How to Get Rid of Ground Moles With Dawn Soap

Published Categorized as Lawn Pests

“IT’S INSANE that someone uses Dawn soap to get rid of ground moles!” Perhaps that is what you are thinking about right now. As strange as it may seem, you can now get rid of ground moles with Dawn soap in four easy steps. But how does Dawn dish soap get rid of moles exactly?

Dawn dish soap contains biodegradable surfactants, which break down water surface tension, allowing it to penetrate into the mole’s fur.

Here is the process of using Dawn dish soap to get rid of ground moles from your yard completely:

  1. Mix 2 ounces of Dawn soap with ½ cup of castor oil and 4 cups of tap water.
  2. Shake to mix well until you make a natural pest repellent.
  3. Spray your lawn regularly using the repellent, and the moles will run away
  4. Dispose of the molehills.

But how exactly does Dawn dish soap work to eliminate ground moles and other pests from your garden? What are the four steps you should follow to eliminate these pesky creatures from your garden?

Before we answer those questions, let’s see why it is important to remove ground moles from your garden using Dawn dish soap.

Why You Should Get Rid of Ground Moles with Dawn Soap

Moles are a complete nuisance in your garden. Once they invade, they will leave nothing to chance. They will only abandon your garden once they have eaten away everything nutritious, including tiny insects that aerate the soil.

These troublesome creatures dig tunnels in the garden, making it cumbersome for you and your family to walk around your yard. You cannot even plant tomatoes, onions, carrots, or cloves in your vegetable garden because they will devour them in no time.

The good news is that we now have several proven ways to get rid of these pesky rodents using Dawn soap.

How to Get Rid of Ground Moles with Dawn Soap

A healthy lawn will always attract ground moles. That’s the reason you are not the only one these critters are invading. They break into your neighbors’ lawns, causing much havoc. 

What You Need

  • To prepare this special mole repellent, you need the following:
  • Tap water
  • Dawn soap
  • Castor oil
  • Sprayer
  • Hose (for large gardens)

NB. Castor oil is a renowned natural remedy for repelling rodents from your garden, thanks to its strong scent. 

Step 1. Identify areas in your garden where moles are active

Get Rid of Ground Moles with Dawn Soap

It is difficult to identify areas infested by moles because most rodents, including moles, are subterranean creatures. They live in tunnels and only come to the surface when looking for food. If moles are not hungry, you cannot see them on the surface.

That said, it doesn’t mean you are left without a choice. Here are a few leads to identify areas where moles frequent your yard:

Molehills: in most cases, this is the first sign of a mole in your garden. Molehills are small or huge junks of soil raised above the ground level. When they dig tunnels, moles throw the soil out of their way. 

Runways and tunnels: If moles are in your yard, you will likely see runways and tunnels running across the garden. Many runways are not easy to spot, but chances are you will step on one as you investigate the garden.

Damaged plants: moles will devour your plants, which is the primary reason they are in your garden. They start at the roots. Once they eat the roots, these rodents pull the stalk into the tunnel.

If you look around, you will likely spot a few damaged or weak plants in your garden.

Step 2. Make your dawn soap mole repellent

Now is the time to make homemade mole repellent using the ingredients mentioned above. Depending on the size of your garden, put 2 ounces of dawn soap with ½ cup of castor oil and 4 cups of tap water. Shake to mix well until you have a strong homemade mole repellent.

Step 3. Spray the areas you identified in step one above

You can start the spraying exercise with your dawn soap + castor oil + tap water, and homemade mole repellent in the sprayer bottle or pump. Spray directly on the areas you believe moles frequent.

Make sure you saturate the area completely. Repeat the spraying process a few times for several days until the moles disappear from your garden. You should halt or use a lot of the repellent if snow or rain falls during your scheduled spraying.

Step 4. After two weeks, dig up molehills and dispose of them

After two weeks of consistent spray with dawn soap and castor oil, dig up the molehills. Collect all the dirt that you sprayed and throw it away. Block the tunnels with a piece of metal or stone, so the moles don’t find their way in.

Continue to spray the rest of the ground where you suspect the presence of moles until you are certain all moles are gone from your garden.

Does Dawn Dish Soap Kill Moles?

Dawn dish soap is strong and can remove oil and grease from surfaces. The soap has biodegradable surfactants, which loosen water’s surface tension, making it easy to penetrate the mole’s fur.

The moment it penetrates the mole’s fur, Dawn dish soap starts to dissolve the skin cells, killing the mole.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Will dawn dish soap get rid of ground moles?

A: You can easily get rid of ground moles with dawn soap if you mix it with castor oil and tap water. The ingredients will form a strong-scented natural mole repellent. Besides itching and burning the skin, the repellent induces the mole’s stomach discomfort and digestive distress.

Q: Can you permanently remove moles?

A: In most cases, moles that dermatologists remove disappear permanently. However, in rare cases, some come back. If this happens, contact a professional.

Q: How do farmers get kill moles?

A: Farmers kill moles using poisoned baits by placing them inside the holes.

To Wrap Up

You can get rid of ground moles with dawn soap by following four easy and simple steps. For this method to be effective, you need to make a strong concoction by observing your dawn dish soap to castor oil to tap water ratio. 

Once you have the homemade mole repellent, spray it directly on the areas where you suspect the mole, and do so repeatedly until there is no sign of a mole in your garden.

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By Wycliffe Magara

Hi, my name’s Wycliffe Magara, a professional landscaper, journalist, published author, photographer, and lawn attendant. Apart from this site, I also own LawnAffection, Grasstology, and TheScholarshipTipster. I specialize in creating informational content to help you grow a Lifelong Lush Lawn and find the ideal scholarship opportunities no one ever talks about.