First off, let's talk about the difference between moles and voles. Moles are actually good for the garden. They aerate the soil, eat grubs and leave a little fertilizer behind. If they’ve made their tunnels through the lawn though, and you can’t stand them, there’s an easy solution to get rid of them.

Voles, on the other hand, are herbivores, feeding on roots and all sorts of underground crops like potatoes, beets, carrots and more. They can live in colonies of hundreds. If the yard and or garden has holes about the size of a quarter, that’s indicative of voles.

One great organic choice to keep both out of the garden is Mole Scram. It uses garlic and castor oil to repel the pests. The trick is to apply the granular product in bands over a period of about a week. Moles and voles can’t stand the stuff, but if it’s thrown all over the area, they won’t know which way to go. The idea is to force them to move.

Think about what direction you want the offending creatures to go. First apply a one-foot band of Mole Scram as a barrier; they won’t cross it. Now every day add another band in the direction to push the moles or voles that way. Eventually after a week they will head off into an area where they can live without bothering the garden.

Solving the problem without reaching for chemicals helps the environment and keeps everyone safe. Remember, we all live downstream.

Mole Scram