Moles are like the annoying house guest that won’t leave. They can create a mess of your lawn and garden and cause all kinds of chaos under your beautiful grass. Despite homeowners’ best efforts, remedying the situation can prove harder than they think. Many homeowners wonder how to get rid of moles in yard and garden spaces but don’t know where to turn. The best way to handle a mole problem is by enlisting the help of a professional pest control service.
The experts at Safari Lawn know all about mole control for lawns and which types of moles are most common in Michigan. Here are some facts that can help you understand the problem and why getting rid of moles is not a DIY job.
What Types of Moles Should I Watch For?
There are two main types of moles you’ll want to watch out for: the eastern mole and the star-nosed mole. The common mole (also called the eastern mole) is the bigger species and can cover some serious ground. It digs horizontally and has been known to cover about 2 acres in a day. It’s the energizer bunny of moles thanks to its insatiable appetite. It can consume its own body weight in insects every day.
The second type of mole is the star-nosed mole. It gets its name because of the flanges that extend off its nose in a star-like pattern. It moves in the opposite direction of the common mole. The star-nosed mole loves to dig up and down in long vertical tunnels leaving big mounds of soil on the surface.
Why Are Moles So Bad?
Despite what many people think, moles are not rodents. Moles are a type of mammal called an insectivore due to their diet of choice. Their main food source is earthworms and then grubs and other types of insects. If you think it might sound nice to have a mole to clear out your grub problem, think again.
As moles tunnel through your yard in search of food, they leave long dirt pathways or large mounds of soil in their wake. Not only are these areas of disturbance unsightly but they can cause real problems. When the mole burrows, it uproots the grass leaving it to wither and die. These areas of soft soil can also collapse causing potential “potholes” in your yard that can easily turn an ankle or send someone to the ground.
When Are Moles Active?
Moles love to eat, which means they are active all the time, day and night. They are also year-round critters who don’t take breaks unless there is extreme heat or cold. You will see activity in the winter as well as the spring, fall and summer. Moles reproduce in the winter so it is an especially important time to put an end to the problem.
Expect to see an increase in activity after rainfall or heavy watering. If the soil gets soft, the moles get moving.
How Can Safari Tree Help?
The reason eradicating a mole problem can be so challenging is because you have to eliminate the entire population. Safari Tree has developed a complete 4 phase program that is designed to keep moles out of your yard and garden for the entire season, guaranteed.
The professionals at Safari Tree identify active tunnels and imitate the mole’s natural food sources by placing bait injections every 8 to 10 feet. After the mole ingests the bait, they die and decompose underground in their tunnel. Safari Tree will return and retreat areas at least 45 days apart to ensure you go the course of the entire year without any reoccurring problems. If you choose a single application service, Safari Tree warranties that service for 45 days.
If moles have moved into your yard or garden, give Safari Tree a call. They will schedule a FREE service call and FREE estimate so you know how to get rid of moles in yard and garden areas fast.