Mole Identification & Prevention

mole holes in the grass

What are moles?

You may not have seen moles before, but they are likely tunneling under your property! Moles are small mammals that live underground. They are between 6 to 8 inches long and have velvety brown and dark grey fur. Other characteristics of these pests are their large clawed paws, hairless snout, and small eyes hidden by fur.

There are some benefits to having this pest in your yards, such as natural aeration, which promotes healthier soil, and garden pest control. Moles consume some plant and crop-damaging pests; they can also cause damage, as you will read about below. The best way to stop moles in their tracks is with a home pest control plan from SureShot Pest Control. Learn more when you contact us today.

Are moles dangerous?

Moles are not considered dangerous to people but can cause significant lawn damage. Although not necessarily dangerous, one of the most frustrating results of a mole problem is the cosmetic damage they cause. Moles can ruin gardens, turf, ornamental plants, paths, and more. Not only do they cause cosmetic issues, but they can make affected areas unsafe to walk in as their activity creates tripping hazards.

Why do I have a mole problem?

Moles eat insects like earthworms, larvae, grubs, beetles, and more. The presence of these pests in your yard can mean that you have a healthy lawn and soil. So while it may be more convenient to think moles only damage poorly maintained yards, the reality is they are more likely to affect healthy, manicured lawns.

A healthy lawn can attract moles because it has soft soil that they can tunnel through and is home to many insects they eat.

Where will I find moles?

Moles live primarily underground in intricate tunnel and burrow systems. Because of this, you are not likely to see them but may see signs of them, which include:

  • Uprooted or dead plants
  • More weeds
  • Areas of dead grass that seem to be in a pattern
  • Surface tunnels, which will look like dirt or grass crisscrossing the lawn
  • Mole hills

How do I get rid of moles?

If you see signs of moles in your yard, contact our pest management experts at SureShot Pest Control. The technician you work with will inspect your property to understand better the pest problem you are experiencing and implement a mole baiting program based on the inspection findings. 

We offer professional pest control services in Greenville and all throughout Michigan. Call today for a free over-the-phone quote to start residential and commercial mole control services, and find out if you live in our pest control service area.

How can I prevent moles in the future?

Preventing moles can be tricky since they live mostly underground. The best way to prevent moles is with professional assistance and expertise. To get you started, here are some of our recommended tips:

  • Use plants as a barrier. Daffodils, marigolds, or any other type of allium plants are natural deterrents for moles because they don’t like their scents.
  • Dig a trench perimeter that is three feet deep and filled with rocks is a helpful way to keep moles out of specific areas.
  • Get rid of grubs and other mole food sources on your property.

Give us a call at SureShot Pest Control for more mole control tips and baiting services.

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