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Getting Rid of Moles in your Lawn

Jan. 27, 2018


Getting Rid of Moles in your Lawn

Most people have never seen a mole, however, they are well aware of the damage caused to lawns and ornamental beds. Mounds of soil (molehills) and surface tunnels (feeding runways) are the common signs of mole presence.


Moles also create mounds (called molehills) of soil in the lawn by pushing up soil developing deeper, permanent tunnels and nesting cavities. Mating occurs in the spring with a single annual litter of 2 to 5 young being produced in March, April or the first week of May. High infestations consist of 2 to 3 moles per acre.


Effective mole traps include barrel traps and scissor traps. And baits can be up to 95% effective if used correctly. Always wear latex gloves when handling traps and bait to avoid human scent contamination.


Keep in mind that moles are a constant problem. When a void in the carrying capacity (number of moles a given areas can support) of a given area is realized, more moles will move in searching for earthworms and other insects. For this reason, trapping is the most economical method of mole control.


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