Moles are not social creatures. They stay with their mothers for six weeks and then they go off on their own. They do not share networks of tunnels with other moles. Each mole builds its own. This creates a problem for those who want to keep beautifully landscaped property beautifully landscaped.
Identifying A Mole Problem
There are major problems that moles cause for residential homeowners who want to maintain their property. The first are molehills. Molehills are created when moles dig deep under the ground to nest or store their food. Additionally, you’ll find ridges in your grass that are caused by shallow underground tunnels. Moles travel close to the surface when they’re hunting for food. This can destroy the roots of grass and flowerbeds leaving raised spots and brown spots on your lawn.
Moles generally dig holes for one of two reasons: To hunt or to nest. When hunting, moles go where the food is. Since moles are insectivores, feeding primarily on worms, grubs, and other insects, they will travel near the surface of the soil once the soil thaws. They can build these tunnels at a rate of 15 ft. per hour, which may seem slow to you, but they can cover the span of a football field after 24 hours of digging.
Pros & Cons Of Moles
Moles are not used to being treated as bests. In fact, they provide a number of benefits to the environments in which they live and hunt. They kill grubs that are notoriously dangerous to trees, grass, and other plants, and their digging through the soil helps to circulate nutrients that help plants grow.
On the other hand, no one wants their lawn to have a bunch of molehills on it. Additionally, the shallow tunnels can collapse creating tripping hazards for small children, pets, and even you. They tear up the roots of certain kinds of grass and are just not well suited to the needs of homeowners.
In the winter, they’ll digger further under the soil and sometimes around homes where there is more heat. They can cause damage to your foundation and inlets for mold and mildew.
Mole Control & Prevention
Professional methods of dealing with mole problems focus on trapping. There are two main types of traps that are used. These include traps that work like mouse traps and kill the moles and traps that simply trap them and allow them to be released somewhere where they can actually do some good for the environment.
Prevention-wise it can be difficult to keep moles off your property. While pesticides can get rid of the grubs they feed on there’s simply no way to keep earthworms off your property. Those with serious mole problems have taken to digging two- to three- foot trenches around their property and installing wire mesh there to keep moles out. This can work. If the mole senses an obstruction, they may just turn around and try a different direction.
Interesting Facts About Moles
- Moles look like eyeless rats with massive hands
- Moles dig tunnels to travel and can remember routes to take
- Tunnels lead to sleeping areas where moles chill after a long day of being a mole
- Moles eat their body weight in earthworms every day
- A mole’s body cannot produce fat so they must hunt year round
- When it’s mating season, males enlarge their nests creating a birthing area that is lined with plant material; the female mole sure does appreciate a nest that is lined with plant material!