Hmm – today I was reading a post on a Social network group, where someone was asking how to kill moles, and it mad me feel very sad…
I did a bit of online research and found that there are so many people wanting to find out how to kill moles and the advice ranges from setting a trap, using moth balls or poisoning them. This seems a very cruel thing to do to an animal that lives underground, is rarely seen by any human and is not a danger to the human or other animals.
The moles are also not, as many people believe, rodents…..
They belong to the group of mammals known as insectivores, and are about six to eight inches long, weighing around three to five ounces.
Apparently they also do good as they eat lots of insects and they aerate the ground too.
So why do we want to kill them? Well, the reason is because we as humans, love our neatly tended lawns and beautiful green grass and just cannot bear it when there are these brown volcanoes of dirt all over our lovely lawn……. !
It seems that the only way to remove moles is to use lethal traps and that can be tricky because they dig lots of tunnels, and of course if you have animals that you don;t want to hurt then you have to be careful they wont dig where the mole holes and traps are, otherwise you might damage your “loved animals”….. Also once you kill the current mole/s you are going to have to revitalise your lovely green lawn because if you don’t the next lot will come and take over the tunnels the ones you have killed left behind….
The reason that Moles love lawns, is because the earth is soft under it and there are lots of insects and worms and goodies for them to eat, which is what they need to do and why they are there, but if you use decorative stone instead of lawn, not only will that keep your weeds down, save you lots of work, but will also turn away those awful little animals you so hate…..
Hmm now there is a thought, how about creating a garden that is beautiful for you to enjoy and doesn’t encourage these animals to come and play in it, so that you don’t need to spend your time killing them?