Mole Repellent Review – Repellex Root-Saver

mole-repellent.jpgBurrowing animals such as Moles, Voles, and Gophers, are notorious for destroying the root systems of landscaping shrubs, flower beds, and vegetable gardens. It’s natural for moles to create two types of tunnels. The first, are feeding tunnels. These run just below the surface, and appear as raised ridges above ground. The second type of tunnel is dug deeper, and unites the feeding tunnels. It also creates molehills, and is often the signal that you have a pest problem. We found a few people this summer who had this challenge, and asked them if we could review the results after applying a mole repellent to their inflicted areas.

For our tests, we used “Root-Saver” mole repellent from Repellex Root-Saver is a deterrent available in granular bags, and a ready-to-use 100% organic liquid form. Root-Saver targets moles, voles, and gophers, but also states it’s, “ideal for skunks, field mice, woodchucks, and other burrowing animals”… even armadillos.

Active ingredients are used to dis-flavor food sources, and create an uncomfortable environment. The liquid form includes Castor Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Potassium Sorbate. Paprika and water are listed as inert ingredients. Granular Root-Saver combines Garlic Oil, Castor Oil, Paprika, and Wintergreen Oil. The included emulsifying agents allow the mole repellent to penetrate through the soil, which allows a pest-free environment for up to 90 days. Our tests were conducted in an iris garden, a vegetable garden, and the lawn of a backyard.

Gordon tried the granular version on his back lawn. “I’ve had moles in the backyard, ever since we moved into this place two years ago. They’ll leave molehills, which become a nuisance when mowing. I already had a spreader I’ve used for fertilizer. The bag had easy-to-use instructions, and even included directions for specific spreaders.

After a week of spreading the repellent, I actually noticed an increase of molehills. I’d read that this could be expected, because of increased activity. After about three weeks, the hills were about gone when mowing. We have a field behind us, and they moved there.”

Janet used Root-Saver on her iris garden. “Last year I lost a few iris to moles. They ran a path straight through the North corner. When it was announced at Garden Club that Mike (editor of, would provide mole repellents to any member with pest problems, I grabbed a bottle.

repellex-root-saver-repellent.jpgThere was activity just outside the garden, and I was worried the moles would move in. The bottle easily hooked up to a garden hose for spraying. I probably used only 1/3 of the bottle. I sprayed the iris, and surrounding area as suggested. The activity moved behind the fenceline. I’ll use Root-Saver again next year, even if I don’t see activity.”

Similar results were seen when sprayed around a vegetable garden. Mole activity moved.

Our reviewers were all happy with the Root-Saver Mole, Vole and Gopher Repellent. Root-Saver is available online.

5 Simple Deer Repellent Tips

deer-repellent-tips.jpgWhen you’ve taken the time, and money to plant flowers, shrubs, or a vegetable garden, you want to keep them safe from nibbling deer. How do you do it? Well here’s five simple tips to remember when deciding on using deer repellent.

Start early – Protect your plants early. Start by spraying deer repellent in early Spring. Give your garden, shrubs, or other area you want protected, a shot of deer repellent at the beginning of the planting season. Your deterrent will be in place before the deer start coming around, and inflicting damage.

Change it up – Deer become accustomed to tastes or smells. Deer also become timid when something new is introduced into their environment. Rather than just changing the brand of deer repellent you’re using, identify what the active ingredient is. Then, change the active ingredient. Some competing brands may use the same active ingredient, yet in different strengths.

Trigger all the senses – When possible, try to affect as many senses of the deer as possible. Sight, sound, smell, and taste are all vulnerable areas of our four-legged friends. Targeting two of the senses at the same time will make it that much more intimidating to the deer. That’s why we suggest using a Our #1 Rated (which deters the deer by making your plants taste foul, or carry an offensive odor) deer repellent, in combination with a motion activated repellent such as a scarecrow sprinkler. This way you also affect the deer’s sight and sound vulnerabilities.

Edible or inedible – Determine which type of deer repellent you’ll be using on your edible and inedible plants. Be sure to spray both types of forage when they are completely dry. Reapply your deterrent to the inedible plants more frequently, and after heavy rain showers. There are different strengths of deer repellents for garden plants. You’ll be eating vegetables from those, so the repellent washes off. Repellent for shrubs and flowers usually contains an ingredient to help it stick. Make sure and read the label carefully.

Deterrent plants – We all have our favorite plants that we grow. When possible though, remove the initial temptation from the equation. Introducing deer resistant plants with certain types of flowers or shrubs that the deer don’t have a sweet tooth for, is a deer repellent in an indirect way.

Following these five steps will lead you on the way to keeping your plants safe, and the deer where they belong, out of your garden!

Repellent Review will be testing some popular brands of deer repellent this summer, and into the Fall, when deer grazing becomes busy. Be sure to bookmark us, and return back then to get the results of our deer repellent showdown!