In this article, I will show you how to get rid of ground moles with dawn dish soap.


Why are moles in your yard?

The main reason why moles are in your yard is because of food. Moles feed on earthworms, insects, and grubs. So if there aren’t any of these things in your yard you most likely don’t have to worry about moles. The bad thing is most yards have a lot of these things.



How does dawn dish soap get rid of moles?

In order to make the dawn dish soap repels moles, you have to mix it with castor oil as well. Moles hate the smell of castor oil and the dawn dish soap and castor oil mixture will cause their skin to itch when they make contact with it.



Getting rid of ground moles with dawn dish soap

Moles usually like to mess up lawns and gardens. This is because they usually destroy the grassroots in your lawn and this will cause it to have a dried-up, old look.

While moles might be somewhat annoying to deal with, they aren’t all that bad. They still have a purpose and it is to get rid of the insects in your yard. Most of the insects they are getting rid of would’ve eventually damage your garden. They also help to create the soil.

When getting rid of moles I like to use the nonlethal method. This method involves using dawn dish soap and castor oil. These two products create the best mole repellant.



What is castor oil?

Castor oil is a vegetable oil that is made from beans. It is usually yellow or colorless and it is mostly used to relieve temporary constipation and to stimulate digestion. It has more uses but those are its main ones. You can find it at your local drug store.

Mole repellant ingredients:

  • Castor oil
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Water


  1. Heat the water in a kettle or pot
  2. Pour around 5 oz of castor oil and the warm water in a jar
  3. Then add 3 tbsp of dawn dish soap into the jar as well.
  4. Shake the mixture and pour it into a garden sprayer.


Use the garden sprayer to spray the lawn with the mixture. Make sure to spray the molehills as well. Doing this will discourage the moles from wanting to be in your yard because they hate the smell of castor oil and dish soap. If you see any moles pour or spray the mixture directly onto them. Make sure not to pour too much because they might drown.


This was a simple yet effective way of getting rid of moles without harming them. I will now be answering some frequently asked questions related to moles in yards.



Can cats get rid of ground moles?

Most cats can get rid of ground moles with ease, but I do not recommend getting a cat for the sole purpose of this only. This is because, maybe your cat won’t catch the moles, and not only that, they are pets and they require a lot of care. Another reason why you shouldn’t get cats to catch ground moles is that they will kill them. This is bad because cats usually hide the things they kill so you’ll have a hard time finding where the foul smell is coming from.



Can mothballs get rid of moles in your yard?

It is said that mothballs are supposed to repel moles away, and all you have to do is place the mothballs in the holes/tunnels where the mole is. I personally don’t use mothballs as they are very toxic not only to animals such as dogs and cats but to humans as well.



Can you keep moles away with coffee grounds?

While most rodents hate the smell of ground coffee, it still might not be enough to repel moles. This does not mean it isn’t worth a try. When doing this all you have to do is sprinkle the coffee ground all over your lawn or at the mole tunnel entrance.



Will Borax get rid of moles?

The answer to this is yes. While it is more effective to try the dawn dish soap and castor oil method this one still works if the infestation is mild. To get rid of moles with borax, the first thing you need to do I mix warm water and borax together and pour the mixture into the tunnels and holes in your yard. The smell of the borax will keep away the moles.



How much does yard mole removal cost?

The prices may vary depending on where you live, the amount of moles you have in your yard, etc, but the average price to exterminate moles is around $250.





I hope this article showed you how to get rid of moles with dawn soap. If you are interested in other ways you can use dawn dish soap then click here.

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