Do you have a dog or cat that loves going in the yard? If so, you just might have an automated mole removal machine!
Cats are natural predators to moles, and they can quickly dispatch those unwanted pests in the yard. Dogs will also defend their yard by digging up (and usually consuming) any moles in the yard.
However, there are some important points to consider:
- Dogs can make a mess of things. Digging up tunnels can sometimes look much worse than the moles tunnels themselves. It might be best to tie your dog in an area of your yard with limited mole tunnels. Fido can start digging, and will usually bark if the mole is senses out of range. You and your dog can make a good mole-dispatching team, and the dog will enjoy the attention.
- Certain breeds of dogs can be better at mole killing. We have had good luck with beagles and husky mixes. Almost any dog can be taught to dig, as digging is a natural urge for most dogs (burying food, making beds, and so forth). The trick is to keep the dog from digging up too much. Once your dog has dug up a certain area, stomp the dirt back in place, or use a rake to replace most of the dirt. Put a large piece of plywood over the area to keep the dog from digging there again.
- Cats can also be destructive to other creatures in your yard: birds, rabbits, etc. Just keep this in mind when you release your cat to go mole hunting.
Work with your pets to remove any moles in your yard. After all, your pets need to earn their keep, and they enjoy the attention that they will get!