Are moles tearing up your yard in Germantown 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!
Six mole types are found in North America, but the Eastern mole and the grey mole are the most common in Tennessee. Moles love to eat earthworms, spiders, grubs and adult insects. 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 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.
Moles are unique creatures that spend their lives underground, constantly digging to hunt and navigate under the earth's surface. Their digging habits notoriously destroy lawns, gardens and golf courses. Moles are insectivores, eating 70-100% of their weight in worms, grubs and insects each day. In order to hunt down their ground-dwelling prey, moles constantly excavate, leaving behind a series of tunnels. This digging requires a tremendous amount of energy, which may explain the mole's voracious appetite.
Moles are active throughout the daytime and nighttime and 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. Their large paddle-like front feet with prominent claws are designed for efficient digging. Gardeners don’t like moles very much, but you have to admit that moles are kind of cute! 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.
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 could 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.
Flowers like daffodils and marigolds are natural mole deterrents. Natural repellents simply keep moles at bay. Natural mole repellent can be as simple as incorporating certain plants in the area that deter moles. These include daffodils, marigolds, alliums, and fritillarias. Using certain plants in your landscaping may lessen the chance of a future mole infestation.
All in all, moles are beneficial animals, consuming numbers of potential insect pests and aerating the soil. However, there is no doubt that they are highly attracted to the bounty in a well-manicured lawn. They quickly become a nuisance, destroying 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 landscape.
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 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.
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.
At Apex Wildlife Control, our skilled technicians are trained in the most effective ways to remove moles from your yard. If you are ready to make your yard beautiful again, give us a call. We are here to help!
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