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How To Control Molesmole control

While there are a number of different pests which can intrude upon your lawn, there’s probably no bigger threat to a yard than the mole. While cartoons, movies and TV shows often depict moles as cute, furry and cuddly little underground living creatures, there’s nothing cute about these moles in real life.

When they venture upon a lawn and begin going to town with their burrowing habits they not only can destroy the look of your lawn, they can create walking hazards that are hidden in the grass. If you are encountering a mole problem on your property, Solutions Pest & Lawn can help you with our helpful DIY tips and outstandingly effective product recommendations that are proven to get rid of moles.

Moles are relentless when it comes to digging burrows and are on a never-ending search for food to satisfy their insatiable appetites. Wherever lawn insect and lawn worm populations are high, moles will be there to dig and feast on insects, completely disregarding the damage they do to a homeowner’s lawn as they burrow.

Moles are rarely seen above ground unless they stick their head out of a mound they built for a short time before going back under. The biggest indication of a mole being present are raised mounds appearing in the yard practically overnight. Mole burrows do tremendous damage to plant life as root systems are damaged due to the burrowing.

As frustrating as a mole being present in your yard or garden may be, they can be overcome with some smart DIY approaches and high-qualityy professional DIY mole control products, which we have here at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

Shop our selection of mole control products below and scroll further to learn our easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions to get rid of a mole off of your property.

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How To Get Rid of Moles: 4 Step Solution

There are several methods available that are effective in controlling moles who have trespassed onto your turf. The most common options include repellents, bait and trapping. We recommend using a combination of all three for greater chance of success and to get rid of the offending mole quicker. Here are the steps we suggest in approaching mole control the DIY way.

 

Step 1: IDENTIFICATION - You need to make sure that the rodent you have on your property digging holes and causing havoc is indeed a mole. Moles can often be confused with other burrowing pests like gophers, groundhogs, and woodchucks. Also moles are rarely seen above ground to get a good look at them. Aside from catching a glimpse of a mole and matching its characteristics with the description, we’ve noted above, the way you can be certain they are moles is to look for clues such as the dirt mounds that are made.

 

Mole mounds are usually made in a perfect circle fashion and are smaller while the mound of a gopher is more cylindrical and larger. If you need more help identifying a mole, you can contact us at identification@solutionsstores.com. Send some photos our way of the burrowing creature, the mounds or anything else that can help and we will correctly identify the animal and also give you helpful control recommendations.

 

Step 2: INSPECTION - This step goes along with the first step in that you will need to inspect the damage done to your lawn to ensure it is mole damage. You will also have to see which tunnels are active before moving forward with control. Look for raised ridges or soil that have been upheaved. Moles move around to where the food they are looking for, mostly insects, is plentiful. Inspect these mole mounds with a probe but sticking the probe a couple of inches from the displaced dirt, if the probe gives no resistance in the soil, you’ve found your tunnel.  

 

Step 3: CONTROL - On As we mentioned earlier, it’s better to use a combination of mole control methods rather than just one: traps, repellents, and baits. We have a number of lethal mole traps such as Answer Mechanical Mole Trap or Talpirid Mole Trap. Set these traps up in the active tunnel just inside the opening, following the product directions.

 

For repellents, we suggest using Mole Scram, a natural mole repellent, Scatter this product inside an active tunnel and when the mole consumes it, they will be repulsed and will ideally leave the area as a result. You can also use baits such as  Talpirid Mole Bait which are molded to look like white grub worms. Place this in an active tunnel and this will poison the mole.

 

Step 4: PREVENTION -  While total prevention of moles may not be feasible as moles can be quite erratic and unpredictable in their quest for insects to satisfy their stomachs, there are some things you can do to make your home less appealing to moles. The main preventative measure we recommend is getting rid of the insect issue on your lawn, which is the main reason moles will hang around your property. If the insect population is depleted on your lawn, moles won’t want to stick around and will go elsewhere in search for food. Using a granule spreader, spread out Bifen LP Granules around your lawn. This will kill off worms, grubs and other common lawn insects on your lawn, drying up the food source for the mole.

