Moles are small, solitary creatures that live underground and mainly eat insects to survive. While this means the plants in your garden might be safe, the real damage comes from the underground tunnels that moles dig.
Moles have large front feet with long claws that act as the perfect tool for digging. Their tunnels can be easily identified by the 3-to-5 inch raised ridges they leave on the surface. At the end of each tunnel is usually a volcano-shaped entry and exit holes.
As they dig, moles tend to destroy roots and everything else in their path, which can completely ruin gardens and lawns. If you have a mole in your yard, here is everything you need to know to keep them away.
Whether you are trying to protect your entire yard, or just a small area, an underground fence will do the trick. This barrier can be created by burying metal, wire mesh, or hardware cloth. For the best results, place the material at least a foot below the surface. Moles tend to tunnel about ten inches underground so your barrier has to be at least this deep to be effective.
When a mole tunnels into the subterranean barrier, it will most likely turn around and continue digging in the path of least resistance.
Moles tend to live in areas with moist or sandy soils since it proves much easier to dig through to find insects or insect larvae. That being said, homeowners can discourage moles from entering their lawn by improving soil drainage.
This can be accomplished by mixing in compost materials to help aerate the soil and allow the water to drain more easily through the air pockets. Homeowners can also plant marsh marigold, swamp sunflower, iris, or other water-loving plants that will soak up extra water in the ground. Another great choice is to install a drain tile that serves to channel water away from the yard.
Eliminate Food Source
With this strategy, you can eliminate two problems in one – moles and insects. If you eliminate the moles’ food source, they will have no choice but to leave in search of a new area with an adequate amount of food present.
Beneficial nematodes are one of the most popular and effective ways to get rid of insect larvae, otherwise known as grubs. The nematodes are microscopic organisms that infest and parasitize insects in the ground. This is perfect for homeowners that are looking for a completely natural way to keep insects and moles from ruining their lawn.
Another great option is regularly watering your lawn using a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide will not only help to eradicate insects, but will also improve the flow of oxygen, which will encourage plant growth.
Have A Mole Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a mole problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.