can moles damage septic system?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread
We recently noticed that the ground where our at-grade septic system is - the leach field I think it's called - is riddled with mole holes. The septic system was just put in last year, I think the moles were attracted to the newly-dug dirt.
Other than ruining the lawn and making it difficult to mow, can the moles damage the septic system?
-- Jane in southwest WI (email@example.com), April 17, 2002
I have been on septic for several years and we have gillions of moles! They are near the surface and your lateral lines are much deeper. Or..they should be. Don't worry.
-- corky wolf (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 17, 2002.
Seems to me that the mole action of making tunnels and loosening soil would actually help a septic system rather than hinder it.
Don't think that they will chew on PVC which I suppose your system is.
-- Notforprint (Not@thekeyboard.com), April 17, 2002.
If you want to get rid of the moles just plant a tall glass pop bottle with the neck of it about 3 inches sticking out of the dirt. It makes echo noises and they can't take it and move on. Make sure to paint a rock white and sit it beside the neck of the soda bottle so you don't hit it with the lawn mower!! We had moles real bad when I was a kid and they were eatting up the garden. A friend of my moms told her to do this and by gosh it worked for us. Good Luck. I would not think they could hurt the septic but call the local septic guys in your area and ask.
-- Teresa (email@example.com), April 18, 2002.
I like the soda bottle idea... cheap and frugal! Any idea on the density of bottles used? Did she place them in/near the tunnels or just randomly throughout the garden?
-- otter360 (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 18, 2002.
If something is eating your garden it's not moles. Moles are insect eaters. Maybe gophers? Hence, I don't think moles would bite into pipe. I'd like to try the bottle method for my gophers ! They are ruining our lawns and eating all the flowers. Good luck to us all !
-- cindy palmer (email@example.com), April 18, 2002.