Be very, very careful about planting caster beans. I understand they are the number one toxic plant to children and animals. The beans fall on the ground from the plant and are a very attractive black and brown bean. They are very enticing for a child to pick up. The toxin "ricin" is found in the bean and the Center For Disease Control says an amount of ricin equal in volume to a grain of sand can be fatal to humans.Gary350 wrote:Plant caster beans also known as mole beans. I had moles at a house where I lived many years ago I planted caster beans one summer and there has never been another mole there.
I have to agree. Most stuff I've tried has been totally useless. The only one I've found that works consistently is a product called Tomcat Mole Killer. They are little worm-shaped baits, which actually makes sense since moles eat insects - mostly earthworms. It costs a little more, but after lots of trial and failure with other poisons, home remedies (castor beans, castor oil, coffe grounds, etc), sonic spikes, etc., it's the only thing I've found that works, and works fast. I could smell the dead thing a couple of days later.TZ -OH6 wrote:Most of the mole control items out there are useless. Gopher and mole baits are made of grain, which moles will not eat; the sound producing things are useless too; the plunger traps work as do the poison gummy worms, but with both you have to find the active home runway rather than just one of the many foraging tunnels, which the moles do not return to. There are a couple of good mole control websites explaining "how to".
I've never heard a sound like that of a mole caught by my neighbor's cat. This was at the first ever "house" I lived in post-college and it was *something*. I felt really bad for the poor moles...but then again...they were just tearing up all the new mulched beds and perennials I had just put in.garden5 wrote:The ultimate mole-remover ----->CAT!
Do you just shove unwrapped pieces down some holes/tunnels? I like this idea.The Helpful Gardener wrote:Moles are insectivores, not herbivores so if you are associating a lot of plant damage with moles it is not likely... voles sometimes hijack mole tunnels for feeding (not great diggers themselves) and that's possible (we like the Fruity Bubblicious for them; gums 'em up real good... ).