Moles belong to the mammalian order ‘insectivora’ thus, they are not rodents. these near-blind animals can do a lot of damage to your tulips, potatoes, beans, oats or anything, including grass, growing in your lawn, garden or yard.

Here are 5 simple ways to get rid of moles in your lawn quickly.


How to get rid of moles in your lawn quickly 

a. Trapping
b. Repellents 
c. Flooding and Fumigants 
d. Toxic baits 
e. Poison gases 

Mole damage prevention and control techniques

How to get rid of moles in your lawn quickly 

To be sure that what you are dealing with is a mole problem, not a gopher or rodent problem, check two things:

Raised tunnels or surface tunnels (unique to moles)
Cone-shaped mounds on the surface of the ground

1. Trapping 

Setting up traps is the most successful and practical method to get rid of moles and eliminate damage. But it depends on the trap you use and how you use it. 

If you are looking for mole traps online, the link above is your one-stop-shop for everything.

That said. Here are the 5 main types of mole traps that work. 

Type of mole trap


Humane tunnel mole traps

No blood, no suffering (humane)

Easy to set 

Easy disposal 


Mole scissor trap

Eliminates the use of poisons or chemicals 

Easy to setup and remove 


Sturdy (good build quality)

Out O’ sight Mole trap

Fast and efficient (no suffering)


Easy to use

Made of durable material

Box traps

Easy to setup or move

Weather resistant

Can be used in sandy soil

Plunger style mole trap

Made of durable material

Easy to use 




According to a paper published by the University of Missouri-Columbia, mole repellents with castor oil as the active ingredient are very effective. The the paper also mentions some limitations of using repellents to control moles. 


if it rains heavily after application, you may have to repeat the tedious process.
some mole repellents contain substances that may be harmful to your health.

flooding and fumigants 

the most effective way to use fumigants such as calcium cyanide, gas cartridges or aluminum phosphate is to place the material deep inside mole burrows. Not the surface. 

Don’t forget that depending on your area, these pesticides may be restricted. 

Flooding moles tunnels for them to surface making it easier for you to kill them with a shovel or pitchfork. 

Toxic bait 

As mentioned above, moles are insectivorous, thus they only eat insects, worms and grubs. Question is, how do you get them to eat toxic bait?

Locate the main runway using an iron rod or probe
Poke a hole in the ground and enlarge it by rotating the probe
Drop a teaspoon of bait on the floor of the tunnel
Close the hole 

If you are using fake worms, wear safety gloves. 

Poison gases 

Marketed as 'gas bomb'’, poison gases such as carbon monoxide kill moles quickly and humanely. 

It's worth noting that, moles can easily plug-and-seal gassed sections of their tunnels. Therefore, if you are dealing with an extensive tunnel system use other methods. 

Mole damage prevention and control 

Ever noticed that most of the time it is the best-maintained lawns or yards that have serious mole problems?

Why is that?

There's lots of food in your yard, think about it. You use mulch fertilizer, water and the sun to grow plants. These plants and organic matter provide a stable food source for worms and grubs. All that makes your lawn very attractive to moles.

If you are looking to get rid of moles in your lawn quickly or want to prevent the problem before it happens. There are several things you can do, we suggest:

Introduce a predator such as a terrier dog or a cat
Set up physical barriers to exclude moles from your lawn 
Plant castor or garlic

 The most effective way of getting rid of moles in your lawn quickly is to dig them out. This option requires patience and you may end up damaging your lawn. 

What you will need 

Two spades/shovel


Locate active mole tunnel 
Block access using one spade 
Wait for signs of movement
Dig out the mole