Moles are ground–dwelling carnivores that prefer to eat insects instead of your garden plants. Okay, so if they aren’t eating your plants, then there is no problem right? Wrong! The underground tunnels associated with these animals can ruin your garden and lawn and make for easy access to your plants for other rodents. Since moles are underground so much you probably have not even seen them around your yard. That is why we thought it might be a good idea to discuss how to identify a mole and what to do if they have have found their way into your yard or worse yet, under your garden.
Moles are surprising little mammals with pointed muzzles, tiny eyes, and potato-shaped bodies. They grow to be 6 to 8 inches long and have gray to black velvety fur. Moles’ large front feet have long claws that dig much like a hoe. They are often confused with pocket gophers, ground squirrels, and voles. Moles tend to live underground so spotting them can be hard. In fact, you may never actually see a mole but rather see the destruction in the wake of the digging associated with these pests.
Signs that a mole has made it on to your property include: tunnels with piles of dirt with ridges. Since moles dig fairly deep, the tunnels will look like raised volcano-shaped swellings in your yard. Moles prefer moist areas where the grubs and worms are plentiful. Many times the tunnels follow along a foundation, driveway or lawn boarder. You may find these any time of year as they are active all year round.
Once you (or preferably a professional) have identified that, indeed you do have a mole, you will want to discuss options for excluding it from your yard. Home remedies are less effective than trapping by professionals and poisons can cause all sorts of problems with your health and safety if you don’t know what you are doing. Pro-Tech Lawn Care can evaluate your tunnels and see if they are gophers or moles and take the appropriate action to rid them from your lawn!