Don’t be fooled by these apparently cute little mammals. Ground moles may not have the best vision, but they have claws that can do incredible amounts of damage to your lawn. It starts with just one, but before you know it, your garden has become a minefield of holes. These can even be quite dangerous for feet to get stuck in and twisted ankles. Additionally, it is quite scary to imagine the extensive tunnels that you will have underground.
One of the most popular and simple solutions to get rid of ground moles is by using Dawn soap. Let’s see how this works and what you need to do.
Get Rid Of Ground Moles With Dawn Soap
What is Dawn Soap
Dawn Soap is a dishwashing liquid from Procter & Gamble. It is one of the most popular brands because of its extensive uses. Dawn Soap can be used for more than just washing up, including cleaning hairbrushes and hair dye stains, removing grease from tools and pets, cleaning stainless steel, and cleaning fireplace bricks. Outside of North America, you will find it under the brand name Fairy.
Why Dawn Soap Over Other Pesticides
The problem with ground moles is that they won’t be concentrated in just one area. If you treat one hole, they will pop up in another part of your lawn. Using other pesticides, you will have to treat your entire garden, and this may not be suitable or desired. Ground moles are extremely tolerant animals, pesticides will only encourage them to dig deeper, not to disappear.
Dawn soap is a natural solution that won’t kill the moles. What it does is make the environment unappealing for them so that they move on. Dawn soap will affect the insects that feed off your soil, in turn, the moles will no longer find these Dawn soaked insects delicious and look for an environment that has tastier food.
Your Dawn Soap Recipe
This recipe will last so make plenty as you will need to treat your lawn more than once. Mix ½ cup of castor oil with ½ cup of Dawn Soap. Shake it well. Add 4 or 5 tablespoons to each gallon of water. Ground moles hate castor oil because it irritates their skin and digestive systems, but it won’t kill them.
How to use Your Dawn Soap Mixture
There are two ways you should treat your lawn. First, you should fill the holes with soil and then pour the mixture over the holes. The second way is to spray your entire lawn. Remember the idea is to make the entire environment unattractive, so only treating the holes won’t work.
How Often Should You Treat Your Lawn with Dawn Soap
You should notice a difference within the first week after treating the lawn and the holes. That being said, it is recommendable to treat your entire lawn again in the second week, and if necessary, for a third week.
Like most of the animals and insects that set up home in our gardens, ground moles aren’t out to get us, and they actually do benefit our lawns. That being said, molehills are very unattractive and potentially dangerous, so Dawn soap is a nice way to encourage these little creates to find another home.