Moles are a very common underground pest that’s challenging to control. They tear up your lawn and garden with tunnels, and cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to landscaping and gardens.
If you have a mole problem, and hire a professional to rid your yard of these nuisance creatures, how do you know their methods will work? What do the professionals use to get rid of moles?
What is a Mole?
Moles are sometimes mistaken for rodents; however, they’re from a completely different family of animals. In fact, they’re more closely related to bats. Moles are carnivores who thrive on eating worms and grubs, as they dig underground tunnels through a yard. They also eat snakes, scorpions, and more.
You’ll know a mole when you see it. They have large hairless hands, which have long claws designed for digging through soil. They have sharp, pointed muzzles, tiny eyes, and their bodies are shaped something like a potato. Their snout is also hairless, and they don’t have external ears.
Moles usually grow to be about 4-7 inches long and their fur is a dark black-brownish grey.
How Do I Know There’s a Mole Problem in my Yard?
Moles leave telltale evidence in your yard including the following signs:
- Digging tunnels that are about 10 inches underground. You’ll notice holes that resemble volcanoes in your yard, where the mole has come to the surface to look for mates or scan the surroundings.
- You may also notice surface tunnels in the yard.
Mole Damage to the Garden
Moles can be very destructive creatures. Their tunnels can dig through plant root systems, including grass, which causes dead plants and brown patches on the lawn. In addition, the holes and collapsed tunnels can create dangerous conditions for pets and children.
Moles have also been known to dig up and damage in-ground sprinkler systems, which then leads to expensive repairs.
In addition, moles can carry rabies, which is an extremely dangerous disease to you, your family, and pets.
Can DIY Methods Work Against Moles?
As with other types of DIY pest control methods, getting rid of moles in this manner can be dangerous. Chemicals are not only hazardous to the one applying them, but can also be dangerous for pets, young children, and other animals in the area. Not only that, but the poison can be washed away and end up in water sources, which spreads the poison to other animals and people.
Other DIY methods are simply not effective. Trapping is the best method to get rid of moles, but this must be done by a professional. This is because the traps must be placed in the right places, and then set up correctly. If not done right, the person using the traps could be injured, as well as pets or young children.
Common Commercial Remedies Used to Get Rid of Moles
There are a wide range of commercial methods professional exterminators use to rid the yard of moles. While that may be true, you may ask if these are actually effective. And how do you know these remedies will really work?
We’ve created a quick list of the most common commercial methods used to get rid of moles:
1). Insecticides: this is a method you may not be familiar with, but insecticides can be used to get rid of moles. The commercial insecticide is used so that the favourite food of moles not longer tastes good. The chemicals make their preferred foods include grubs and earthworms. This can be an effective solution, as moles are known to eat their body weight of these insects each day.
However, this type of remedy is quite expensive. The insecticides must be applied every 3-4 weeks, and only after heavy rains. It may take as many as 20 to 30 applications to get rid of a mole problem. This can be pricey at 15.04 GBP per application. This makes the method prohibitive for many people.
2). Traps: mole traps are another commercial remedy that’s quite popular. Trapping the moles is one of the best ways to get rid of the critters for good. It’s also more humane and reduces the risk of other issues.
The only problem with this method is that moles are difficult to catch. It takes an experienced, knowledgeable exterminator to trap moles and remove them.
3). Smoke bombs: this is another very popular method that’s used by commercial pest removal companies. Here, smoke bombs are put into holes; they work by killing the moles with poisonous gases.
The issue with this method is that moles can dig very deep tunnels and easily escape the toxic gases. They can even block their tunnels up in about 2-3 seconds, which can make this method ineffective.
4). Sonic noisemakers: these can be used by professional mole removal companies, too. The idea is that the sonic noise scares the moles and makes them leave the yard.
The main problem is that here, again, moles can dig very deep tunnels to escape the sonic noise makers. They can also become accustomed to the noise and stick around the yard wreaking havoc. Plus, the noise makers may be only be effective for a couple of days. For these reasons, sonic noisemakers are not an effective long-term solution to rid your yard of moles.
5). Poisoned nuts and seeds: this is another method used by commercial exterminators. They place poisonous nuts and seeds into the mole holes and tunnels. The idea is that the moles will eat these and die.
However, there are problems with this method. It’s not very effective because the moles need to eat the poisoned nuts and seeds. Their favourite foods are grubs and worms, not nuts and seeds. In addition, the poison is not considered a humane pest control method, and it’s not effective in getting rid of the moles.
6). Talpirid bait: this commercial pest control method uses poisonous worms, which are dropped into mole hills and tunnels. The hope is the moles will eat these.
However, this is not a humane pest control method, because it causes death by haemorrhaging. It can also lead to secondary poisoning if a dog, cat, or other animals eat the mole or the poisoned worms.
If you believe you’re dealing with a mole problem, then don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have the knowledge and experience to get rid of moles for good. Just give us a call—we’re looking forward to helping you with this pest control problem.