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Mole Trapping works when other mole control methods do not!
Moles are interesting creatures. If you took the time to study them I am sure you would agree. As much as one can appreciate their uniqueness I am sure no one appreciates the damage they do to your lawn. Moles are great diggers and they create tiny burrows and small, volcano-shaped soil formations that most lawn owners and gardeners find unsightly. These formations are commonly known as “molehills”. Molehills are also seen on the entrances and exits of mole tunnels.
Unlike what most people think, moles are not related to rats. In fact, they are not considered as rodents. Moles are insectivores; this means that they mainly eat insects. They generally prefer beetles, earthworms, and small larvae, also known as grubs. There are times when they may accidentally eat plants and crops. Speaking of diet, moles are voracious eaters and they spend most of the day eating. They eat just about anything that they find while digging, as long as it is edible. In a single day, they can eat as much as 70 percent to 100 percent of their body weight. Their average lifespan is usually four years but other species of moles have been seen living for about six to seven years of age.
All moles have the ability to swim; some species are semi-aquatic, like the star-nosed mole. They may even create tunnels that end in underwater areas, like ponds and lakes.
Characteristics of Moles
Moles are tiny animals and they have very small eyes. This is because they don’t really need to use their eyesight when digging underground. They also have very small ears which are hard to see because they are covered in the mole’s fur. Their most powerful sense is their sense of smell. This sense is highly useful when they are looking for food. The mole’s saliva is mildly toxic to small animals. This toxin can paralyze the mole’s prey, making them easier to eat.
Moles have sharp claws which they use to easily dig through soil. These claws also help them move through their underground tunnels with ease. Moles have one additional thumb and it is located right next to their normal thumb.
Cats, dogs, birds, and foxes are the mole’s natural predator. Their underground tunnels provide them with the perfect hideout from these animals. Once they leave their tunnels and go above ground, they are exposing themselves to various predators.
The arrival of spring marks the beginning of the mole’s breeding period. During this time, male moles start searching for their female partners by emitting high-pitched shrieks. The female mole’s pregnancy period can last for more than one month. The Eastern mole’s (scientific name: Scalopus aquaticus) gestation period lasts for about 42 days. They give birth approximately around March and April. Moles normally give birth to about two to four, and sometimes six, baby moles.
Moles, like groundhogs, are loner animals. They generally avoid contact with other moles, only seeking companionship during the mating period, and separating shortly after. Although mole territories can sometimes overlap, male moles have been seen aggressively fighting the moment they meet. Baby moles only stay with their mothers for a short period of about 30-45 days. After that, they will eventually venture out on their own, creating their own tunnels and territories.
Due to the special hemoglobin protein found in the mole’s blood, they have the ability to survive in underground environments with high carbon dioxide levels. They can reuse the oxygen in their bloodstream, which is a great survival mechanism when digging through low-oxygen underground tunnels.
Despite their amazing characteristics, they are still considered pest animals mainly due to their digging habits. We commonly hear about moles destroying flower beds and vegetable gardens. Because they are mainly insectivores, they do not intentionally mean to eat your plants. If you find bite marks on your plants, keep in mind that they did not necessarily mean to do it.
We trap moles because trapping moles is the best and proven way to control a lawn’s mole problem. Moles move between properties looking for new earthworms and grubs to eat underground. Moles make very large tunnels in your lawn and leave ugly mole mounds. Ask about our Mole Trapping Maintenance Plan and year round mole trapping of your lawn that really works.
Many homeowners who have tried to catch moles on their own have failed miserably because they have not been trained on where and how to properly set up the traps. Moles, like any other pests, should not be killed in a cruel and inhumane manner. Our workers have been trained on how to carefully handle these animals. We do our research and survey the area thoroughly before choosing the most appropriate course of action. We avoid killing and poisoning the animals because such methods are harmful to the environment.
- Electronic mole repellents do not work. That’s right, nothing electronic works. They are big scam and waste of money.
- Chewing gum does not work for the control of mole damage in lawns either. This is an old wives tale.
- Treating your lawn for grubs does not stop moles from coming back and eating your earthworms.
- Do you really think poisoning your soil is healthy for the earth or our water table? Ask yourself why one of the largest sellers of “poisoned worms” for moles also sells mole traps.
Get rid of moles and call us for all your wildlife pest exclusion needs today!