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Can’t figure out why your home or office flowerbeds are all torn up? Sounds like you need to get rid of moles!

Moles (Scalepus spp.) are not rodents, but relatives of the insectivores (insect eaters) such as shrews and hedgehogs. In their search for food, moles burrow in lawns, meadows, stream banks, and open woodlots, creating elaborate underground tunnels.  This unsightly damage is best remedied by getting rid of moles. They feed mainly on earthworms and insect larvae (grubs). Only rarely seen above ground, moles are 4 to 9 inches long, including the tail, with long dark gray or brown fur. Eyes are tiny, like a pinhead, and the tail and feet are usually pink. They have no visible ears. There are seven species of moles in the United States, and some species may be protected by law. Critter Control can help you identify which kind you have.

As they burrow, they sometimes damage plants, but the major problem with moles is the mounds and ridges that disfigure lawns. As they tunnel just below the surface, moles raise the sod up with their front digging feet, looking for food or new tunneling sites. They can push up surface tunnels at the rate of a foot per minute if the soil is loose. They prefer loose, moist soil shaded by vegetation. You can stop mole tunneling quickly and efficiently with Critter Control. Let us help.

Not sure if you have moles in your yard? Common characteristics of mole yard damage are torn-up flowerbeds and torn-up grass roots from inconvenient burrowing habits leaving your yard a mess! It is important, however, to properly identify the source of this yard damage before setting out to trap the moles you think you have in your yard.

If you have a nuisance mole control problem, the best solution for getting rid of moles from your property is through mole trapping. The use of mole traps to trap moles is the most effective way to get rid of mole invasion problems. All of the mole traps used by Critter Control are environmentally friendly and can be used for humane mole trapping.

Critter Control can help! We specialize in getting rid of moles and can help keep those moles away. Though time-consuming, using traps is the most effective method to get rid of moles. Through our effective and efficient mole control techniques, we can get rid of your mole control problems in no time. Critter Control offers a variety of services for mole control, including mole removal, mole trapping, mole prevention techniques, and mole damage repair.

Using only humane animal handling techniques throughout our mole control strategies, we can get rid of mole problems. Let Critter Control help you get rid of moles!

If you think you have a mole problem, call Critter Control at 1-800-CRITTER.

Mole Damage: Mole Tunnels & Tunneling Habits


The most common complaint associated with moles is their tunneling habit. Moles tunnel beneath the earth and build extensive tunnel networks. Mole tunnels that are close to the earth’s surface are typically feeding tunnels, identifiable by the resulting areas of raised ground. Unfortunately, moles have the ability to dig one foot of shallow tunnel per minute.

Tunnels that are deeper below the surface (between 6 and 24 inches deep) are typically shelter tunnels where moles will enter during severe weather conditions. Moles will also bear their young deep underground in these tunnels. Moles will dig deeper tunnels at a rate of 12 to 15 feet per hour.

Most moles will not share their tunnels with other moles. Sometimes, other animals like shrews, voles, pocket gophers and rats will invade mole tunnels, causing damage to plants. Identifying which animal is causing yard problems requires professional inspection. It may even be hard to spot the moles causing the damage, as most moles rarely appear above ground. Even if you can’t see them, they may be digging away below the surface during any time of day.

Think you have moles tunneling in your yard? Contact a Critter Control professional near you for effective mole control services.

 

All About Moles: Identifying Moles and Mole Biology


What Do Moles Look Like?

Moles are part of the order Insectivora, a different family from that of the rodent. Moles can range anywhere from 5 to 8 inches in length. They can either have brown or gray fur with pink feet, noses and tails. You usually can’t see mole eyes, as their light-sensitive eyes are covered by fur. Moles have broad front feet with special claws for digging tunnels and fleshy noses that they use for the sense of touch.


What Do Moles Eat?

The most common foods moles eat include earthworms, insect lava and other soil arthropods. They also eat grubs and plant bulbs. Most mole damage is caused by tunneling and not by eating plants. Moles do, however, eat large amounts of food during the day (more than their body weight!) in order to fuel their active tunneling lifestyle.


Are There Different Types of Moles?

The most commonly encountered moles are the eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus), which causes most of the damage found in yards, and the star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata), which is mostly found digging tunnels in swampy areas and at deeper levels than the eastern mole.


How Many Moles Are In A Litter?

Mole populations tend to fluctuate at a slow rate; there are more moles when habitats are favorable and fewer moles when food is scarce. Moles will reproduce only once per year, bearing 3 to 4 young in each litter. These mole babies will stay with the female in deep, underground tunnels for about 4 weeks. After a month, the baby moles will venture out and begin digging their own tunnels. Most baby moles will reach their full-grown size in less than 8 weeks.

Services

Critter Control provides proven trapping techniques for getting rid of moles. As moles they burrow, they sometimes damage plants, but the major problem with moles is the mounds and ridges that disfigure lawns. As they tunnel just below the surface, moles raise the sod up with their front digging feet, looking for food or new tunneling sites. They can push up surface tunnels at the rate of a foot per minute if the soil is loose. They prefer loose, moist soil shaded by vegetation.

Although trapping is the most effective method of getting rid of moles; it is a challenging endeavor, requiring time, patience, and the knowledge of the mole's habits to be successful.

If you have a nuisance mole control problem, the best solution for getting rid of moles from your property is through mole trapping. The use of mole traps to trap moles is the most effective way to eliminate mole invasion problems. All of the mole traps used by Critter Control are environmentally sensitive.

Critter Control can help! We specialize in getting rid of moles and can help keep those moles away. Though time-consuming, using traps is the most effective method for getting rid of moles. Through our effective and efficient mole control techniques we can be your best solution for getting rid of mole problems. Critter Control offers a variety of services for mole control, including mole removal, mole trapping, mole prevention techniques, and mole damage repair.

No matter what the animal management issue, Critter Control can help! If you need mole control services, don’t hesitate to call Critter Control today at 1-800-CRITTER.
 



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