 

By carefully following these steps, you can completely get rid of a mole issue and keep moles gone with the help of our expert advice and DIY mole control products! For more assistance contact us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com

 

mole invades a yardLearn More About Moles

Moles are a unique part of the rodent/wildlife family and can be a terror in a residential area.  They are surprisingly common but hardly ever seen. Moles spend practically their entire lives into total darkness under the ground, constantly digging to hunt and move their way around under the earth's surface. Their digging habits are known to cause a lot of destruction to lawns, gardens and golf courses, and can drive home owners and business owners nuts.

Moles are burrowing carnivores which prefer to eat insects instead of your garden plants. However, the underground tunnels they drill can ruin your garden and lawn making your yard look extremely unsightly and also can allow easy access to your plants for other rodents.

Moles are mammals and can be easily identified by their signature burrowing tendencies and their characteristics that are practically tailor-made to dig tunnels. Moles are between 6 to 8 inches long, have long pointed snouts, brown or gray dark fur and have oversized feet with large sharp claws to help them burrow and dig easily through soil.

 

Mole are found on the continents of North America, Asia and Europe. There are about 7 different species of mole found in the United States, but the most common one is known as the Eastern mole (scalopus aquaticus).Moles range in size between 4 to 11’’ long (including their tail) and they are characterized by brown or grey colored fur, a cylindrical body and a short tail. Most notably are their small hind feet and larger for feet which are perfect for digging.

 

The pink tip of a moles snout is covered with thousands of tiny projections richly supplied with nerve endings. Highly sensitive, these special organs detect, scene, humidity, air pressure, temperature and even infrared radiation.

 

Contrary to common belief, the mole is not blind, they just have very tiny eyes that look like they concealed or closed shut. Their eyes are not of much use to them anyway since it’s dark underground. Instead, they use their highly developed snout and touch. Their sensitive hairs are able to pick up tiny vibrations via contact with the soil.

 

Habitat of the Mole

The mole prefers to live and stay underground in darkness where they burrow and forage for food. Moles are known for creating an extensive network of underground tunnels so they can travel quickly and efficiently as well as hunt for food..

 

Due to their preference for digging in soil that is moist and loose, they are primarily found in fields, meadows, orchards, and anywhere there is plenty of shady areas rather than in residential landscapes.

 

A single mole can have a territory which can cover a range up to nearly 3 acres! Each moles personal territory is marked by distinctive body scent and droppings.

 

Mole eating a grub.Mole Diet

Moles primarily eat insects. To survive, an adult male must eat at least half of its bodyweight in worms or grubs daily. It’s no wonder that pasture land rich in worms are so popular with tunneling moles. This is a great frustration for farmers who have to constantly deal with the looming threat of moles ruining their land.

 

Moles don’t actually eat vegetables at all while some may think they do. Uprooted plants are merely innocent casualties in the moles urgent quest for slimy worms and grubs.

 

Mole Behavior and Tendencies

Moles are active all day long and at night. While moles are active all year round, there is less activity when temperatures are either extremely high or extremely low. They are most active after rainfall since these are ideal times for them to dig due to the extra moist soils.

 

Moles spend the majority of their days digging tunnels in search of worms and grubs to eat. When digging these tunnels, moles tend to follow man-made edges like fence lines or building foundations. On occasion, moles will stop to push the loosened soil to the surface, resulting in the creation of mounds or molehills.

 

A mole won’t tolerate holes in the roof of its tunnel and by shifting material from below it, the mole skillfully repairs the holes.

 

The Mole Life Cycle

Mating season begins in the later part of winter. A male mole would abandon their burrow system in search of a mate during this time of year. It’s thought that males are able to smell the female tunnels from near the surface and that they occasionally break into them to test for an encouraging scent. Adult male moles often compete and fight over a female to mate with.

 

The mating process does not have much tenderness as females often try to chase a male off and is in defensive mode but eventually submits to the mating ritual. Females are pregnant for 42 days, after which time females give birth to 2-5 baby moles. After a month, a baby mole does not need the mother any longer and becomes independent.

