Before we outline our Mole Trapping Services. We wanted to touch base on the life & times of a typical mole. Understanding your lawn’s enemy helps to conquer the battle and take control back of your yard.
Moles spend almost all their lives underground in a combination of a semi-permanent and permanent system of tunnels. The surface tunnels are short-lived and usually occur in areas of light sandy and shallow soil, where their food (grubs & worms) is closer to the surface. What you do not see is typically a system of permanent deep burrows which form a complex network hundreds of meters long at varying depths in the soil. The deepest tunnels are used most in times of drought and cold temperatures. Permanent tunnels are used repeatedly for feeding over long periods of time, sometimes by several generations of moles will use the tunnel system.
Earthworms are the most important part of the mole’s diet. Here is a surprising fact – A mole eats well over half their body weight in worms each day. Moles also eat many insect larvae particularly in the summer, though earthworms dominate the winter diet. Moles sometimes collect and store their food (earthworms) alive in special chambers. The stored worms are immobilized by a bite to the head, AMAZINGLY almost 500 worms have been recorded in one chamber.
Here is the reason why homeowners are always shocked when we tell them it is probably one or two moles causing the damage – Moles are solitary for most of the year, occupying exclusive territories. With the start of the breeding season, males span out, tunneling over large areas in search of females. Within the network of tunnels, moles construct one or more spherical nest chambers, each lined with dry plant material. Nests are used for sleeping and for raising young. A litter of 3 or 4 babies is born in the spring. Their fur starts to grow at 14 days, eyes open at 22 days and they are weaned at 4-5 weeks. The young start to leave the nest after 30 days and disperse from their mother’s home range at 5-6 weeks.
We have found the absolute most effective measure for mole control is TRAPPING. However, we have multiple tools in our arsenal to conquer the war against moles. Our mole control program stretches the campaign over a 2 week period. The flat-rate fee for the mole control program covers that two-week duration with up to 5 visits, although 4 visits usually are all that is required.