Getting rid of Moles in your garden or yard Mole Removal and Control Methods

Moles cause a lot of problems in gardens and lawns. Telltale mole signs include raised trails and underground runs in gardens or yards. The Eastern Mole may also leave mounds of dirt they have pushed up. Moles can sometimes be a real challenge for homeowners to get rid of.

Mole removal methods include traps and poisons. The three mole traps we recommend include: the Out of Site mole trap which works well in most soil conditions, the Revenge Spear mole trap that works well in heavier soils and is not recommended for sandy soils. The No Mole trap works by digging down into the mounds, finding the tunnel then place the trap into it.

Poisons to get rid of moles include: Mole Patrol, which works well in moist conditions. Talprid mole poison, this works well in any soil conditions. To place poisons open up a small hole into the tunnel, place the mole poison inside and close the hole. Soon you will have a garden or lawn free of mole problems.

General Biology, Reproduction, and Behavior

Moles prefer loose, moist soil rich with grubs and earthworms. They are most commonly found in lawns, gardens, fields and woods shaded by vegetation, and are not able to maintain existence in hard, compact, semi-arid soil.

The mole is not a social animal. Moles do not hibernate but are more or less active at all seasons of the year. They are busiest finding foods in lawns and gardens during rainy periods in summer. Typically people that water their garden or lawn will increase the chance of having problem moles.

The gestation period of moles is approximately 42 days. Three to five young are born, mainly in March and early April. Peak activity periods for problem moles in gardens and yards is usually June or July. However, the best time to get rid of moles is whenever you see fresh activity.

Moles have only a few natural enemies because of their secluded life underground. Coyotes, dogs, badgers, and skunks dig out a few of them, and occasionally a cat, hawk, or owl surprises one above ground. Spring floods are probably the greatest danger facing adult moles and their young.

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Damage Identification

mole holes all over lawn.

Moles remove many damaging insects and grubs from lawns and gardens. However, their burrowing habits disfigure lawns, gardens and parks, destroy flower beds, tear up the roots of grasses in lawns, and create havoc in small garden plots.

It is important to properly identify the kind of animal causing damage in your lawn or garden before setting out to control the damage. Moles and pocket gophers are often found in the gardens and lawns, and their damage is often confused. Control methods differ for the two species. Another animal often mistaken for moles is voles. Voles are sometimes called meadow mice, In the spring after the snow melts people will see surface runs through their lawns with grass clipping piles, this damage is caused by voles. When fall fertilizing is done it promotes new growth and it is this new growth that voles love, and under the cover of snow they can cause a considerable amount of damage.

Moles leave volcano-shaped hills that are often made up of clods of soil. The mole hills are pushed up from the deep tunnels and may be 2 to 24 inches (5 to 60 cm) tall. The number of mole hills is not a measure of the number of moles in a given area. Surface tunnels or ridges are indicative of mole activity. Pocket gopher mounds are generally kidney-shaped and made of finely sifted and cloddy soil. Generally, gophers leave larger mounds than moles do. Gopher mounds are often built in a line, indicative of a deeper tunnel system.

We have both traps and poisons that are highly effective to remove moles. To learn how to properly trap moles we have mole trapping videos and books.