Wondering what is making the piles of dirt or telltale tunneling in your yard? While you may never see a mole above ground they certainly can leave a mess throughout your landscaping or garden. If the eyesore piles of dirt and debris isn’t enough to make you act, the tunneling should press you into taking action to rid your yard of these pests. Moles can destroy root systems and devastate plantings and lawn growth. Let’s take a look at moles and how you can prevent and eradicate them from your property.
Identifying Moles –
Moles are small mammals adapted to a subterranean lifestyle. They have cylindrical bodies, velvety fur, very small, inconspicuous ears and eyes, reduced hind limbs and short, powerful forelimbs with large paws adapted for digging. Moles have been found to tolerate higher levels of carbon dioxide than other mammals, because their blood cells have a special and unique hemoglobin protein. Moles are able to reuse the oxygen inhaled when above ground, and as a result, are able to survive in low-oxygen environments such as underground burrows.
If you find that a mole is, in fact, the critter that is destroying your lawn your best bet is to contact a lawn care company like Pro-Tech Landscaping to evaluate the situation and create an eradication plan. There are scored of reports discussing the easiest or newest method to control your mole problem.
Trapping seems to be the most common method to used to rid a yard of these amazing diggers. If you are thinking about going it alone, be prepared for several things: getting very dirty, spending a substantial amount of time trapping and finally getting up close and personal with at least one mole. Trapping involves figuring out which tunnel is active and the best place to set a trap. Once you have found a mole and relocated it to a field far away from your home, the job may not be over. Where there is one mole there may be many. In addition, moles like to take over the tunnels of other moles. If any of these things make you nervous, contact a professional. Pro-Tech can not only get rid of your mole issue but also advise you on how to reconstruct your lawn after the tunnels have been fixed.