Humane, quick-kill traps are currently the best method available to deal with moles. Relocation is not considered humane for this species, and the industry-standard of rodenticide applications is not either. Our techs can usually rid a yard within 2-4 visits, and often come in well below the cost of 1-2 poison applications. We do it better, faster, cheaper, and in a way that is environmentally beneficial.
What Attracts Moles?
We get asked this question often. The reality is that moles just keep digging and tunneling until they find ground rich with grubs and worms, their primary source of food. It has very little to do with how you maintain your property above ground.
Moles are found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. They live in grasslands, urban areas, gardens, grasslands, sand dunes, mixed woodland or any area that has soil where they can dig tunnels. They tend to stay away from areas with acidic soil and mountainous areas.
A permanent tunnel is usually about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) below the surface, while temporary tunnels are usually right under the surface of the ground.
During breeding season, males extend their tunnel into more territories so they can find females to mate with. Once mating has occurred, moles dig a spherical chamber lined with dry plant material for nesting.
A female mole gives birth to three to four hairless babies at a time. By 14-days of age, the mole babies (“pups”) will start to grow hair. At four- to five-weeks of age, the pups are weaned. Around the time the pups are five- to six-weeks old, they leave their mother & home tunnel altogether. The mole lifespan is approximately three years, according to YPTE.
Moles spend most of their lives alone underground in their tunnels. Moles are, in fact, such solitary creatures that three to five moles per acre (7 to 12 hectares) is considered a high population, according to Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.
Moles spend much of their time digging tunnels and hunting for food. Tunnels are more than just underground highways for moles – they dig special chambers at the ends of tunnels that serve as bedrooms and birthing areas. Sometimes moles will live in a series of tunnels for generations before moving.
Moles have kitchens in their tunnel chambers as well, where they store live, immobilized earthworms. As many as 470 worms have been recorded in one chamber, according to the Mammal Society.
Only one visit, the moles were gone! Joe is honest, fast, punctual, and reliable. He even made a personal visit to the site to assess the damage and gave free estimates. Totally would recommend him.
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