[permaculture] rodent-repellant herbs?

Kate Halstead rockyprairie at earthlink.net
Thu May 12 09:56:46 EDT 2005

I live in one of the mole capitals of the US--western Washington State.
Around here we all try everything to get rid of them.

My experience with mole plants show there is zero effect--they tunneled
around, through, and under the stuff. Stinky stuff in the holes (gum)
doesn't work. Devices that emit some sort of ultrasonics don't work. The
thumpers don't work---there are no gimmicks that will drive them away.

The only thing that really works is trapping or a mole-killing dog or cat.
And trapping is not a great methodology unless you commit to a long-term
solution, i.e. you will almost always have traps set somewhere on your
property. The longest I've been able to go without another mole moving in
and starting the cycle again is about 1 month.

Setting the trap is somewhat of an art-form. I can send tips to anyone

Monroe, WA

-----Original Message-----
From: permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Lisa Rollens
Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2005 9:24 PM
To: permaculture
Subject: Re: [permaculture] rodent-repellant herbs?

Hi Bill,

Any idea where to get the moleplant?  I have terrible mole problems, to the
point that they kill a lot of the transplants I put in the ground.  Assuming
they are after the grubs, I am putting out milky spore, but that will take a
while.  The moles are all over the place, too.....gardens, yard, pasture, to
the point of killing grass.  My soil is real sandy.  Castor beans don't seem
to do anything.  I am wondering if those things that rotate in the wind and
supposedly drive moles away actually work.  It seems that they might,
considering the vibrations that I have heard are at the bases of windmills. 
Has anybody tried them?  Of course, they would just make the moles go far
enough away if they work anyway.  Does anybody have any suggestions for mole
problems?  I will try anything!

Lisa, in the Ozarks, MO, USA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill McDorman" <bm at seedsave.org>
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 10:23 PM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] rodent-repellant herbs?

>I have had moderate success with MOLEPLANT - Euphorbia lathyris.  Its roots
> contain irritating oils.
> bill

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