Since a mole’s primary food source is earthworms, we use a worm-shaped mole bait that mimics the look and smell of an earthworm to lure active moles who are currently creating tunnels (also known as runs) in your yard. After just one feeding, that particular mole will no longer be a problem after about 2 days and in most cases will not come back to the surface again. As we set the bait, we wear gloves so that the moles will not be able to pick up any scent of a human on the bait or in the runs. We set 10-12 baits on an average size yard and after the baits are set it is best to stay clear of these runs until we don’t see anymore mole activity. When we don’t see anymore activity or new runs, we will know the moles are gone.
What is a Mole?
Moles are small mammals that dig and live underground. They have cylindrical bodies, velvety fur, very small, inconspicuous ears and eyes, reduced hind limbs and short, powerful forelimbs with large paws adapted for digging. A mole’s diet consists of worms and other small insects and little grubs. Because of this diet, moles are unlikely to dine on the plants in your garden. Moles are great at digging underground and can create tunnels (or runs) underground in an effort to find food.
How Do I Know If I Have Moles?
You probably have a mole if the mounds of dirt are round, symmetrical and conical, like miniature volcanoes. The dirt is fluffy with occasional clods on top of the mound. A mole mound, sometimes known as a mole hill, can be more than a foot in diameter. Just because the moles do not eat your plants, that does not mean they do not cause damage. The tunnels they dig can cause problems to the roots of your plants and grass; they can destroy your lawn.
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