Country mice and moles: how to drive them away

Country mice and moles they can be removed in various ways. There is the system of 'unwelcome plants', which also works as a prevention, that of aromatic substances, there are ultrasounds (which can be replaced by artificially created noises) and there are traps.

Given that country mice and moles they are different from each other (Voles and moles: how to distinguish them) and the impact they have on vegetable and garden crops is also different, let's see one by one the natural remedies against rodents.

Defense plants

Come on country mice and from moles (not harmful to the roots) we defend ourselves with some plants unwelcome to rodents for their very intense odor. They work there imperial crown (Fritillaria), the grass mange, the dog tongue, the black currant and the good old man garlic.

Defense plants can also be used as prevention, but taking into account that they will not always work. The strategic points to defend are the perimeter of the garden and the flower beds. Keep in mind that field mice and voles:

  • they are fond of tulips and bulbous roots in general;
  • they do not attack daffodils because they contain a poisonous alkaloid.

Sounds and ultrasounds

The noises at certain frequencies annoy all rodents and make them move away, obviously without distinguishing between country mice and moles. A rudimentary system consists in burying empty bottles in a slightly inclined position: the wind slipping into the bottle will produce a whistle that can disturb the mice.

More technological is the ultrasound system, to produce which there are simple devices that are inserted into the ground in the points to be defended. There are models powered by solar energy and others with battery. They can also be easily purchased online:
Drive away solar powered mice

Battery-driven mouse chaser

Aromatic substances

A system similar to that of defense plants consists in placing unwanted aromatic substances in the tunnels of country mice, voles and moles. Cloves of garlic, walnut leaves, elderberry leaves but also fish heads work (a good way to dispose of this waste after a dinner based on fish products.

Human hair is also among the 'particular' aromatic substances that annoy country mice. When you cut them, you can keep some and introduce them into the tunnels. Country mice and moles have an excellent nose as well as good hearing and the smell of the enemy, which is very present in the hair, probably scares them.


All the aforementioned bollards do not have 100% guaranteed effectiveness and to reduce the population of rodents in the vegetable garden and in the garden, the old trap (which allows you to capture the animals and release them elsewhere) may be necessary. There are different types, which can also be purchased online, and you just need to know how to position them in the right places. Often for simplicity they are called 'mole traps', but they work with all rodents and with the appropriate baits you can select from country mice and moles, who have different diets.

Trap for rodents

A trick to increase the effectiveness of the traps is to place them near the Jerusalem artichoke plants, which rodents are particularly fond of. Jerusalem artichoke can also be used as a bait or function as a 'lure plant' to distract the attention of country mice from other crops.

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