Ground Mole Damages: Why You Don’t Want to Share Your Home With These Pests

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Moles are garden mammals with an average size and weight of 3.3 cm and 115 grams, respectively. They dwell in gardens, yards, and lawns, although they eat the insects and not the plants. While the presence of one ground mole in your property may not be bothersome, two or more moles may cause trouble.

Their invasion may damage your landscape, uproot your plants, and cause other adverse effects discussed in this article. Read on to know how you can identify the damage and what you can do to prevent the damages from becoming extensive.

Mole Identification

It’s essential to know a mole’s appearance not to confuse it with other pests. A ground mole resembles a mouse, although there are some slight differences between them. Here are a few traits which differentiate the mole from the other rodents:

  • Tiny black eyes are hidden under the fur. You can’t easily see them
  • No visible ears
  • The tail is short and stubby. Some ground moles might not have the tail at all
  • The feet are broad and pronounced

It’s worth noting that a ground mole feeds on insects, earthworms, and other small animals. It spends most of the time in the yard; you may never see it at home unless there is a tunnel within the home.

Mole Damage Appearance

There are many possible causes of damage to your garden’s appearance. So, how do you know that the damage is caused by ground moles? Here are the red flags that ground moles are responsible for the damage.

Mole Tunnels

Moles dig temporary surface tunnels, which they rarely use. In fact, most of the underground tunnels are never used more than once. They use those tunnels to hide from humans, adverse weather, and other animals.  

There are two main types of mole tunnels: shallow and deep tunnels. The shallow tunnels are the mole runways, while the deep tunnels are the mole mounds. Too many surface and underground tunnels may damage the appearance of your garden.

Uprooted/Withered Plants

Moles detach plants when digging the tunnels. The detachment leaves the plants looking lumpy, with some partly or entirely uprooted. At times, you may never know the cause of the problem, especially if the tunnel is underground. 

Don’t ignore any withered plants in your garden. Inspect the lawn to know the cause. 

More Weeds

Weeds increase when the plants are uprooted. Assuming that you had used fertilizer or organic manure, the weeds will consume it because the plant is no longer there. As a result, the number of weeds in the garden will increase at a high rate.

Mole Hills

Molehills are also known as raised ridges. They form as the moles continue to dig the surface and underground tunnels. The hills can damage the beautiful look of your ground and make movement quite hard.  

Where and When Mole Damage Can Occur

Moles are common in rich soil. They feed on insects and other microorganisms in the soils, and that’s why they cause damages while trying to get the contents of the underground soil. They feed throughout the year, and this means that they can invade your lawn anytime.

However, some ground moles prefer certain types of soil to others. For instance, you may find moles that prefer sandy to clay soil. Nevertheless, their presence can be unpredictable, and you may deal with them throughout the year if your soil is rich in nutrients.

Mole Damage Management

From above, it’s evident that you should not tolerate the presence of ground moles in your house. 

They might uproot your plants/flowers and damage the aesthetic appeal of your lawn. They don’t cause direct impacts because they don’t feed on the crops. But the indirect effects can be immense.

So, don’t assume they won’t be harmful to you. Instead, contact the ground mole control experts to inspect your ground and mitigate them. Here are mole damage management tips to follow:

Trapping

Trapping is the easiest, safest, and most effective method for removing ground moles. Since the moles are large, they will get into the trap if you add a bait inside. You can either buy the trap from a hardware shop or create one.

Ideally, you should place the trap at the end of the tunnel where the moles use to enter and leave the tunnels. 

You might need some time to determine the tunnels that the moles use most so that you know where to set the trap. Alternatively, you may seek mole trapping services to have the job done more effectively.

Repellents

There are plenty of mole repellent products. Most of the products contain garlic, castor oil, and other products that moles don’t like.  These repellents may not directly kill the moles, but they may make the pests less interested in living in the yard.

Caution: There are many mole repellents in the market. Consult a ground mole control expert to help you in choosing the best.

Chemicals

There are multiple chemicals for mole mitigation. They are as useful as repellents, but they can interfere with the chemical composition of your soil.

You should only use the chemical method when you don’t have other plants on the farm. Also, you should apply chemicals under the close supervision of an expert.

A Ground Mole Removal Expert Can Help You

Dealing with pests has never been easy. If the ground mole damages are becoming too much to bear, consult a certified ground mole removal expert. The expert should provide you with the right traps and even help you in the baby ground mole control process.

Just ensure that the person you hire is well known and experienced to accomplish the task within the shortest period.

Trapyourmoles.com is a reputable wildlife removal service firm. We offer both commercial and residential mole trapping services at affordable prices. 

