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JudithFarr
Are moles bad for my veg? Is there anything ecologically friendly I can do about them if they are?
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I don't have much personal experience with moles, but what I've read is that they are carnivorous and won't do much damage to a vegetable garden at least not the part above ground. They will over time eat a substantial part of your garden's earthworm population and that's not a good thing. There's also the aesthetic issue of having moles hills and runs crisscrossing your yard which may or may not be a concern for you. There are different repellent products that can be used, some of them organic, but in the end your best bet might be to trap it (them) and relocate them. Voles are another story. They feed on the roots of vegetables.
We have a Mr. Mole in our garden and every year we see where he has been tunnelling. But, other than those mole hills and tunnels, he hasn't done any damage to our garden. In fact, we havent' seen him tunnel in the garden patches - we have raised gardenbeds. His tunnels are all in the yard. We still have plenty of worms because we compost and they are always there. We haven't tried to get rid of him and probably won't any time soon; he's just a part of our garden right now.
If you live trap them where would you release them? Your neighbors might not want moles dropped off for them. In our area we have ground squirrels that do lots damage. It is against the law to trap and relocate them.

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