Mole & Vole repellent application guide

Application Guide

Mole & Vole Repellent

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Mole/Vole/Armadillo repellent

I Must Garden Mole and Vole Repellent (Granular & Liquid) works by creating an undesirable environment for moles, voles, and gophers. It safely and effectively coats their food sources and saturates the surrounding areas, making them taste and smell unpleasant, forcing them to relocate.

Discovery of Mole or Vole damage

In cases, homeowners unfortunately do not realize the extent of a most mole and vole infestation until the damage is widespread. 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 signs 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 disappear into a hole in the ground. 

Of course, you want to stop the damage NOW! A very common, but misguided, approach is to treat your entire property all at once. This approach places the animals under an extreme amount of stress. In their frantic search for better tasting food and better smelling surroundings, they wreak even more havoc on your yard and garden. This is why we recommend moving these animals off your property one section at a time.

Effective Mole and Vole Control

By applying our repellent in sections, you systematically encourage the animals toward an exit point away from your home. Deciding on which section to treat first depends on the size and shape of your property. Consider the detailed illustration below. 

Treatment Zones

Mole & vole application diagram 1

Example A:

Start at one end of your property and move pests toward an exit point.
Mole & vole application diagram 2

Example B:

Start at a central area and gradually move outward, creating protected barriers pests will avoid.

Initial Application

  • Before applying repellent, the ground needs to be moist so it can optimally seep into the root zone of your plants. You want to make the root zone of your yard as unappealing as possible to moles and voles since it's the roots that voles eat, and it's in this root zone that moles burrow when searching for insects.
  • Water the repellent in after you have applied it. This ensures that the ingredients travel down to the root zone.
  • Using the above diagram as a guide, divide your property into 3 sections you will treat in succession.
  • Treat the first section and wait 5-10 days before treating each subsequent section. This gives the animals adequate time to move from one area into the adjoining area.


Once your property is free of pests, apply a 10-20 ft. border of repellent around your property. Periodically check the perimeter 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.

Important Considerations

  • Make sure to cover every part of your property, even those that do not appear infested.
  • In the case of 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. That way, you can easily apply repellent to the entire 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. So, apply our granular repellent 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 days and as needed to maintain control.

Apply by Hand

Treating your property in sections often makes 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 covers 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. We performed our testing 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.

Spreader Settings

Avg. setting for initial applications (1lb/500 sq. ft.): 4-6

Avg. setting for maintenance applications (1lb/1,000 sq. ft.): 2-3

Freedom from Moles and Voles

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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