5 Important Facts to Know About Moles
Before Getting Rid of Them
There are various species of moles worldwide. Scalopus Aguaticus or the Eastern mole is either numerously widespread or responsible for most lawn and garden complaints.
- Moles are really destructive pests in gardens, lawns, parks, nurseries, golf courses, and cemeteries. Moles feed on ants, earthworms, beetle grubs, various seeds, etc., but they usually do not eat roots or bulbs of garden plants.
- Moles are active all day and night throughout the whole year, but they are mostly active in spring-fall on damp and rainy days. In winter-summer moles use deeper burrows.
- Young moles grow rather rapidly and behave like adults being only 1 month old. Young moles establish their own burrow system and territory at the age of 6 months.
- 2 types of tunnels (runways) are produced by moles: deep and sub-surfaced. They are used as major or additional traveling lanes for several moles in the area. They are capable to extend these runways at 100 feet rate per day.
- Generally, one acre of land is to support 2-3 moles at a time. However, yards surrounded by large tracts of forested-weedy areas may be the subject to continual mole invasions.
Well, once you have planted a beautiful lawn, you will notice mole’s grass and dirt trails pushed up into mounds. And that is of no picturesque setting. You should know that a few moles can be rather good for your lawn, because they can aerate the dirt and stay in one place for not too long. But excessive moles are able to cause serious problems with uprooting plants and irrigation. How to kill moles? You can get rid of them at no cost having patience and a few common tools – ‘How To Get Rid Of Moles’.
4 Proven Methods How to Get Rid of Moles
- Start walking slowly over the entire mole trail: take short steps and carefully push both dirt and grass back to its original position. You will get a level lawn. Moles possess an extremely astute sense of smell and hearing, though they are blind. So excessive movement will scare them away, and it will be difficult to capture them burrowed underground.
- Therefore, place both a hammer and a shovel in proximity to the lawn. Sit and scan periodically for the signs of mole’s return. Moles usually have meals in the morning, at noon and in the evening.
- When you see either an old trail being expanded or a new trail being formed, this is the mole to work at the end of the trail. Take the tools and return to the spot watching for further mole’s digging. Stab the shovel an inch behind the mole’s working area and block it from escaping back down the trail. Stick another shovel into the ground right in front of the mole so that it could crash into the shovel and die, or just hit it with your hammer.
- Pick up and cart the mole away.
- Repeat these steps as many times as necessary. Moles typically have large families.
Alternative Shovel Method
After having enclosed a section of the trail with 2 shovels, you may trap a live mole and then transport it away.
Moles and mice are about the same size, so mousetraps are also effective for capturing moles.
Natural Repellent Method
Moles will definitely find a new home after they start itching and burning, as a result of spraying a solution throughout the lawn.
Good luck, the host.