Mole & Vole Repellent Application GuideDownload a Printable Copy
I Must Garden's Mole and Vole Repellent (Granular & Liquid) work by creating an undesirable environment for moles, voles and gophers. It safely and effectively coats their food sources and saturates the surrounding areas, making it taste and smell unpleasant, forcing them to relocate.
Discovery of Mole or Vole damage
In most mole and vole cases, homeowners do not realize the unfortunate extent of the infestation until the damage is widespread and clearly evident. Mole damage can ruin a beautiful yard with dirt mounds, raised tunnels and patches of dying grass all of which can lead to unsightly bald spots. Voles can literally destroy a plant overnight with their voracious appetites.
The most common sign of vole damage are lopsided plants that can no longer stand upright because their roots have been completely eaten away. Equally frustrating are plants that literally disappear into a hole in the ground. It is no wonder the homeowner wants to be rid of these pests immediately!
However, treating an entire yard all at once places an extreme amount of stress on the animals, as their once familiar food source is tainted and their home turf has an irritating smell.
In their frantic search for better tasting food and better smelling surroundings, they wreck even more havoc on your yard and garden. This is why we recommend moving these animals off your property one section at a time.
By applying our repellent in sections you will systematically encourage the animals toward an exit point or route away from your home. Deciding on which section to treat first will depend on the size and shape of your property and detailed illustrations follow. We recommend treating an area of your property every week over a four week period.
Our method is initially a little more time-consuming, but it will be the most effective in gaining control over the mole and vole population in your yard.
Follow these steps for best results
Example A:Start at one end of your property and move pests toward an exit point off your property
Example B:By starting at a central area and gradually moving pests outward, you create protected barriers moles and voles will avoid..
- Before applying the repellent, it is important for the ground to be moist so that the repellent can optimally seep into the root-zone of your plants. You need the root-zone of your yard to be as unappealing as possible for the moles and voles living there. It’s the roots that the voles eat, and it’s in this root-zone that the moles burrow through when searching for insects.
- Water the repellent in after you have applied it. This is to make sure the ingredients are carried down to the root zone.
- By applying our repellent in sections you will systematically encourage the animals toward and exit point or route away from your home. Deciding on which section to treat first will depend on the size and shape of your property.
- Treat the first section and wait 5-10 days before treating each subsequent section. This will give the animals adequate time to completely move from one area into the adjoining area.
Reapplication depends upon the surrounding mole and vole population. Once your property is free of pests, effective control is best achieved by regularly applying a 10-20 ft border of repellent around your property.
Periodically check the perimeter of your property for new activity or damage. If you spot any, do not hesitate to reapply to your entire yard. Continued reapplication will depend upon the surrounding mole and vole population. Keep in mind that both moles and voles are active year-round.
Make sure to cover every part of your property that you want to protect even areas that do not seem to be infested.
Apply the repellent at the first signs of damage or preemptively if you have had problems in the past. In the case with perennials, such as hostas, which are a particular favorite of voles, the best time to apply the repellent is early spring before the plant leafs out and you can easily apply the repellent to the entire root zone.
The directions of the I Must Garden Mole and Vole Repellent states to water the product in AFTER you have applied it. This is to make sure the ingredients are carried down to the root zone. If you want to save the watering steps before and after application, consider applying the repellent during a nice steady rainfall.
Moles and voles are active year-round!
Our Granular repellent can be applied on top of snow or mulch for winter protection.
To Repel: Armadillos, Ground Squirrels, Skunks, Gophers etc.
Broadcast the repellent over the entire area to be protected but do not water in. Reapply: in 5-10 day and thereafter as needed to maintain control.
Apply by Hand
We recommend applying Mole & Vole repellent in sections over time instead of your whole yard at once. These smaller sections often make applying our repellent by hand just as easy as using a spreader. Spreading by hand can also help you navigate shrubs, ornaments, and other ground cover that would otherwise prevent an even application to the entire area.
When applying by hand, use a glove or scoop for easy cleanup.
Apply with Spreader
Exact application rates will vary by spreader type/condition and your walking speed. If you need help finding the correct setting for your specific spreader, please call our toll-free number to speak with our in-house experts:Click to Call: 877 446-2929
Our testing was done using a Scott’s Turfbuilder Edgeguard Rotary Spreader, which has a dial range of 0-15. If your spreader has a smaller/larger dial range, you will need to adjust the setting accordingly to find the correct application rate.
Average setting range for initial applications (1lb/500 sqft):
Average setting range for maintenance applications (1lb/1,000 sqft):
With diligence, proper application and I Must Garden Mole & Vole Repellent, you can naturally control the moles, voles, armadillos and other burrowing animals in your garden.
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