Asked on Nov 23, 2017

Does a small amount of chlorine from Clorox ruin grass used in mole-

by Dan30593042
-holes if quickly sealed? The chorline would kill or drive them away? Correct?

  11 answers
  • Cathy Almon Cathy Almon on Nov 23, 2017
    Please let me know. We are going nuts with gophers and moles and have tried everything we can think of.

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    • Cathy Almon Cathy Almon on Nov 24, 2017
      Thanks for the info

  • Susan Snyder Susan Snyder on Nov 24, 2017
    As long as it’s poured directly into the hole the grass should be fine. That said, the Clorox will NOT permanently drive them away. Temporarily, perhaps, but not for good. The Clorox will get absorbed by the ground and quickly dissipate and evaporate.
    It’s likely the moles are under your lawn because they’re feasting on grubs in the root system of the grass. Grubs are their main and favorite food source.
    What you need to do is lift up a section of grass where you find mole tunnels and check for grubs. When you find them, you have 2 options: treat your grass to kill the grubs, or put down bait to poison the moles. (Places like Home Depot carry both.)

  • Roland Ronish Roland Ronish on Nov 24, 2017
    Moles are friends in disguise. They eat lots of the more damaging grubs. Get rid of the bad guys and the moles leave.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Nov 24, 2017
    I also read that chlorine doesn't solve the problem. If you want them to move on, start flooding their tunnels daily for a week or two. It won't kill them but they don't like the water so they will move on to find another place to live. Also, Susan is right. Their favorite food is grubs so if you have issues with Japanese Beetles the moles will take care of that.

  • Bev17926046 Bev17926046 on Nov 24, 2017
    I have seen neighbors pouring powdered Tide into mole holes to get rid of them.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Nov 24, 2017
    Nope. What you are reading about is chlorine GAS. You have to find and seal all holes to keep the mole from escaping. Liquid Clorox will just make the mole go further into his tunnel or another escape tunnel he has dug. Get a mole trap and follow the directions. That's the best way.

  • Alice Elaine Lord Alice Elaine Lord on Nov 24, 2017
    My parents and neighbors used to lay a sheet of plastic on the lawn for a few days and the grubs would come to the surface. They would pick them out and put them in a can and move the plastic sheet to the next area to get rid of the grubs and cut worms. For moles they used to have gas you lit and put in the hole and covered it up or mole traps..
    I don't have either of these but that was the old way.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Nov 24, 2017
    I saturated a rag with HOUSEHOLD AMMONIA, put it into a small ziploc bag, snipped the corner off and then stuffed into the hole. I got rid of a groundhog this way so it should work well for moles.

    • Dan30593042 Dan30593042 on Nov 24, 2017
      thanks mucho.....good idea with ammonia, a nitrogen compound, probably would be better.

  • Lyn2398900 Lyn2398900 on Nov 24, 2017
    For Moles: 1/4 c. castor oil, 2T. liquid detergent, put in blender. Add 6T. water and blend again. 2T. in 1 gallon water, pour where mole hills are.
    Worth a try!

  • Donna Siegel Donna Siegel on Aug 21, 2020

    Yes! The castor oil helps. They try to escape but a few days later, the come back with all they're friends and tear everything up. It seems that you have to spray every other day and hopefully, eventually, they will leave for good.🤪

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 06, 2021

    Hello, Pouring down a small dose of bleach and ammonia into a gopher hole is a tried and tested method to kill gophers. Ideally set up your garden hose over a gopher hole and pour down a gallon of each, ammonia and bleach.