Mole Eradication Options
Before considering mole eradication
for your lawn now looking like a jigsaw puzzle of raised ridges, consider the benefit of having moles on your
- If you are going “Green” and eliminating the use of chemicals on your lawn,
moles can help reduce the amount of grubworms and cutworms that love to eat your backyard plants. Being
carnivorous for the most part, a single mole can consume over a hundred grubworms and cutworms a
Moles also eat earthworms, ant pupae, spiders, beetles, wireworms and
centipedes. Moles will eat some plant material which may include grains of newly planted corn but very little
if their favorite carnivorous meals are available. Most plant material destroyed in food crop gardens and in
flower gardens is actually eaten by the mice that use the tunnels created by the mole.
- Moles are a natural aerator and mixer of soil.
- The extensive network of tunnels keep the soil turned allowing water to seep
deeper into the ground instead of evaporating on the surface.
With that said about the benefits of having moles
running wild in your lawn area, you have to decide the following:
- You can live with the moles disfiguring your lawn surfaces
- You don’t mind stomping down the mole hills and tunnels on what seems like a
daily basis when the moles are active.
- You don’t mind the mice using the tunnels to get access to your garden
crops or bulbs in your flower gardens
One option to co-exist with the mole or
moles and keep your blood pressure down at the same time would be to create a more natural setting for your
lawn area that would hide the tunneling and mole hills. A more natural setting would include allowing the
grass to grow taller to hide the mole hills. This would require you to cut your taller grass with a weed eater
to keep the blades of a mower from hitting the numerous mounds of now hard dirt.
"What? Forget about that option! Code enforcement
will fine me for having the grass too tall. Most importantly, I want my beautiful yard back with a lawn area full
of beautiful undisturbed grass!"
Sounds like you are ready to proceed with attempting the very
difficult task of mole eradication.
Before we look at your options; do you even know what moles look like
or how many moles may be in your yard at a given time?
What do Moles Look Like? Can They
See?They are some ugly furry little buggers as the pictures
show. If you look at the hands, note the short front feet that face palm out to allow the mole to move dirt
with those long claws in a swimming motion.
Depending on what type of mole is in your area, you will find them
with a pig-like or a star-like snout and with eyes and ears almost indistinguishable.
An acute sense of smell, hearing and touch more
than make up for the mole’s inability to actually see things with eyes that can only tell the difference
between light and dark.
While most of their life is spent underground, moles will come out at
night to find material to make a nest underground or when it’s time for the young to leave to set up their own home
which is usually about 30 feet away from their old home.
How Many Moles Will Typically Be In My
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