Are moles tearing up your yard in Cordova TN? Do you come one 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 can solve your mole problem in Cordova TN.
Have you heard the phrase, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”? Talk to any homeowner whose lawn has been destroyed by moles, and they’ll likely tell you they’d take the “mountain” instead! While moles may seem harmless at first glance, these tiny creatures can cause serious damage to your lawn and garden. If you find yourself faced with the puzzling task of ridding your yard of moles, we understand. Apex Wildlife Control is here to solve your mole problem in Cordova TN.
Six mole types are found in North America, but the Eastern Mole and the Grey Mole are the most common in Tennessee. Moles are insectivores and love to eat earthworms, spiders, grubs and adult insects.
Some fun facts about moles: • Moles may resemble mice and rats, but they are not rodents. Instead they are mammals referred to as insectivores. They belong to the same family as shrews . • 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! • Like pigs, male moles are called "boars" and female moles are called "sows". • Moles can 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. • A mole's saliva contains a toxin that paralyzes worms and insects. This allows them to gather and store food for consumption later on. The mole senses when a worm falls into his tunnel and quickly runs along to kill it. l 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.
Moles are unique little animals that spend their entire lives underground, constantly digging to hunt under the earth's surface. Their digging habits notoriously destroy lawns, gardens and golf courses, causing frustration and expense for home and business owners. Moles are insectivores, eating 70-100% of their weight in worms, grubs and insects every day. In order to hunt the worms, moles constantly excavate and leave behind a network of tunnels. This digging requires a tremendous amount of energy, which may explain the mole's voracious appetite.
Moles are amazing tunnelers. They are active mostly in early morning or late in the evening. 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. They have large paddle-like front feet with prominent claws designed for efficient digging. These little animals are about the size of a chipmunk. Moles are often thought to be blind when, in fact, they can see. They have very tiny eyes that are hidden by fur.
Moles are not considered serious disease carriers. However, they can carry parasites such as ticks and fleas. Fleas can potentially transmit Lyme disease. Do not to touch trapped moles with your bare hands when disposing of them. Moles have teeth and may bite if handled.
Most moles are solitary creatures that only come together to reproduce. Territories may overlap, but moles usually avoid each other. Males may fight to the death if they meet. The range of a solitary mole may be as large as 2.7 acres. The underground mole network consists of large, complicated burrow structures with distinct living and hunting areas.
Mole activity increases in the Spring when the ground begins to thaw and insects become active. Spring is also the time when female moles complete their gestation period. 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 very 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 home tunnel completely. They are now independent and are making their own burrows by late Summer or Fall.
Moles tunnel in search of food. A 5-6 ounce mole can eat up to 50 pounds of insects, worms, and grubs a year. To feed their voracious appetite, moles burrow throughout your yard in search of their next tasty meal: worms, beetles, and other insects. Their underground tunnel network causes the surface of your yard to rise. Moles produce two types of “runways.” One type runs just beneath the surface. These are feeding tunnels and look like raised ridges running across your lawn. The second type runs deeper and enables the moles to unite the feeding tunnels in a network. It is the soil excavated from the deep tunnels that homeowners find on their lawns, piled up in mounds that resemble little volcanoes.
Rather than killing moles, natural repellents may help 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. Using these plants in your landscaping may lessen the chance of a future mole infestation.
All in all, moles are beneficial animals, consuming huge numbers of potential insect pests and aerating the soil. However, there is no doubt that they are highly attracted to the earthworms in a well-manicured lawn. Here is where they become a nuisance as their tunneling begins to destroy plant root systems. One of the best ways to prevent mole damage is to eliminate their food sources. Having your lawn treated to control insects and grubs will go a long way in eliminating moles from your yard.
Homeowner DIY methods can sometimes be difficult to master when it comes to ridding your yard of moles. Their network of tunnels makes it difficult to pinpoint where the moles are active, rendering your removal efforts 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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