 

Most moles are solitary animals who prefer to be left alone and only come in contact with one another for the purposes of mating. The star-nosed mole species is the only species believed to live colonially with other moles. Within the other species, mole populations may range from 1 mole per 6 acres to up to 5 moles per 1 acre.

 

severe mole problemInspecting For Moles

While some landowners feel moles are beneficial to their land because of their insect diet clearing the area of destructive pests, for the most part, the damage outweighs the good they bring to an area. The best way to inspect the area for the presence of a mole is to check for mole damage.

 

The most obvious sign of moles being present are the sight of molehills. These are cone-shaped mounds of soil ranging between 6-24 inches in diameter and 2-8 inches high. The entrances are softly covered. Aside from this there are mole runs, these are ridges of pushed up soil about three inches wide caused by a tunnelling mole moving around underground.

 

How to Approach Mole Control

To eliminate moles from an area, it will take a well planned approach. One way you can get rid of moles is by environmental modification. Moles like to invade areas where soil is soft and moist to dig and hunt for worms. Making the ground in your yard less appealing to moles will push them out naturally as they will seek elsewhere to live.

 

Some things you could do is compact the soil using a lawn roller which makes it tougher for moles to dig through. You could replace traditional soil or mulch with drier materials like clay or gravel or take steps to reduce moisture in the soil by improving drainage in your yard.

 

mole trapSelecting A Mole Control Method

There are a number of different ways you can address a mole problem. It’s important to note that using a combination of control method works best if you want to get rid of a mole quickly as as opposed to using one single method of control. This will give you a better chance to get rid of moles and keep them off your land.

 

Mole Repellents are a good option to eliminate a mole problem as feeding on a repellent will repulse the mole and will make them no longer want to feed in your yard, thus driving them out. We have a variety of repellent options you can select to try and get rid of your mole problem.

 

Aside from granular repellents, you could also use an ultrasonic repellent to scare off moles. Moles are almost blind, so they rely heavily on their sensitive ears and sense of touch to find their way around. The noises of the ultrasonic repellent will make it uncomfortable for the moles to stay around. This is via the mechanism creating piercing noise which penetrates the soil and irritates moles which will through them off and make them want to seek a more quiet and peaceful environment.

 

Mole Trapping is another effective way to eliminate a mole from an area they have inhabited. Using a mole trap such as the Talpirid Mole Trap in conjunction with Victor Moleworms can take care of your mole problem.

 

Simply place the trap in an active mole tunnel and set the trigger and before long, the mole will be captured. Before setting a trap, you will need to identify which tunnels are active. To determine this, use something to poke holes in the tunnels. Mark these holes with lawn flags, being careful not to crush the tunnels as you walk.

 

After 24 hours, revisit the tunnels. If any of the holes are sealed with dirt, this indicates mole activity. We have various mole traps which work differently so refer to the package instruction for proper placement.

 

Mole baits are a way to poison the mole and kill it. We have various options you can use with this as well. The mole baits we carry are designed to mimic the moles natural food source, the grub or earthworm, in both shape and feel. These can kill in a single feeding and moles usually die in their tunnels within 1 to 2 days of ingesting the bait. Again, use the label directions to see how to properly place the bait for best results since different products have instructions that vary a bit.

 

Preventing Moles From Coming Back

To prevent future mole infestation, make your yard as mole unfriendly as possible. Moles like soft damp earth because it’s easier to dig through and attract the juicy worms,grubs and other bugs they feed on. Changing these conditions is key for deterring mole activity. Use products that control grubs and insects in your lawn in order to limit moles food supply.

 

Avoiding over watering your lawn. A deep watering once a week should be enough to keep your lawn looking healthy without welcoming moles.

 

Additional Resources:

 

Facts About Moles - Live Science

 

Identifying Moles, Voles and Shrews - Penn State Extension

 

The Difference Between Voles and Moles | New York State IPM Program

 

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