Professional Mole Removal and Control
Moles play a beneficial role in the management of soil and the control of undesirable grubs and insects, but homeowners may object to Mole mounds, Mole hills, and Mole tunnels in their yard. ® American Animal Control, LLC traps and removes moles in yards. We don’t use poisons or the big old dagger type traps. We trap moles often in yards of customers that have pets or small children and safety is always our # 1 concern. With up to date and newer style mole traps we can get a average size yard cleanup in 10-14 days. Although we cannot guarantee a mole may not travel 3 blocks down the road from your neighbors, we can sure trap and remove the mole from your yard if one shows up. ® American Animal Control, LLC offers seasonal mole trapping and mole removal programs. If you are tired of your yard or lawn looking like a cow pasture, or you just have a few mole trails or mole tunnels in your yard, give us a call, our mole removal service technicians are professional mole trappers and can get your lawn free of moles and looking like a golf course in a very short time. 877-264-3638.
There are basically two species of moles that we trap and remove in our service area; the eastern mole and the star-nosed mole. Eastern moles, which are the majority of moles we trap and remove, have a hairless, pointed snout extending nearly ½ inch in front of the mouth and are approximately 5 to 7 inches in body length. Moles are specialized for life underground. Their small eyes and the openings of the ears are concealed in the fur, and there are no external ears. The paddle-like forefeet are very large and broad with pronounced claws for digging. The hind feet are small and narrow with slender, sharp claws. Mole fur is short, soft, velvety, and when brushed offers no resistance in either direction. This adaptation allows moles to travel both forward and backward through the soil.
Professional Mole Trapping Service
Moles are solitary animals that come together only to breed. The gestation period of moles is approximately 42 days. Three to five young are born in March or early April. There is mixed opinions on the # of liters mole have each year. Some say only 1 others say 1-3. ® American Animal Control have experienced baby moles in the spring, summer, and even early fall.
Moles live in the seclusion of underground burrows, coming to the surface only rarely, and then often by accident. Moles have only a few predators because of their secluded life underground and may live for three to four years. Spring floods are probably the greatest danger facing adult moles and their young.
Moles are insectivores, not rodents, and are related to shrews. Their diet consists mainly of grubs, beetles, beetle larvae, and earthworms which seem to be most of their diet . Moles eat from 70 to 100 percent of their weight each day. The tremendous amount of energy expended in plowing through soil requires a correspondingly large amount of food to supply that energy. Moles do not hibernate but are more or less active all seasons of the year. They are busiest finding and storing foods during rainy periods in summer.
Because of their food requirements, moles must cover a larger area than do most animals that live underground. Three to five moles per acre are considered a high population for most areas. Moles prefer to hunt in loose, moist soil that is rich in grubs and earthworms. This preference accounts for the mole’s attraction to lawns and golf courses, and fields.
Seasonal Mole Trapping and Removal Programs are available
Moles play a beneficial role in the management of soil and the control of undesirable grubs and insects. By tunneling and shifting soil particles, moles permit better aeration of the soil.
Mole damage that is most objectionable to homeowners includes mole mounds, molehills, and mole feed trails, or mole tunnels. Mole hills are circular mounds of dirt surrounding a vertical shaft. Mole tunnels create a heaved surface that makes lawn mowing difficult and may cause brown traces in a lawn as grass roots dry out from being separated from the soil. Often seen by most customers a a long sometimes curving trail right below the surface of the ground, soft squishy trails.
A mole’s den area consists of irregular chambers about the size of a quart jar connected with deep runways located from 12 to 18 inches beneath the soil surface. Deep runways also lead from the mole’s den to its hunting grounds. Often, the only evidence of these deep tunnels is the molehills or mole mounds formed as the mole excavates deep underground, displacing the soil up on top of the lawn.
At the feeding grounds, most of a mole’s runway system is made up of shallow tunnels ranging over the entire area. These underground hunting paths are about 1¼ to 1½ inches in diameter. Once dug, these shallow tunnels may be used regularly as moles hunt for the earthworms and insects that lay in the tunnels.
Mole Mounds and Mole Tunnels in yard
Moles are often blamed for the destruction of bulbs, seeds, and garden plants. However, moles rarely consume plants or plant parts. Plant damage is often an indirect result of the protective cover that mole passages provide for other species of small mammals. Voles, Shrews and Mice. Mice and Shrews will live in and move through mole runways, eating and gnawing on grains, seeds, and even worms. Moles can, however, damage plants by disrupting their roots as they tunnel underneath.
It is important to properly identify the kind of animal causing damage before setting out to control the problem. Moles are most often confused with shrews and voles. Shrews are much smaller than moles (3 to 4 inches in body length) and are mouse-like in appearance with a long, pointed snout, a short dense coat of fur, and small eyes. Shrews do not create surface tunnels but may feed in runways or tunnels of other small mammals. Voles, also called meadow mice, are about the same size as moles (4 to 6 inches in body length) with relatively large black eyes, small ears, a blunt face, and prominent orange front teeth for gnawing. Meadow voles, are herbivores and eat a variety of grasses, seeds, and roots. Rather than digging, voles clip grass at the base to form above-ground tunnels or bare runways through the grass. These are especially noticeable in spring when melting snow reveals the network of runways that voles used to move under the snow surface. Chipmunks and Gofers may also excavate tunnels in lawns, but they do not create molehills and their deep tunnels are not visible at the surface.
Mole Trapping is always the best method to remove moles in the yard
A serious mole problem indicates that moles have an abundant food supply. If the food supply can be eliminated or reduced, the moles will be forced to leave the area. However, earthworm are the moles main diet and help provide benefits to yards. Grub control is helpful, but not a guarantee that mole problems will go away. Trapping and removing moles from the yard is always the best method to eliminate moles from yards.
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Caution: The use of pesticides to kill organisms in the lawn can have serious disadvantages. When the food supply is eliminated, moles may increase their digging in search of food before leaving the area, possibly increasing damage to turf or garden areas. Also, the necessary chemicals may be expensive relative to other methods, and there is usually a delay of several weeks before any effect on moles can be expected. Finally, and perhaps most important, chemical control of lawn insects and earthworms may be harmful to ground-feeding birds and other wildlife.
Trapping is the most successful and practical method of controlling moles. Each type of trap, if properly handled, will give good results. The traps are set over a depressed portion of the surface over the mole feed trails or mole tunnels. As a mole moves through the tunnel, it pushes upward on the depressed tunnel roof and trips the trigger pan of the trap. These traps are well suited to moles because the mole springs them when following its natural instinct to reopen obstructed passageways. Success or failure in the use of these devices depends largely on the operator’s knowledge of the mole’s habits and of the trap mechanism. Many homeowners will attempt to try and catch the moles in their yard before calling us. We receive calls from homeowners that have tried to catch the moles in their yard but finally gave up with very little success. Moles can sometimes be very difficult to catch. Our professional mole trappers have caught thousands of moles over the years. Taking great caution and while trapping moles in yards our service technicians look for lawn sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads as not to damage irrigation systems. Our update and innovated mole traps and trapping service provides the safest and fastest mole removal solutions available.
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