Concerned you may have an uninvited outdoor guest damaging your home or business property? You may have a mole.
Moles may seem cute and innocuous, but when left to their own devices, these furry vermin can quickly wreak havoc throughout your yard. These pests burrow underground, disturbing and even destroying root systems in lawns, beds, and gardens. Additionally, moles feed on the earthworms that help aerate the soil and are essential to the health and fertility of our yard’s ecosystems.
Our sprinklers aren’t even safe from these tunneling terrors; moles can warp water lines and uproot nozzle heads, annihilating irrigation systems in a very short amount of time.
Don’t risk the strength, health, and vitality of your lawn and gardens. Know how to identify some of the telltale signs of a mole infestation on your property so you can quickly determine a course of action on ridding your yard of these unwanted vermin. Here are four tips to tell if you have a mole in your backyard:
Have you noticed dirt heaps on your lawn? It could be a mole burrowing up from its underground fortress. Many people assume that all molehills will have an opening at the top that leads to the ground. However, that’s not generally the case.
While some mounds may have an opening at the top, many just look like dirt piles created when these pests pushed up through the soil while foraging for food such as earthworms and grubs before scurrying back down below.
Like most critters, moles have specific seasons where they are more active than others. Spring and fall are their busiest times of the year, so if you’re noticing damage and activity during these months, it’s likely due to a mole infestation.
Additionally, mole movement often increases when the weather is wetter, particularly after a rainy day. While morning can bring heightened mole movement, these tiny nuisances have also been known to run rampant overnight.
Moles feed on bugs and earthworms, leaving them with little appetite for plants. However, all their burrowing and tunneling can have significant consequences on the grass, flowers, and seedling on your lawn. These vermin use their super sharp claws to dig through your soil, tearing through any roots in its path.
Moles can even rip entire plants from the ground. If you’ve noticed problems with the vegetation on your property, it may be mole related.
Perhaps the easiest way to determine if you have a mole problem? You see an actual mole meandering its way around your property. Moles don’t often come to the surface, making a sighting rare. However, there are occasions when they do come up from underground to check things out. Tiny eyes, small ears, giant claws, and a shiny coat are just a few of the many characteristics of a mole.
Don’t know how to get rid of moles? Don’t let moles get the best of your yard! Contact Lawn Jox today to hear more about our two-step Mole Control services to eliminate these unwanted pests from your property.