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Jan. 22, 2018

How to Get Rid of Moles

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A mole has a blue-black to gray mohair-like velvety fur and a slender snout with sharp teeth. They have flat feet and claws with no noticeable ears. Moles can grow up to 6-12′. Moles are different from meadow voles, gophers, and shrews by their naked, pointed nose that extends well in front of the mouth. Eastern moles are the strongest group of moles and are most often connected with tunnels and/or mole mounds. Since moles have a very high metabolic rate, they can devour large amounts of feed. They can eat up to 100% of their body weight in a day. Moles mainly consume earthworms, but they do eat grubs, millipedes, and ants. Moles are active day and night and throughout the year, but you can see moles often during the spring and fall on damp days or following up rain-showers when they dig more tunnels and mounds. During the summer the ground is very dry and during the winter the ground becomes frozen so the moles have to dig deeper. Moles make two types of tunnels: sub-surface tunnels and deep tunnels. Moles build enormous underground runways looking for worms, insects, and nesting/living space. Many moles travel on the subsurface tunnels and can be used by several moles. Moles prefer grounds that are cool and moist. Moles usually are solitary but the female and young moles may share a burrow.

 

INSPECTION

If there are heaved runways and discharged soil on your lawn or backyard indicates a mole is present. Mole tunnels come together usually on average 6′ below the surface.

 

CONTROL METHODS

 

You can use a mole trap as well. This trap will kill the moles. You will have to identify the active mole tunnels and flatten out the tunnel then wait 24 hrs to see if the flattened tunnel resurfaces, which means it’s an active tunnel. Place the trap on the center of the tunnel, then read and follow the directions of the mole snap trap


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