Moles can be a gardener’s worst nightmare, as they can rapidly destroy yards. However, many methods can be used to control moles, including trapping, gassing, poisoning, and deterrents. Proper and consistent application of these methods will help to keep mole populations under control, but it may be impossible to get rid of them completely. Effective mole control and maintenance is the key to keeping them away for good. For more information on mole removal services, or to hire a professional service in South Carolina, click here
What are moles and why are they a problem for gardeners and lawncare enthusiasts
Moles are small mammals that can be a nuisance to gardeners and lawncare enthusiasts. They are often considered to be pests because of the damage they can inflict on yards and gardens. Moles typically invade yards in search of food, as they feed on earthworms and other invertebrates. They can also damage plants and trees by tunneling through the soil.
Moles are not always easy to get rid of, as there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The most effective way to get rid of moles depends on the particular situation and the preferences of the homeowner.
Are Moles Dangerous?
Moles are not considered to be dangerous to humans, but they can cause property damage. Their tunnels can also be a tripping hazard. They are heavy carriers of rabies but this is always a potential concern. If you have been potentially scratched or bitten by any animal, please consult with the CDC, DNR, or your local healthcare professional.
Why Moles invade yards
Moles are often attracted to yards because of the food that is available there. They feed on earthworms and other invertebrates, which can be plentiful in lawns and gardens. Moles may also invade yards in search of shelter, as they prefer to live in dark, moist environments.
Moles can be a nuisance to homeowners, as they can damage plants and trees by tunneling through the soil. They can also cause extensive damage to lawns and gardens. Homeowners who are dealing with a mole infestation may want to consider hiring a professional pest control service to get rid of the moles.
Will an Underground Fence Keep Them Out?
Many homeowners attempt to keep moles out of their yards by installing an underground fence. However, this is not always an effective solution. Moles are able to burrow under fences and escape. Additionally, the installation of an underground fence can be expensive and time-consuming, not to mention dangerous if there are buried cables in the yard.
Are some yards more attractive to moles than others?
Moles are attracted to yards that have a lot of food available. They are particularly drawn to yards that have a lot of earthworms. If a homeowner wants to discourage moles from invading their yard, they should remove any food sources that may be attracting them. This may include removing fallen leaves and debris, keeping the lawn trimmed and mowing regularly, and avoiding putting out bird feeders.
Does the soil in the yard matter?
Moles prefer to live in dark, moist environments and the type of soil in a yard can influence their activity level. Loamy soils are ideal for moles, as they provide the moisture and darkness that moles crave. If a homeowner has sandy or clay-based soil, this may make their yard less attractive to moles.
How to effectively control and maintain mole populations
There are a number of methods that can be used to control mole populations, including trapping, gassing, poison and deterrents. Proper and consistent application of these methods will help to keep mole populations under control, but it may be impossible to get rid of them completely. Effective mole control and maintenance is the key to keeping them away for good.
Is there a “best mole trap”?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to mole traps. Some mole traps work better than others depending on the situation. Homeowners need to do their research before selecting a trap so that they can choose the one that is most likely to be successful in trapping moles in their yard.
Do all mole traps kill moles?
No, not all mole traps kill moles. Some traps simply capture them so that they can be relocated. However, other traps may kill the mole. It is important to read the instructions carefully before using a mole trap to make sure that it will effectively capture or kill the mole.
What types of Mole Repellents work?
When it comes to mole control, there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution. Many professionals use castor oil to deter the animals which can work if applied properly. Mixing a bit of dish soap or laundry soap with castor oil makes it a bit longer-lasting and more effective. Sonic devices and other commercial mole-repellent devices only seem to have the effect of changing where the mole does the damage and do not have the desired effect of solving the mole problem. Ultimately, there is no substitute for a good mole trap and a trained eye to deploy it properly in a mole tunnel.
Is it legal to poison moles?
Check with your local jursidiction, but normally it is. Using mole baits to address an existing mole problem can be effective. Ensure to put the mole bait into a tunnel where the animal will encounter it. There are some problems will mole bait or poison.
