Are moles tearing up your yard in Eads TN? Do you wake one morning to see “tunnels” criss-crossing your landscaped 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 Eads TN.
Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” Talk to any homeowner with a mole infestation, and they’ll likely tell you they’d take the “mountain” instead! Moles may seem harmless at first glance, but these tiny creatures can wreak serious havoc on your lawn and garden. If you find yourself faced with the overwhelming task of getting rid of moles, we feel for you. Apex Wildlife Control has trained wildlife technicians available to solve your problem.
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 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! • The usual lifespan of a mole is three to four years in the wild. • Moles may resemble mice and rats, but they are not rodents. Moles 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 can tolerate higher levels of carbon dioxide than other mammals, because their blood cells have a special form of hemoglobin that has a higher affinity to oxygen than others forms of wildlife. This allows them to survive underground with low levels of oxygen and high levels of carbon dioxide. • The mole ‘runs’ are in reality worm traps! A mole's saliva contains a toxin that paralyzes worms and insects. This allows them to gather and store food for consumption later on.
Most moles are solitary creatures that only come together to reproduce. Territories may overlap, but moles tend to avoid each other. Males may fight fiercely if they meet. The range of a solitary mole can be as large as two acres. The mole’s underground territory is made up of large, complicated burrow structures with distinct living and hunting areas.
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. 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 six weeks, pups leave their mother and home tunnel completely. They are now independent. By late summer or fall, the little moles are making their own burrows.
Moles are not considered serious carriers of disease. However, they carry parasites such as ticks and fleas. Flea bites can potentially transmit infectious diseases such as Lyme disease. Take care not to touch trapped moles with your bare hands when disposing of them. In very rare cases, moles have been known to carry rabies.
Moles are well-known pests to human activities such as agriculture, lawn care, and gardening. Though often blamed for the eating of roots and seeds, moles are actually insectivores. Their favorite food is earthworms, but also feed on grubs, ants, spiders, and insects. Moles do not eat plant roots, but cause damage indirectly by eating earthworms in the soil. Other plant-eating animals like voles will use the hunting tunnels left behind by moles. Generally, the voles are the true culprits. However, moles can dislodge plant roots and kill grass as a result of tunneling.
Rather than killing moles, natural repellents may keep them at bay. Natural mole repellent can be as simple as planting vegetative barriers throughout the area. These include plants like daffodils and marigolds. Using these plants in your landscaping may lessen the chance of a future mole infestation.
Believe it or not, moles are actually beneficial animals, consuming huge numbers of potential insect pests. However, there is no doubt that they are highly attracted to a well-manicured lawn. They can become quite a nuisance, destroying the lawn’s root system with their tunnels. 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.
Homeowner DIY methods can be difficult to master when it comes to ridding your yard of moles. The moles’ labyrinth tunnel system makes it difficult to pinpoint where they are active, frustrating your removal methods. If you find that your own methods of mole removal are not working, it’s time to contact a professional. Apex Wildlife Control has wildlife technicians who are trained to locate and remove moles. So, give us a call. We are here to help !!!
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