You’ve invested hours in making your yard beautiful and all of the sudden you see it -- mounds and tunnels all throughout your yard, disrupting the landscape you’ve worked so hard to build! If you’ve had this experience, you’re most likely dealing with moles. Known to tunnel through lawns eating up worms and plants beneath the surface, moles can leave your yard looking like a lumpy mess. Unfortunately, oftentimes people don’t even know they have mole problems until there’s already a good amount of damage to their grass. Today we’ll discuss everything you need to know from mole identification to elimination!
Signs of Moles in Your Yard
The most obvious sign would be if you actually saw a mole with your own eyes. Moles are strange looking creatures--with pointed muzzles, tiny eyes, and bodies about the size of a potato, these unique creatures use their wide flipper-like front paws to tunnel through dirt eating up bugs and insects along the way.
However, since moles are nocturnal and spend most of their time underground, most people don’t actually see moles in their lawn. Instead, the most common and recognizable sign of a mole is underground tunneling visible on the surface. Moles feed on grubs and other insects, tunneling through dirt to catch them. And while these are often the kind of grubs that can damage your lawn, in order to get to the grubs, the tunnels they dig create raised areas and mounds throughout your yard which loosens dirt and can easily cause lasting damage in your lawn.
So while eliminating grubs or other bugs that damage your lawn may sound like a good option, when it comes at the cost of tunnels and surface damage, it may not be the best idea to let moles hang around.
What Other Damage Can a Mole Cause?
Along with the surface damage and raised areas, secondary pests can also come along and use the tunnels moles leave behind. Known to use the tunnels as transportation, voles and mice will often walk along the tunnels eating seeds and plant roots in your yard. While moles may operate below the surface, their presence can have extremely damaging effects on your lawn above the surface. While moles don’t actually eat plants, meaning they aren’t eating your grass, their damage is usually caused by the tunnels they dig in your lawn while looking for more worms to eat!
How to Get Rid of Moles in Your Lawn
Before you decide to treat your lawn for moles, we recommend you have a lawn professional inspect your yard to confirm a mole infestation before any unnecessary treatments. Oftentimes, moles can be mistaken for pocket gophers and voles. Once you confirm moles are indeed the cause of your lawn problems, there are a few options to get rid of them.
Mesh Wire and Fences
If you’re only treating a small space like a garden, mesh wire fences can be buried along the perimeter to stop moles from digging underneath. While these won’t get rid of the moles, it can at least help protect a small area.
Improved Soil Drainage
Because moles like moist soil, overly damp lawns make it easy for them to move around. Discourage mole activity by improving soil drainage for a dryer yard.
Above and Below Ground Traps
While improved soil drainage will discourage activity, it won’t eliminate the mole. To actually get rid of moles, you’ll need to set traps both above and below ground.Once the traps are set, you’ll need to continue to move the traps daily until you catch all the moles. While this is an effective way to actually eliminate the mole from your yard, it can be tough and time-consuming trying to predict a mole’s tunnel plan.
Let an Expert Handle It
If you have moles in your yard, letting an expert handle the elimination is the best way to go. Here at Tailor Made Lawns, we have expertise in mole habits and can eliminate the infestation from your yard and help prevent future ones.