- The animal must consume enough toxic baits to die, which is based on its body weight
- The poison must be placed just below soil surface, which makes it accessible to other animals finding it. Since most are worm shaped baits, they will appear to be a food item for other animals
- It is difficult to know if the animal has been dispatched
We recommend kill traps to prevent moles and mole damage.
Do Moles eat plant roots?
No. Your plant and shrub root systems are safe from moles. The primary food sources are earthworms, grubs, and other insects. Most mole activity in a yard is feeding tunnels. These tunnels are haphazard and constitute the bulk of mole problems in general since mole activity tends to be everywhere as they seek out a food source.
It is important to note, that if you’re attempting to catch moles, feeding tunnels are the worst place to leave a trap. Once moles leave a feeding tunnel, they rarely come back.
Do Moles have Natural Predators?
Moles are pretty low on the food chain but because most of their life is underground, they tend to not be preyed upon very often. If you’re seeing raised ridges in your yard, you likely have moles and you can’t count on the local hawk population to remove the moles that have invaded. You’ll need to remove the food source, which is usually impossible since there is no effective way to limit earthworm activity.
Home Remedies and Other Methods
Moles have subsurface runways that allow them to travel freely. In short, they can come and go as they please. The only real natural barrier is the water table below the surface. Because of this, home remedies, habitat modification, or changing landscaping elements, are generally considered not to be a reliable method for the long term, and soon the moles and raised ridges will likely return.
How much traveling does a mole do?
Typically, moles can dig about 60 feet an hour in damp soil and generally have a range of about 300-400 yards. If digging through loose dirt, moles can travel even faster. Because they leave raised ridges, it is easy to assume that there is a whole army moles in the yard.
Because moles travel so readily, it’s important to “walk down” the mounds so that the yard doesn’t have an excess of dead grass. While moles don’t feed on roots, the tunneling that moles create will disrupt root systems, resulting in dead grass. Walking down the mounds will protect root systems until the moles can be removed.
How can I tell if I have Moles, Voles, Armadillos or Gophers
Your professional exterminator can tell you for sure, but most of the time, other pests will not inhabit the same area as moles because they compete for the same food source. Sometimes the tunnel entrance will be different. Gopher mounds and the type made by meadow voles are distinctly different from the raised ridges running throughout a yard created by moles.
Are all Mole Tunnels the same?
No, not all mole tunnels are the same. Moles create two types of tunnels: shallow tunnels and deep tunnels. Shallow tunnels are used for surface travel and deep tunnels are used for nesting and storage. Homeowners can tell which type of tunnel is being used by the appearance of the mole mounds of earth that are created on the surface. Mole mounds that are less than 2 inches high are likely to be shallow tunnel, while a mound that is more than 2 inches high is likely to be a deep tunnel.
Additionally, the shallow mole tunnels are used for two purposes: Foraging for food and traveling. Being able to tell the difference in the tunnelling activity is the first step to understanding how to solve the mole problem and controlling nuisance moles.
Is gas or poison more effective than trapping?
There is no definitive answer when it comes to which method is more effective – gas or poison vs trapping – as each situation is different. Some homeowners may find that gas or poison is more effective than trapping, while others may find that trapping is more successful for them. Homeowners need to assess their needs and preferences before deciding on a method of extermination.
Should I hire a professional?
Hiring a professional pest control service is often the best option for homeowners who are dealing with a mole infestation. Professionals have the experience and expertise to get rid of moles quickly and efficiently. They will be able to assess the situation and recommend the best method for getting rid of moles in your yard.
-Benefits of professional mole control services
- Professional mole control services can help homeowners get rid of moles quickly and efficiently.
- Professionals have the experience and expertise to assess the situation and recommend the best method for getting rid of moles in your yard.
- Professionals usually have access to better equipment and materials, and more importantly, have experience using them.
- Professionals can usually assess the situation more objectively
Metro Wildlife and Pest Control can help
If you’re dealing with a mole infestation, the best solution is to hire a professional pest control service. Metro Wildlife and Pest Control has the experience and expertise to get rid of moles quickly and efficiently. They will be able to assess the situation and recommend the best method for getting rid of moles in your yard.
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