We’ve been battling a determined mole who insists on tunneling into our yard. It took a long time to find the doors to his tunnel – it takes a sensitive eye, which only develops over time. Sir Mole had encroached farther and farther into our own territory. Googling the topic, we found another blogger who faced this problem a few months ago.
We don’t mind the dirt piles on the meadow surrounding our house, but we have a mowed lawn, garage and gravel driveway and Mr. Mole is getting too close for comfort. The hole in the picture at left is in permitted territory, so it hasn’t been destroyed. Notice that it is moist, therefore, recently dug.
A couple of days ago, we went out and a movement in the nearby grass caught our eye. We looked over and staring out of his tunnel opening at us was Mr. Mole! We moved slightly and bang! He disappeared by dropping down into the vertical shaft quick as lightening.
How did we know it was a mole? Because gophers are cute! Even if they are digging holes in your yard. This guy wasn’t cute.
Next day, we opened a day-old package of red snapper for lunch. Ugh! It was expired. Even after washing thoroughly, the horrid smell wouldn’t go away. Not wanting to put it in our indoor trash container, we went outside to find a place to dispose of it.
Bingo! Two mole tunnel openings! We tossed rotten, stinking fillets into each hole. Then we shoveled some dirt in, tamped it down, and left. When we got back, we saw that one of the fillets had been tossed out. It smelled even worse than before.
Looking around, we saw another entrance had been opened, so moved that fillet into it and threw dirt in again.
This morning, we noticed that the tunnel opening was more disguised than the earlier ones. Was Mr. Mole getting advice from older, wiser moles? As we stared at the hole, he popped his head up again and we exchanged a long look. With no more rotten fillets left, we just threw dirt into both holes and tamped it down again.
How long will this battle continue? Until Mr. Mole realizes he’s going to have to get farther away, if he wants to live a life of peace.
If current measures don’t work, we’ll try to figure out how to tell Mr. Mole about our daughter, the computer genius, who trapped, skinned and tanned the skins of several moles.