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Mole Removal & Control

Did you know that moles can actually be beneficial to our lawns? It’s true. A mole’s main diet consists mainly of insects, many of which are lawn damaging. However (and unfortunately for us), a mole’s favorite snack is the earthworm. And when in search for these tasty critters, a mole will dig various shallow tunnels throughout our yards, leaving behind various mounds of dirt and destruction. We have answered many of your questions below regarding characteristics of moles, why they dig so much, ways to prevent moles from destroying your property and also solutions for getting rid of moles from your property. If you have any further questions, if you have a mole on your property or if you would like a free inspection, please feel free to call our office anytime at 1-800-814-3766.

Why do moles tunnel and what are the tunnels used for?

Moles tunnel for food and nesting purposes. Moles eat from 60% to 100% of their bodyweight each day and the normal weight of an adult mole is approximately 4oz or .25lbs. A mole’s diet consists of earthworms, grubs, insects, and slugs. However, because of their high fat content, earthworms are a mole’s favorite food. Interestingly enough, most of the insects that moles eat, minus the earthworms, are actually damaging to our lawns. So in that way, moles are actually beneficial to our lawns because they get rid of lawn destroying bugs. However, when it comes to searching for earthworms, a mole must dig shallow tunnels to find them, leaving behind mounds of dirt and shallow tunnels. In order for moles to fulfill their daily dietary needs, they must tunnel for food an amazing 18 feet per hour. Once the tunnels are dug, moles use their stereoscopic sense of smell to sniff out their food sources.

Mole’s nesting areas, which are called larders, are deeper in the ground and are often undetectable from the surface.

Why are mole’s tunnels bad for the lawn?

A mole’s tunnels are usually close to the surface and are what causes the raised areas of the lawn. This can be harmful to lawns because the raised areas of the tunnels separate the grass roots from the soil which ultimately kills the lawn in those areas. The lawn will turn a yellowish color due to it slowly dying off. The exposed soils along the tunnels are then open to weed propagation. In Florida, crab grass is a popular weed that will take root in exposed areas of the lawn along the tunnels.

Is there a way to limit a Mole’s food source to prevent them from destroying your lawn?

  1. Unfortunately, there are no products on the market to eradicate earthworms. This is because earthworms are extremely beneficial invertebrates in a landscape’s ecosystem. As earthworms move throughout the earth, they create tiny aerated tunnels which provide the lawn with much needed oxygen. For this reason, Heron does not treat earthworms. However, there are products on the market that can help get rid of moles without harming our friends, the earthworms.
  2. By having your lawn professionally treated, other sources of a moles diet such as grubs and various insects will be reduced, lessening the chances of mole activity on your property.
  3. Create a barrier around shrub and garden beds. Sheet metal, small mesh galvanized hardware cloth, brick, or concrete can be repurposed into fencing for these areas. Make sure the barrier completely surrounds the area with no gaps, is at least 2 feet deep, and extends above ground at least 6 inches.

When is mole season?

Although there is no mole “season”, mole activity is at its peak during spring and fall. Spring time is also when female moles will give birth to their young.

What methods of trapping does Heron use?

Depending on the situation and evaluation from our wildlife technician, either a bait or trap will be used. Once our technicians survey the property and its damage, they will then decide which exclusion option is best fitting for the situation.

What control methods should I steer clear of?

We do not recommend flooding the tunnels with water. The soil in central Florida is sandy, soft and loose. The water will just get soaked up into the sandy soil and not do a thing to drive out the mole. The mole may come up to the ground temporarily but will go back down into his tunnel after the water has subsided. The best thing to do if you have a mole is call a professional that is knowledgeable in mole activity, to trap the mole.

FUN FACTS ABOUT MOLES!

  • Moles contain twice as much blood as other mammals of similar size! Because hemoglobin is high in oxygen, a mole is able to breathe slower and for a longer period of time when underground.
  • Moles are pretty fast! They can move through existing tunnels at speeds of up to 80ft per minute!
  • Moles are also pretty strong! Due to their specialized bone structure, moles have a digging force that’s equal to 32 times their body weight!
  • A Life span of a mole is only between 4 to 6 years.
  • There have been mole hills as wide as 24” in diameter and 12” high! Now that’s turning a mole hill into a mountain!
  • Moles only come out of their holes at night to search for nesting material, new food sources, or when looking to relocate. Moles are rarely seen during daylight. Perhaps their closely related to vampires?