What Is a Mole?

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.

Signs of Infestation

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.

Trapping & Removal

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.