What are Moles?

Moles are small pests that burrow in underground tunnels that can damage your yard. While moles aerate the soil and eat nuisance insects and beetles, most people view them as pests. Griffin can help you identify potential problems and prevent moles from destroying your yard.

Moles are primarily carnivorous animals. They eat grubs, worms, beetles and other subterranean insects. They build extensive networks of tunnels with volcano-like mounds at the entry points. We’ll help you further identify what are the signs of moles and give you advice on what you can do to get rid of them. When the problem becomes too big, Griffin Pest Solutions is always on hand for mole removal in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

What Does Mole Damage Look Like?

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Moles are prolific diggers and dedicate a good portion of their time to the creation of tunnels. Unfortunately, these tunnels can damage the plants above. As moles use their large, clawed feet to dig, they rip roots away from the stems of plants, essentially killing them.

Moles leave volcano shaped piles at the entrances to their tunnels. They also create raised ridges of earth along their trail routes. You may also notice areas where your lawn feels “squishy” underfoot and see dead patches of grass.

A large mole presence may indicate a high population of beetles and grubs and indicate unhealthy soil.

How Do You Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard?

Appearance – Moles are cylinder shaped and measure 4-9 inches long from nose to tail. Moles have soft fur that is dark gray or grayish brown. Some species of moles have a hairless cone-shaped nose. Their paws are pink with small black legs. Their front paws are short and have long claws used for digging. Moles have poor vision due to their exceedingly small eyes.

Biology – Moles are mammals but not rodents. They’re relatives of insect eaters like hedgehogs and shrews and primarily eat earthworms and white grubs. They don’t usually eat plants but may damage them while burrowing.  Moles spend most of their time underground. They prefer loose, moist soil to make their burrows in. They are most active in the morning and the evening.

Prevention – Because moles mainly eat earthworms and insects, compacting the soil or reducing soil moisture can make an area less desirable for moles. If your soil is grub-heavy, an insecticide can reduce the grub population and, in turn, the mole food supply. You can also plant flowers like daffodils and marigolds that act as natural mole repellents. If moles need to be controlled, trapping works best, but does take time. Poison baits typically don’t work well. Talk to your professional pest manager for advice and recommendations. The famer’s almanac lists several other mole preventatives you can try.

What Time of Year are Moles Most Active?

Moles tend to be most active in the springtime. As the weather and soil warm, you’re likely to see the increased signs of mole activity. When things get warmer, moles will dig deeper and spend more time underground. You typically don’t see as much activity in summer. Moles don’t hibernate.  During the winter they remain active and eat constantly well below the frost line.  

Mating season tends to be towards the end of winter, so spring is when you’ll see baby moles emerge. Spring is a good time to mole-proof your yard with raised garden beds, fencing and pest control measures.

What is the Fastest Way to Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard?

Moles are tricky animals to manage. A professional pest control tech can give you the fastest results. At Griffin Pest Solutions we first identify the “runs” that moles are using. From there we can bait these active runs repeatedly until the problem is solved. No traps to clean or dead animals to dispose of.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We’re happy to help with mole control and make sure your garden isn’t under siege from pests of any kind.