Mole Control

Subterranean wildlife pests like moles can be difficult to identify and even harder to get rid of. In certain cases, moles are beneficial because they provide deep soil aeration while consuming earthworms, grubs, and other underground insects as food. As such, they may be useful in natural grasslands such as prairies. They, however, can frustrate homeowners who want a picturesque lawn.

You might never see a mole itself because they live underground and typically come on land to find a mate. But their tunnels are unmistakable evidence that this pest has taken up residence on your land and you might need mole control.

Getting Rid of Moles?
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What Are Moles?

Moles are small, burrowing animals that come in dozens of species. They are tiny predators with a reputation for being expert tunnelers. They dig intricate networks of tunnels and paths through soil, vegetation, and leaf litter.

Moles are among the least studied mammals due to their cryptic habits and underground lifestyle. They also tend to be misinterpreted a lot. For example, a common misconception is that moles are completely blind or lack eyes. Although moles typically have a fairly primitive vision, all mole species have eyes.

Differences Between Moles and Groundhogs

Nothing irritates a proud homeowner more than finding a bewildering network of tunnels and holes in a beautifully manicured lawn. Even though the nefarious perpetrator is probably a groundhog or a mole, it’s crucial to identify the problem correctly to stop additional harm to your property.

Here are the main differences between moles and groundhogs that you need to know about:

  • Physical characteristics: The back of a groundhog’s body has a white line that runs the length of its reddish-brown body. They have a long, furry tail and short, stocky legs. Moles have shovel-like front feet, long, pointed snouts, and black fur.
  • Diet: Groundhogs are herbivores that eat primarily grasses and other plants. Moles are insectivores, which means they eat earthworms, grubs, and other insects.
  • Behavioral patterns: Groundhogs are mostly active during the day and are solitary creatures, though they can form small colonies. Moles are active both day and night and can live in groups of up to eight individuals.

Where Can Moles Be Found?

The most prevalent species in the northern United States, including Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Vermont, and Massachusetts, is the star-nosed mole.

Their belly and underside have lighter brown fur, while their fur can range from dark brown to black. They will look for habitats close to bodies of water, in marshes, swamps, and other places with inadequate drainage. They prefer moist to damp soil.

What Effects Do Moles Have on Lawns and Gardens?

Moles on your property are more of a nuisance than anything else. The majority of their damage to your lawn is cosmetic; their hours of tunneling churn up the soil, leaving your lawn looking uneven and patchy.

Additionally, mowing the lawn can be challenging due to their underground tunnels. Although they won’t consume vegetation or bulbs, their burrowing may disturb, cause withering, and eventually kill grass and other plants.

How Do You Control Moles Naturally?

Because they are considered wildlife, you may need a license to deal with moles. If you do not have a severe infestation, you should be aware of natural mole control methods. Just keep in mind that the most effective mole control methods are preventative:

  • Moles are drawn to soil that is rich in earthworms and insects. Mole infestations can be avoided by reducing soil moisture and removing food sources.
  • Because moles can dig very deep, a standard privacy fence around your yard will not keep them out. However, smaller physical barriers around specific areas, such as your garden or trees, can prevent them from tearing up roots and grass.
  • A homemade solution of three parts castor oil to one part dish soap can be sprayed on your lawn and mole tunnel entrances. Before using, dilute the homemade concentrate with water. Moles won’t perish from castor oil, but it will irritate their digestive systems and drive them to seek out other food sources.

Even though moles are typically a simple yard issue that you can handle yourself, there are situations when it is preferable to hire assistance before the damage gets too severe or expensive.

Call Titan Pest Services Now

Titan Pest Services can assist you if you are having problems with these animals in New Jersey.

We are an experienced and compassionate wildlife removal company that specializes in removing various types of animals from homes and commercial buildings. To ensure the safety and well-being of both the animals and our clients, we remove animals humanely and prevent them from returning in the future.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance keeping your home safe from wildlife.