Mole Damage in Lawns

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What Are Moles?

Moles are ground–dwelling carnivores that prefer to eat insects instead of your plants and lawn. However, their underground tunnels can ruin your lawn and landscaping.

Their presence in unusually large numbers might be due to a high population of soil pests. This maybe an indication that it is time to spray for grubs and other soil dwelling insects.

Identification

How to Identify Moles in your lawn:

Moles are surprising little mammals with pointed muzzles, tiny eyes, and bodies shaped like Idaho potatoes. In motion they actually swim along underground, using wide front flippers to part the soil as they go. They prefer moist, loamy soil and are most active in the early morning or evening in the spring or fall; they also come out after a warm rain.

Moles have the distinguishing characteristic of a hairless, pointed snout. Their small eyes and ear canals are concealed by fur, and they do not have external ears. They have very large and broad forefeet with webbed toes. Their hind feet or more narrow and have slender claws. They are usually about 7 inches in length and weigh about 4 pounds.

Mole Damage:

Moles usually feed on insect pests, grubs, and soil organisms, including beneficial ones like earthworms.
Unlike vegetarian voles, moles dig deep. Their tunnels are usually at least ten inches underground, unless they’re scanning the surface in search of a mate. Check your soil and lawn for their tunnels. They will look like raised volcano-shaped swellings in your yard.
Surface tunnels or ridges also indicate mole activity.

Control and Prevention

How to Get Rid of Moles:

  • Call Natural State Horticare. We will apply an organic product that establishes a barrier for up to 3 months.
  • Moles are carnivores that make themselves at home in lawns rich in grubs and insects. When their food supply is disrupted they will vacate willingly.
  • If you have a persistent mole problem and are cool with mole carcasses, the best solution is trapping. Frankly, this is often the only way to get rid of moles. There are “humane” traps. If you happen to catch a mole release the them at least 5 miles from your home in a rural area away from someone else’s garden.

Prevent Moles

  • Check out your soil for the presence of pests; if you have a lot of moles, you probably have an oversupply of grubs and bugs.
    If you want to protect specific plants, dig a 2- to 3-foot hole and line the sides and bottom of the hole with wire mesh. Fill the hole with soil and plant.
  • Where you are determined to try bulbs, make a small “cage” of ½-inch mesh screen. Place several bulbs inside, root plate down and bury the entire cage at the proper depth. Rodents won’t be able to chew through, but roots and stems can grow out. Note: moles are often blamed for the damaged caused by field mice.

Learn more about moles and what they do in your yard. Do you have comments or questions about moles? Let us know below!