“ Brand: The Big Cheese / Type: Pest Control „
About 6 months ago my lovely back lawn was ravaged by pesky moles. We had about 20 mole hills came up in the space of a few days. We have had mole hills come up before, but this time I decided to wage war against them. Initially I got a mole trap, but my wife wasn't too keen on this idea, and after a while, I lost patience with it, and decided to purchase one of these on the advice of a friend who had a battery powered one.
The cost of them is relatively cheap, so I deicded to buy one and give it a go. The idea of this deterrent is that put push it into the ground, and it sends out vibrations into the ground every 10 seconds or so. It also beeps every 20 seconds, which combined with the vibrations, is meant to trick the mole into thinking a predictor is nearby and deters them from coming back. Nice idea in theory, and nice even for the moles as no harm comes to them.
But, and heres the downside, it has to work, and sadly this doesnt do its job. When placed in the ground, it supposedly should have a radius of 15 metres, to protect from moles. One of these in my garden would easily cover that space. So you can imagine my delight when for about a week, we didnt have any mole hills. Then they started coming, down the edges of the garden, but not in the centre of the grass where I had placed the thing.
Maybe it was working to some degree? Maybe not, as a few days later, we got a massive mill hill virtaully on top of the device! Ever since, we have left it out there, but i can honestly say in our case it hasnt worked at all.
There might be people this has workewd well for, but in our case, im afriad not, so i cannot recommend it.
We tried this product after having about 3 molehills come up on our not over large lawn.
It is very easy to clip together and you simply push the point into the lawn (generally near the area affected by the moles) and it will be charged up by the sunlight. It only really takes and hour or so of good sun to get it charged up for the day. On a very sunny day it will keep working well after the sun has gone down.
It does work to a certain extent as no more molehills came up on that part of the lawn. What we did have though was more molehills coming up on a different part of the lawn. I think to have any real effect you may need to buy several to spread them over the whole of the area you want to protect but that is likley to get quite expensive.
The deterrent also lets off a buzzing sound every 10 seconds or so which although not loud is still clearly audiable if you are within a 10 - 15 m radius and after a while does become very very annoying.
We did take it down after a month or so and the moles seemed to move on by themselves.
I noticed this product for the first time in the four years since we bought it about a week ago when I tripped over it putting out the bin and thought, oh I must review it on dooyoo, because that I hadn't noticed it meant it was doing it's job really well - marvellous!
We bought our Solar Mole Deterrent from www.gardendirect.co.uk for £29.99 in 2004, but nowadays it can be found online for £12.95 (for example at http://www.primrose-london.co.uk). The product has a circular top with a solar panel on it ontop of a short stake. The stake is pointed which makes it really easy to "install" - just push into the ground and away you go. The product deters burrowing animals by releasing a vibrating sound and recharges through the solar panel on it's top, so needs no maintenance once it's jabbed into the ground. It must be able to store a fair bit of energy as I have on occasion heard it buzz at night or when it's especially cloudy. If you were trying to relax in the garden and were right besides it you may hear the buzzing and it might irritate or disturb you, but if you were more than about 5m away I doubt you'd notice it. The moles are deterred but not harmed, though where they go is another matter. We live in the middle of quite wild farmland, I don't think solar mole deterrent would necessarily be such a popular choice in an urban area.
When we first arrived at our property the small field at the back was covered in mole hills, risking injury to my horse if we let her graze there. Now there are none at all. We placed the deterrent at the bottom of our approx 1/2 acre field and have seen no sign of mole since in either our field or garden.
The device emits a deep vibrating sound that radiates out in all directions through the soil and the mole remains at a distance thinking there is a predator near by. Effective area - up to a maximum 15 metre radius (45 feet).