Who has not experienced the frustration of seeing the beauty of their finely manicured lawn spoiled by the eruption of mole mounds? Moles can be incredibly destructive – and annoying. It is not uncommon for people to attribute the damage of one of two moles to fifty in disbelief that a single pair of animals could do so much damage. Creature Control has had mole jobs where a single pair of moles had completely destroyed almost five acres of yard! So what are moles doing down there under your yard and how can you get rid of them?
Moles Native to Colorado-Wyoming
There is only one native species of mole common to the Colorado-Wyoming region, and this is the eastern mole, also known simply as the common mole. The eastern mole can dig between 30 to 100 yards a day, depending on the season and soil content. Most mole damage occurs during the warm months; moles can be active in warmer winter months, but in Colorado-Wyoming this is unlikely. A mole’s life is not complicated; basically they eat and dig constantly, feeding on worms and larvae in the soil. They are capable of causing a considerable amount of damage to lawns from their burrowing.
Moles dig horizontally and have a very large range, sometimes up to 2 acres. The eastern mole is a voracious eater and may consume up to 100% of its body weight daily. Their natural diet consist of worms and grubs, but they will also feed on ants, centipedes, snails, and slugs as well as grass seed, dog food and any human food left on the ground.
How to Remove Moles
Successful mole removal depends on getting the population under control by removing as many moles as possible, hopefully extracting the breeding pairs. Creature Control uses both mole traps and rodenticide depending on what will be the most cost effective, the type of mole and extent of the damage.
Creature Control’s approach to mole control is not only to remove moles but to educate customers on how to make their property less conducive to mole problems. Usually there is some kind of property modifications that can be made in order to discourage mole activity. For example, over-watering yards can create problems because it brings earthworms to the surface, which in turn brings moles. Mulch beds and decorative gardening tend to attract moles because the subterranean insects that make their home in the mulch. These are just two examples of habitat modifications that can be made to discourage mole activity.
By the way, it is not a good idea to try killing moles with exhaust. It doesn’t really work. It’s best to call a professional animal control company with experience in mole removal.