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Finding and Preventing Moles in Your Yard

Mole mounds in backyard
Moles are one of the many pests that homeowners in Alabama must manage. These small, insect-eating animals grow to be about 8 inches long. They are identified by their long snouts; tiny eyes; and gray, brown, or black fur. They have large paws with long claws that are designed for digging. 

How Can You Tell If You Have Moles in Your Yard?
Moles live underground all year round, so many homeowners never see them. However, there are other telltale signs that homeowners can look for to see if they have a mole problem. 

Volcano-Like Mounds

Moles spend their time digging in the ground, burrowing and tunneling to search for insects and their larvae. A typical mole will not use a tunnel more than one time, which means that one mole will make many crisscrossing tunnels through the yard. Each tunnel will have an entry and exit point marked by a volcanolike mound of soil in the middle of the grass.  

No Raised Ridges in the Grass

Some other types of animals that burrow through the ground will leave ridges on the lawn. These ridges happen when the burrowing animal pushes up the soil to create its tunnels. Moles push soil to the side and thus will not leave these ridges. 

Dead Grass Over Tunnels

Moles destroy grass roots as they burrow through the soil. This means that grass in areas where moles have dug will quickly turn brown. 

What Can You Do to Keep Moles off Your Property?

Unfortunately, most of the methods that homeowners can use to keep moles off their property are not realistic for most homeowners. Many of these methods involve the installation of a perimeter barrier or use of chemicals to treat the lawn. 

Underground Galvanized Fence

An underground galvanized fence that goes down about two feet can keep moles from burrowing into the lawn via the soil. This fence must also stick up above the ground at least six inches, to prevent moles from walking onto the lawn over the fence.

Insecticides

Moles like to eat insects, worms in particular. Homeowners can try to keep moles away by treating their lawn regularly with insecticide, which will usually harm worms too, but worms are beneficial because they help aerate gardens and increase soil fertility. For this reason, many homeowners do not want to eliminate worms from their lawn. 

Gravel Moat

A gravel moat is a deep hole that has been dug in the soil and filled with gravel. The gravel moat is similar to the underground galvanized fence, because a mole cannot dig through gravel. 

What Can Homeowners Do to Get Rid of Moles on the Property?
There are many home remedies for getting rid of moles, but many of these remedies are not very effective. Traps are generally considered the best way to get rid of moles. Homeowners can purchase mole traps from a local home improvement store or local home and garden center.

Homeowners who set up their own traps must follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure that the traps are properly set. Traps need to be moved daily. Moles are solitary creatures that do not live in communities, so typically only one mole must be caught per property, though you may have more if your yard is large.  

Homeowners can also work with a pest control company to trap moles. Pest control companies have effective commercial remedies to trap and remove moles from residential properties. 

Contact Your Pest Control Company for More Answers to Pest Control Questions
Homeowners who have more questions about moles can talk to a reputable pest control company from their community. At Beebe's Pest and Termite Control, we're happy to answer homeowner questions about moles and mole infestations. To find out more about moles and other pests, contact us today.

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