How to Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard

How to Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard

Want to know how to get rid of moles for good? We can help you solve the frustrating problem in your yard caused by moles.

Moles digging in your yard

Do you have holes appearing in your grass and suspect it is the work of a destructive mole in your yard?

You know moles are tunneling below the ground if you see a series of 3-5 inch rounded, raised ridges breaking the surface of your lawn, accompanied by small dirt piles.

Extensive damage may be caused, unless you trap or kill the invasive pests before they have the chance.

At first, little damage is caused. In fact, they eliminate the larvae of destructive insects, and naturally aerate the soil, so they’re not entirely useless. When they invade lawns and gardens, over time they will tear up large areas of your beautiful green grass and uproot your plants. Ridges will brown quickly because the tunneling uproots your grass roots.

Related: What animal is digging in my garden?

 

What Are Moles?

Moles are burrowing insectivores, not rodents as commonly believed. They grow from 6-8 inches long and have gray to black velvety fur, with slender hairless snouts, and small eyes and ears.

Their large front feet have long claws that dig much like a hoe. They tend to live alone, except during their breeding season during early spring, so the multi-tunneled pattern of their tunnels is likely to be home to only one mole.

You need to learn how they live, in order to understand how to get rid of them. Moles will build new feeding tunnels constantly, and may not use the same way twice.  Exit and entry mounds are usually round and symmetrical, with pushed up volcano like piles. The hole usually has dirt in it but remains visible. Runways are connections to 12-18 inched under the ground, not usually visible, and used repeatedly by moles.

Being most active during warmer, wet months, moles live underground year-round. They prefer moist, sandy loam soils over dry, heavy clay soils. Feeding on insects and insect larvae, their preferred dinner includes earthworms and white grubs.

 

Similar looking to Pocket Gophers

Another small rodent that tunnels underground is a pocket gopher. Homeowners sometimes confuse the two. Gophers do not create lawn ridges. They do eat the roots of grass and other plants. Their flattened tunnels have fan-shaped or semi-circular mounds. Eliminating pocket gophers with mesh barriers, traps and poison baits without strychnine. Predators that eat the poisoned gopher may also die.

Mesh barriers, traps, and poison baits can be used to eliminate pocket gophers. NOTE: Avoid baits that contain strychnine because predators that eat the poisoned gopher may also die.

NOTE: Avoid baits that contain strychnine because predators that eat the poisoned gopher may also die.

Attic Solutions offers humane removal of moles in your yard.

 

How to Get Rid of Moles

Mole repellant, poisons, fumigants and home remedies are not very effective in getting rid of moles. The best way is to use a mole-specific trap.

Move the tunnel traps daily if you do not get rid of the mole, following the package directions for correct placement. There are above, and below ground traps, for getting rid of moles. Spring and fall, when the ground is moist but not frozen, are the best times of year for getting rid of moles because the animal pests are most active then.

In most cases, removing just one or two moles can solve the problem, because moles don’t live in communities.

NOTE: You can trap moles without a permit in Illinois.

Related: Do I Need a Permit to Remove a Nuisance Animal in Illinois?

 

Organic Controls to Get Rid of Moles

Moles live less than three years, so if the problem is not severe, you can simply wait it out.

Improving soil drainage can discourage them as well, as they tend to like moist soil.

One of the key ways of learning how to get rid of moles is mastering the barrier method. Bury a 24-inch metal or hardware cloth barrier at least 1 foot below the surface and bend the bottom out at a 90-degree angle.

Although moles like to eat grubs, using a chemical control against grubs won’t work for mole control because the pest’s diet also includes earthworms (which are good for your soil) and other insects. Avoid using insecticides on lawns, as it may kill beneficial insects.

Related: Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Rat Poison or Mouse Poisons

For professional mole removal from your yard in the Chicago area call (847) 464-1861


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