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Overview

Moles might be small, burrowing animals, but they can eat 70 to 100 times their body weight daily. When scouring for food near the surface, moles can move as fast as a foot per minute.

Identification of a Problem

Ground with holes, soft patches that cave in and unexplained ridges appearing in random patterns through the lawn are all good indicators of a mole. Nests and main tunnels can be found under sidewalks, near exposed tree roots, and around protective areas like fence posts and outbuildings.

What Attracts Moles?

Some people believe that a mole in your yard indicates a grub infestation, but, truth is, moles eat a variety of bugs and earthworms as well as grubs. Moles do not eat plants or their roots.

Removal Options

Set traps in surface burrows that run in straight lines, especially along sidewalks, buildings or fences, as these are the animal's main routes of transportation. Flatten a section of the burrow to test if it is a main route---a mole will quickly repair any damage.

Products Available

General insecticides can be used to kill off the mole's food supply, but be prepared for more damage to your lawn before it leaves. The mole will frantically look for food, leaving more random burrows than before. A solution of castor oil and water sprayed over your lawn will also help repel moles.

Professional Help

Any pest control company in your area can be helpful in eliminating moles.

References

  • Acreage News: Moles
  • Build Your Own Mole Trap

Who Can Help

  • Effective Mole Removal
Keywords: mole removal, mole damage, burrowing pests

About this Author

Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University to study education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills reusing, recycling and reinventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.