Are moles tearing up your yard in Collierville TN? Do you come home from work to see “tunnels” criss-crossing your manicured lawn? Does your lawn look like the local Swat Team conducted overnight detonation drills? If so, we are here to help! Apex Wildlife Control can solve your mole problem in Collierville 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.
Some Fun Facts About These Insectivores
• 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! • Although moles resemble mice and rats, they are not rodents. They are insectivores and belong to the same family as shrews and bats. • Like pigs, male moles are called "boars" and female moles are called "sows". • Moles 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. They can 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, allowing them to gather and store food for consumption later on. The mole “runs” are actually worm traps! The mole senses when a worm falls into the tunnel and quickly runs along to kill it.
Moles are unique animals that spend their lives underground, constantly digging to hunt and navigate beneath the earth's surface. Their digging habits notoriously destroy lawns, gardens and golf courses, frustrating home and business owners. Moles are insectivores, eating 70-100% of their weight in worms, grubs and insects each day. In order to hunt down their underground prey, moles constantly excavate, creating a series of tunnels. This digging requires a tremendous amount of energy, which may explain the mole's voracious appetite.
Moles are amazing tunnelers. 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 have large paddle-like front feet with prominent claws designed for very efficient digging. Gardeners don’t like moles because they dig holes and tunnels in the yard. But you have to admit that moles are kind of cute! These little animals are small, about the size of a chipmunk. Moles are often thought to be blind when actually they can see. They just have very tiny eyes that are hidden by fur.
Mole activity increases in the springtime when the ground begins to thaw and insects become active. Spring is also the time when female moles complete their gestation period, so you may soon have more on your hands!
Typically in May a female mole gives birth to 2 to 6 naked babies in a cozy nest in one of the deeper burrows. Baby moles grow quickly. The babies can take care of themselves when they are only about one month old! At four to five weeks, the pups are weaned. By five to six weeks, pups leave their mother and their home tunnel completely. They are now independent and making their own burrows by late summer or fall.
Moles are solitary creatures that only come together to reproduce. Territories may overlap, but moles avoid each other. Males will fight fiercely if they meet. Eastern Moles do not live in families, so your yard is likely being pillaged by only one solitary critter. The range of a solitary mole can be as large as 2.7 acres! The underground network of a mole is made up of large, complicated burrow structures with distinct living and hunting areas.
Some flowers are natural mole deterrents. Natural mole repellent can be as simple as planting vegetative barriers throughout the area that deter moles. These include plants like daffodils, marigolds, alliums, and fritillarias. Incorporating these plants in your landscaping may lessen the chance of a future mole infestation.
In some ways, moles are beneficial animals, consuming large numbers of insect pests and aerating the soil. However, there is no doubt that they are highly attracted to a well-manicured lawn. They become a nuisance, destroying the root systems of vegetation that they encounter. 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 landscape.
DIY methods can be quite difficult to master when it comes to ridding your yard of moles. The moles’ network tunnel systems make it difficult to pinpoint where the little beasts are active. 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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