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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.

Mole Background Information

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.

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.

 

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

 

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