Identifying and Ridding Your Yard of a Mole Infestation
Moles are ground-dwelling animals that eat the insects in the yard while staying away from your plants. Many homeowners are unaware of how much damage these animals can actually cause for a yard and garden. Moles dig underground tunnels. While they aren’t eating the plants in your garden, the tunnels they dig are providing easy access for the other rodents to do so. A mole infestation is often found where the soil is rich in organic matter.
So, if you have moles, it may also be a sign that your soil is not doing well.
Moles are small animals with a pointed muzzle, small eyes, and potato-shaped bodies. They move seamlessly underground with the use of their wide front flippers. These flippers easily part the soil as they move along. They are most active in the early morning hours or evening time during the spring and fall months when the soil is moist.
Damage Caused by Moles
Since moles typically feed on small insects, grubs, and other soil organisms, they tend to dig deep to find them. The tunnels are usually ten inches underground at least. To check your yard for these tunnels, look for something that looks like a small raised volcano in the yard. If you find surface tunnels or ridges, these can also be a sign of mole activity in your yard.
Preventing a Mole Infestation
If you find yourself faced with a mole infestation, one of the best solutions is going to be trapping. Sometimes this is also the only surefire way to get rid of the moles. Use a humane trap to capture the moles. You should then release them at least five miles from the home in a rural area and away from other yards and gardens.
Having an outdoor cat that likes to take strolls through the yard and garden may also prove to be effective at keeping a mole infestation at bay as well. You can also combine three parts castor oil to one part dish detergent. Put four tablespoons of this mixture into a gallon of water and use it in your yard. Moles do not like the taste of castor oil.
Moving forward, check your soil regularly for pests. If you have moles, then you have a large supply of grubs and other insects for them to munch on. It also never hurts to have the professionals come out to assess the problem and offer more solutions and advice for your mole infestation.