Are moles tearing up your yard?
If you look at your yard do you see several raised trails going in different directions across your lawn? And if you step on one of those trails does your foot sink into the turf? These trails are mole tunnels which the varmint uses to move across your lawn creating a lot of damage in the process.
Moles are small creatures about 6 inches long and weigh between 4 to 5 ounces. Moles mate in February and March with the gestation period of six weeks. On average, female moles can produce three to five offsprings. Moles do not hibernate but if the surface of the lawn freezes in the winter their digging activity on the surface drops and they move into their deep burrows. Most of the time moles are busy day and night, especially in the spring and summer after it rains.
If you see raised ridges on the surface it means there is a network of mole tunnels underground. Moles constantly move back and forward between the surface and their nests. The mole tunnels you see above the ground may be used daily, from time to time, or simply used once and abandoned.
The good news is if you have moles in your yard it means you’ve been doing a great job looking after your lawn. Moles are not interested in your grass or plants but are after the plump grubs and earthworms. Your lawn is most likely very healthy with rich soil and just the right amount of moisture. The underground life of your yard is what attracts the moles since 90% of their diet consists of grubs, worms and bugs.
Why You Should Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard
Believe it or not, the mole tunnels in your yard do a little good to your turf. By creating the tunnels and constantly digging moles aerate the soil, and because of their diet they help to keep the bug population in your yard at a lower level. However, if you are a passionate animal lover and wondering if you should get rid of the moles in your yard, the answer is a resounding yes.
Apart from the fact that mole tunnels make your lawn look unattractive, there is even a greater damage being done underneath it. When moles dig they disrupt the root systems which may lead to grass and other plants growing slower or/and becoming diseased. Additionally, the tunnels may attract other critters like field mice and voles who love to feed on the exposed roots.
Our Mole Eradication Services
If you search the Internet on how to get rid of moles you will come up with hundreds of methods of mole eradication. There are many different mole traps you can buy, as well as mole repellents and mole baits. Homeowners also try home remedies such as castor oil, planting certain flowers and bushes or an old-fashioned shovel. Perhaps you tried all of these methods (or some of them) but the problem still persists.
The truth is, once a mole moves in it is extremely hard to discourage him and force him to leave. You also need to act fast because, as we mentioned above, moles do mate and soon there may be at least three or four moles wreaking havoc in your yard. Another important fact to keep in mind is that moles are able to extend these raised trails you see in your lawn at the rate of 100 feet per day!
If you are ready to get professional help to get rid of the moles in your yard once and for all you should contact our specialists at Super-Natural Landscaping. Our mole eradication services includes the use the Gopher X Extermination Device which kills gophers, ground squirrels, moles, voles, rats, prairie dogs and other rodents and pests. This sophisticated and highly-effective device uses carbon monoxide which is pushed through the mole’s tunnel along with heated smoke. This method is completely safe for pets and other animals.
To maximize the results of our treatment our team first visits your home to determine the best strategy for your mole problem. All the raised trails created by the moles need to be flattened out so when you go back the next day it is easier to determine where the newest mound is. The reason why you’d want to apply the treatment at the newest mound is to make sure the cloud of carbon monoxide is being sent in one direction only.
It happens quite often that a mole who’s been digging around a yard for some time has a very well-established system of tunnels with several offshoots for food storage and nesting. When the smoke is being pushed down the tunnel a mole may have many different places to run off to. That is why our specialists at Super-Natural Landscaping set traps in addition to the smoke treatment. Our goal is to eliminate any moles in your yard and we’ve found smoking and traps to be the most effective combination to catch these varmints.
Another important issue is that if you have a mole in your yard you probably have two or more. When one mole is eliminated the others take over his tunnels. That is why often after we catch one mole our clients tell us new mounds appeared the next day. Rest assured, we’ll keep applying the treatment until your yard is mole-free.
You should also take a look at your neighbors’ yard. If your neighbor has a similar (or worse) mole problem it may be where the moles in your yard come from.
Moles are an irritating and a stressful issue, especially for a homeowner who really looks after his yard. Let the Super-Natural Landscaping team help you with your problem and get rid of the moles in your yard! We serve residents in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway and surrounding communities around the Grand Strand. Contact us or give us a call today at (843) 246-5598.