Tired of spending months preparing your yard just to have your hard work messed up by a pesky mole? Moles can take over your yard anytime throughout the year and go weeks unnoticed until the damage to your landscape has already occurred. A few signs you have a mole infestation:
- Raised mounds of dirt. These occur where the entrance/exit to mole tunnels can be found.
- Areas of dead grass that have a specific path of travel.
- Areas of your lawn feeling “soft” or like the soil is very squishy and loose.
At Scott’s Turf and Pest Services we get tons of calls concerning mole control every single year because safely removing the pests are quite difficult and require professional experience. In the state of North Carolina moles are on the endangered species list, which makes safely removing moles a priority. In this blog we cover the identification, management, and removal of moles found in your yard.
How Identify Moles?
Moles, like many invasive pests live, underground. This means that as they develop their habitat and hunt for food they will remove soil from from the channels and push it upwards creating mounds of dirt on the surface of the yard. Once theses mounds are visible to the human eye it is almost guaranteed you have a mole issue at hand. But if you are still unsure of which rodent family member your are dealing with below are a few characteristics of moles to look for:
- Velvety fur
- Small eyes and ears
- Large front paws
- Narrow nose, like a snout
- Tiny body, 4.4 to 6.25 inches in length
What Causes Moles
One of the biggest tasks of successful pest control is identifying where the pest problem began. In most cases, moles are likely to be an issue on lawns where the soil is soft and easily tunneled. They especially prefer moist terrain and areas with easy access to large amounts of insects to call home.
The reason pests, such as moles, can be concerning to a home owner is because as they travel through the soil to eat earthworms and other bugs found only underground they will destroy the land structure. So this means that too much watering can make your lawn very desirable to moles, especially if surrounding other areas that are quite dry.
How to Prevent Moles
To prevent moles and other pest problems, it is important that you take measures to eliminate the insects and garden plants that supply them energy before you even have an issue. By removing their food source and limiting the amount you water your lawn you will greatly decrease your chances of attracting moles, voles, and other common pests. Additionally, regular use of repellant around the perimeter of your yard should drastically reduce the chance of pest from entering your property service areas.
If you are still facing the threat of moles or other invasive rodents, you may need to place traps or contact a professional pest control company.
What Do Mole Hills Look Like?
Mole hills, also called mole mounds, are often described as little volcanoes. The mounds will band together and look like small ridges all throughout your yard. The purpose of the mounds is to protect the underground network of tunnels caused by the unique travel pattern of moles as their search for bugs and other sources of food.
There are two types of mole tunnels:
- Surface runways, barely raised brown streaks that don’t have grass, which indicate the tunnels are just under the topsoil.
- Deep tunnels, which are usually 3-feet underground and are more long term, complex homes for many moles. You can identify these only by the mole tunnel entrance and exits.
In most cases, no matter the type if you are able to identify raised ridges or dirt mounds on your lawn it’s a tell tell sign that your are in need of mole control services.
Moles vs. Voles
Unfortunately, moles are not the only mammals responsible for destruction of your yard. They are often confused with other pests, such as the vole (Myodes spp.). While the two species have similar-sounding names, it’s easy to tell them apart: A vole looks more like mice or other members of the rodent family; while a mole is much larger with long, pointed snout and large paddle-like front paws.
Another difference is the destruction they will leave behind if left untreated. Mole mounds are are obvious in appearance, while voles leave behind no mounds at all.
Ways to Get Rid of Moles
Now that we’ve talked about what moles are and where they come from, it’s time to talk about the big question of “How Do I Get Rid of Moles in my Yard?.” At the end of the day there is only one true way to completely eliminate the overall pest problems that come with moles and that is to kill them. However, in many states like North Carolina it is illegal to kill endangered species, such as moles.
This means that the task of getting rid of moles without harming will more than likely come with challenges, so be prepared to repeat your efforts or try different ways. A few ways to safely remove moles and other common pests, include:
- Eliminate Grubs and Insects
- Try Repellants
- Trap the Moles
- Flatten The Tunnels
- Utilize a Sonic Sound Machine
- Hire A Pest Control Company
If the idea of trapping or poisoning moles does not appeal to you, you can try additional methods of repelling the creatures from your property or wait to see if they may leave on their own. Success rates of each method will vary based on the degree of the infestation, but the quickest way to remove moles from your yard in through the treatment programs of a professional pest control company.
Get Rid of Your Mole Problem Today
Scott’s Turf and Pest Services can help eliminate your mole problem today! We have more than 27 years experience and a variety of pest control packages. Our experienced team is always prepared and ready to help protect your home for any pest, just call us at 919-923-2361 or fill out the form below to receive a free quote today.