We are certified, and our team is well-versed with all types of ground moles, squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, and other animals. Don’t let the animals damage your yard. Request an appointment today to get the help you need.

How to Catch a Ground Mole Using Mole Traps

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Are there mounds of dirt appearing in your yard? Have you run across a few grey, furry creatures with large paws? 

You are experiencing a take-over by the common grey ground mole. This mammal, which feeds mainly on insects and grubs, will burrow tunnels under the ground to construct a nesting and feeding space. The excess dirt they dig up is left above ground in mounds, which is an eyesore in an otherwise lovely lawn.

To rid yourself of these particular pests for good, you will need to trap them. To learn about the best mole traps and how to use them, read on.

Best of the Mole Traps

Professional pest control companies rely on one of the most effective, time-tested mole trapping methods—the spring-loaded prong trap. These metal traps are activated to snap and kill the mole when it pushes against the metal which sits inside their tunnel.

To use these types of traps, locate the tunnel that the moles are digging. Tunnels usually can be found between the mounds of dirt on your yard. Use a stick or probe to poke in the soil between mounds until you feel the ground give out. Step on the tunnels you see in one or two spots to collapse them, then check those spots later. If the tunnel has been dug out again, it’s an active one, and a good spot to set a trap. 

To set the trap, flatten an area of the tunnel a bit bigger than the base of the trap and set the trap over it. Each manufacturer will have different arming instructions, so make sure to follow those. To keep kids and pets away from the traps, cover them with a large bucket. Remove the mole once it has been caught. If you don’t catch anything, move your trap to a different spot.

Scissor Trap

Like the prong trap, the scissor trap will kill a mole instantly and sits inside the mole tunnel, camouflaged by grass and dirt. This trap allows you to determine from a distance if it has been set off, which makes it easy to use.

To set this scissor trap, locate a mole tunnel with a probe and then dig a small section around that spot using a trowel. Place the trap scissors down inside the hole, and cover it with soil and grass. When you trap the mole, you can reuse the traps in case you sight more mole signs after trapping the first one.

Choker Loop Trap

A choker loop trap catches the mole around the neck. 

Dig a hole and make sure the loop portions of the trap can sit upright in the hole. Remove any loose soil or small stones from the hole. Follow the trap’s directions to set the trap, taking care not to get your fingers caught in the process.

The choker loop trap, as all the traps mentioned so far, kills moles instantly, which some people feel is a more effective and humane way of ridding your yard of moles. 

But there are methods for trapping moles that keep them alive so that they can be relocated to a place other than your yard.

Humane Trapping Methods

For those who do not like the idea of killing moles with traps, here are some traps labeled as “humane” methods of capturing moles for relocation.

Bucket Method

An easy, cheap method of trapping and relocating moles is with a large bucket.

Dig a hole at the mole tunnel deep enough to place a 2- to 5-gallon bucket below the level of the tunnel. Pack dirt around the edge of the bucket, then cover the hole with sod or plywood so you can remove and check the hole daily. The mole will fall in, and then you can take it to a new location.

If this method is not effective enough for your mole problem, there are plastic mole tube traps available that will keep moles alive.

Plastic Tube Mole Traps

Each of these traps consists of two short plastic tubes that fit together to produce one long tube. There is a swing door at either end allowing the moles to enter at either side, but hinges keep the moles from going out in the opposite direction.

To set them, place them underground in the same way you would set a spring trap. Add cut-up earthworms as bait before you set the trap in the ground. Cover the trap well, allowing no outside light into the tunnel. When a mole is caught, place it in a covered bucket and take it to a relocation site far from your yard.

Repellants and Poisons

There are natural and artificial mole repellants, such as certain plants, castor oil, granulated pellets, and vibrating stakes. But these will only drive the moles away from your property and into the next one, which could mean trouble for your neighbors. Not everyone finds these methods effective, as well. 

A final option is to lay down mole poison which comes in many forms. Keep in mind,  that moles only eat insects, so they may turn their noses up at a granular poison like that used for other pests. There are some poisons meant to look like grubs or worms that might be more effective. 

While these methods may have some benefit, to get rid of moles completely, trapping with instant kill is the most effective method.

Use Professionals to Set Mole Traps

While you can buy and set up all the mole traps you need as a DYI project, you might benefit in the long run by hiring a professional animal trapping company that specializes in mole elimination. 

While hiring a pro will cost you more money, you will save enough time and hassle to make up for the initial expense. You will know the job will be done right, and that safety for your pets and family will be respected. Most importantly, you will be rid of your mole problem.

If you are in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area, contact us for mole control. We handle both residential and commercial properties, and can help you regain control of your lawn!