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Holy mole-y, what happened to my yard?!? So you have not been out to your yard for a while or perhaps it’s time to mow (again). Instead you’re shocked that your lawn is now being vandalized by an unknown varmint. Small ridges and tunnels have now taken over what was your yard and you’re thinking that you’d like nothing more than to escort these unwanted guests back to wherever they came from.
Why do I have them? A mole’s biggest reason to have wrecked your yard is to feed. As earthworms and grubs are staple food sources for the creature, moles will gravitate to yards that are perfect breeding grounds for these invertebrates and moles often will find a lawn that is well maintained and rich in moisture to be premium pickings for a nice meal.
What can I do to help the situation? Aside from having the infestation professionally treated, there are some helpful ways to help eliminate the mole issue and minimize chances of reoccurring. The use of grub control methods can be helpful to minimize food sources, but can be costly, especially if your property is on the larger side of the scale. Constantly monitoring the situation is a necessity with mole treatments.
Is the treatment safe? The Mole Control treatment is safe for humans and pets as our technicians are fully trained to perform these services with your family’s safety in mind.
I’d really rather not have them, so how do I get rid of these things? Moles are a tricky creature to handle and usually need to be professionally treated for full elimination. We at Budget Pest Control offer comprehensive Mole Control treatment plans that include the use of a variety of proven methods in tandem with a close monitoring of the situation.
Call Budget Pest Control 24/7 Our friendly office staff are here to answer any questions you may have about our Mole Control treatments. We can provide you with an estimate right over the phone, or in some situations, we can provide on-site inspections and estimates given by our trained certified field technicians. Either way, we can help ensure your yard is restored to its former glory (or at least…how it used to look).
Moles are subterranean mammals, usually ranging from about 6-7 inches in size on average, and weighing in at around 3 or 4 oz. The most common type of mole in our area is the eastern mole, which is of a dark grey or brown color. The mole has a distinct pink nose and large fleshy-colored front feet, used to power their way through soil.
- Moles are friendly hosts, allowing other small mammals such as voles, field mice and house mice to live in their excavated burrows. These mammals will eat roots, seeds and tubers underground, causing damage that is usually mistakenly blamed on the mole.
- Moles are actually just as blind as they are portrayed in pop culture. They have fused eyelids, and the only function of their eyes is to distinguish between light and dark.
- The starry nosed mole, which exists in our region, has a unique nose with 25,000+ tiny sensory receptors on it, giving it the ability to smell underwater, to sense prey through electrical currents and to detect seismic activity within the Earth.
MYTH: Mole hills in lawns are usually created by a group of moles that inhabit the area.
FACT: Most damage done to a yard by moles is caused by 1 or 2 moles. They’re very solitary creatures but are also incredibly industrious. Moles will work on average about sun-up to sun-down in a day with very little time for resting.
MYTH: Moles only prefer lush, green lawns over anything else.
FACT: While not entirely a myth; moles gravitate to any yard that has moist, loamy soil, as it is perfect harborage for their main food sources- grubs and earthworms. A small side note to this information is that people in valleys or at lower elevations are even more susceptible to possible mole infestation as runoff flows downward, they will pool water under the soil.
- Although you may not need us to tell you this, the biggest indicator of mole infestation will be the appearance of ridges and mounds of dirt on the surface of your lawn/mulch bed/garden.
- Another sign of moles in a yard aside from mounds is the death of plant life in a garden or topiary bed. Moles will unintentionally damage the roots to plants as they move through an area. If you’ve got an issue with plants dying from some unknown affliction, this may be a sign of moles.
- High concentrations of grub or earthworm activity in your yard may be an attractant to moles.