If you're dealing with a mountain of molehills or a swarm of bees in your backyard, you're probably researching the quickest way to eradicate these pests. However, you may be squeamish about actually causing these animals (or insects) any pain or long-term damage. Fortunately, there are a number of humane ways to evict your pests without causing them any harm. Read on to learn how to rid yourself of honeybees and moles in a safe, humane, and effective manner.
Honeybees serve a vital purpose -- pollinating flowers and plants to allow them to produce the food you eat. However, if you have a bee hive near your home, you may find yourself dodging swarms every time you go outside. And if you're allergic to bee stings, you may even be risking hospitalization or serious injury if you don't take action to remove them from your property.
There are several ways to relocate a bee hive without causing any harm to the colony. However, each of these methods involves getting "up close and personal" with the bees, so they are best left to an experienced beekeeper or pest control specialist.
If you contact a beekeeper in your area, he or she may even be willing to remove and relocate your colony for free. Purchasing and growing a honeybee colony from scratch can be expensive and time-consuming, while integrating new bees into an existing hive is usually a more affordable option and gives the beekeeper the advantage of having "local" bees who are able to better metabolize your area's native plants and flowers.
To remove your bee colony, the beekeeper will likely visit the hive at the coolest point of the day -- cool bees are calm bees. Depending upon the location of the hive, the beekeeper may opt to fully remove the hive and place it in a container for transport (with bees inside), or simply flush out the bees and capture them in the container instead. The bees are then ready to be transplanted into their new home.
Nothing can ruin a green, pristine lawn more quickly than an errant mole determined to tunnel his way from Point A to Point B. And if you have an outdoor dog, he or she may do even more damage trying to rescue your lawn from this intruder. Unfortunately, your dog's natural instinct to hunt and devour moles can eliminate most of the mole removal options that involve poisoning the pest.
Two humane ways to remove moles include the eradication of their food source and the use of high-frequency devices that discourage them from entering your lawn.
- Remove their food source
Although moles spend their entire lives underground, they don't eat plants -- rather, their main food sources are grubs, earthworms, and insect larvae. Because too many grubs and insects can harm your soil and grass anyway, applying commercial grub remover will do double duty in pest eradication. As their food source dwindles, your moles will migrate to a neighboring area and leave your lawn alone.
- Use the power of sound
Moles are essentially blind and use their ears to help guide them toward their next meal. Placing a high-frequency sound in the soil (usually through a stake or other underground implement) will diminish their ability to hunt and leave them heading far away from the noise. It's best to determine which direction you'd like the moles to travel, then place these stakes in a line well behind their destination to ensure they head the right direction. Simply placing the stakes at each corner of your property could leave them running in circles!
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