either sprinkle some fresh coffee grounds throughout the lawn and garden, or toss your brewed coffee grounds into the garden each day after making your morning pot of coffee. Repeat daily until the moles are gone, then at least once every 2 weeks to keep the moles from returning. If you brew coffee each day, continue to throw the brewed grounds into the garden, as these work as a natural fertilizer that will enrich soil.
Dryer sheets contain an ingredient called oleander, which is a natural repellent for garden moles. Place a dryer sheet at the opening of each mole tunnel, then cover with dirt. This will instantly repel the moles and force them to move elsewhere. You may also use dryer sheets that have already run through the laundry cycle. Otherwise these used dryer sheets would be thrown away, but this is a useful way to repurpose the dryer sheets.
Pepper is another natural mole deterrent. In a spray bottle, mix a solution of 2 cups water and 4 tsp. pepper (chili, cayenne, or jalapeno). Spray onto soil and mole tunnel openings, and repeat daily until moles are no longer a nuisance.
Garlic is yet another natural mole repellent. Sprinkle freshly chopped garlic cloves in mole tunnel openings and surrounding soil, or make a spray bottle solution of 2 cups water and 4 tsp. garlic powder. Repeat daily until moles are gone, then once every 2 weeks to keep garden moles from returning.
Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.