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Two of our flower beds are bedeviled by moles. For the last 3 years (since we've had our house) whatever I put in there dies because the little varmints dig under the roots and they dry out. I'd read in one place that putting holly leaves (mahonia should work the same, right?) will prickle their sensitive skins and encourage them to go elsewhere. Does this really work? Or could I spike the ground with U-shaped wires? I don't want to use killing traps or poison.<br><br>
Thanks for tips.<br><br>
Melinda
 

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I actually found a deterrant for our moles. I cannot remember the name, but I found it at Lowe's, it's battery-operated. You put them in the ground and they send a vibration and little noise (not disturbing to us at all). It's worked very well for us.<br><br>
They are a little pricey. I just bought one last summer to try and I will buy a few more to cover our entire backyard.<br><br>
All our moles are at our neighbors house now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Just an FYI---<br><br>
You probably have Voles, not Moles. If they are digging in the flower beds and nibbling on the plant roots they are most likely voles (V for voles=vegetarian). Moles are more likely to dig in the yard looking for bugs and grubs (because M for moles=meat eaters). I hate them both (and have them both) but what works for one (poison bait for moles--which I won't use because we have a toddler and pets and it's not worth it) won't work on the other.
 
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