Are moles tearing up your yard in Arlington TN? Do you come home from work to see “tunnels” criss-crossing your manicured lawn? Does your lawn look like the local Swat Team has been conducting overnight detonation drills? If so, we have you covered! Apex Wildlife Control is here to solve your mole problem in Arlington TN.
Moles mate during the months of February through May. Their gestation period is 42 days. They typically produce 3 to 5 young and have them in March and early April. Moles are not social and only come together to mate. They may have territories that overlap but avoid each other and may fight if they come in contact with one another.
How to tell if you have voles or moles? Easy! Vole holes are often between 1 and 2 inches in diameter, while mole burrows are often over 2 inches in diameter. Mole tunnel entry points are usually hidden by piles of dirt, while those of volesusually are not.
Did you know that a mole can dig up to EIGHTEEN FEET in just one day? These little guys can cause a lot of damage in a very short time. At Apex Wildlife Control, our technicians are skilled in trapping and removing moles from your yard. So call us today and enjoy your beautiful yard again.
The phrase, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill” is familiar to us all. Talk to any homeowner with a mole infestation, and they will tell you they will take the “mountain” instead! While moles may seem harmless, these tiny creatures can cause enormous damage to your lawn and garden. If you find yourself faced with the almost impossible task of ridding your yard of moles, we understand. Apex Wildlife Control is here to solve your mole problem.
The Eastern mole and the grey mole are most common in Tennessee. Moles are insectivores that feed on earthworms, spiders, grubs and adult insects. However, their ravenous appetite for earthworms can wreck your manicured lawn.
Moles are amazing tunnelers that are active throughout the day and night. The Eastern Mole can hollow out a 160-foot burrow in just one night! The human equivalent would be digging a half mile tunnel in the same amount of time. Moles are equipped with large paddle-like front feet and prominent claws specifically designed for efficient digging. Moles are annoying to homeowners because they dig holes and tunnels in the lawn. These little animals are about the size of a chipmunk, but they sure can create a monster-size problem.
Moles are insectivores that eat 70-100% of their weight in worms, grubs and insects each day. In order to hunt down their underground prey, the moles must constantly excavate, leaving behind a series of tunnels. This digging requires a tremendous amount of energy, which may explain the mole's voracious appetite.
Some fun facts about moles:
• Like pigs, male moles are called "boars" and female moles are called "sows". • Moles can dig tunnels at a rate of up to 15 feet per hour. • A mole’s speed through existing tunnels is about 80 feet per minute! • Moles may resemble mice and rats, but they are not rodents. Moles are insectivores and belong to the same family as shrews and bats. • Moles are able to tolerate higher levels of carbon dioxide than other mammals. Their blood cells have a special form of hemoglobin that has a higher affinity to oxygen than others forms of wildlife. This allows the moles to survive underground with low levels of oxygen and high levels of carbon dioxide. • A mole's saliva contains a toxin that paralyzes worms and insects. This allows them to gather and store food for consumption later on. • A mole can sense when a worm falls into the tunnel and quickly runs to kill it. The mole “runs” are actually worm traps! • Moles can smell “in stereo”! This means they can detect odors immediately as well as determine the direction of the odor. Smelling “in stereo” is a great advantage for moles. In the darkness of the tunnel, they can quickly and accurately locate food.
Rather than killing moles, natural repellents may keep them at bay. Natural mole repellent can be as simple as planting vegetative barriers throughout your yard that deter moles. These include plants like daffodils, marigolds, alliums, and fritillarias. Incorporating these flowering plants in your landscaping may lessen the chance of a future mole infestation.
Moles actually are beneficial little animals, consuming large numbers of potential insect pests and aerating the soil. However, there is little doubt that they are highly attracted to the insect bounty under a well-manicured lawn. This is when they become quite a nuisance. Their labyrinth of tunnels will destroy the root systems of plants, shrubs and flowers. One of the best ways to prevent mole damage is to eliminate their food sources. Treating your lawn to control insects and grubs will go a long way in eliminating moles from your yard.
Homeowner DIY methods can be difficult to master when it comes to ridding your yard of moles. Their tunneling system makes it difficult to pinpoint where the little critters are active, rendering any removal methods ineffective. If you find that your own methods of mole removal are not working, it’s time to contact a professional. Apex Wildlife Control has trained wildlife technicians who can locate and remove moles. So, give us a call. We are here to help !!!
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