Identifying Mole Damage
The easiest way to identify mole damage to lawns is the presence of tracks and mounds. These are created as the pests tunnel just below the surface of the ground, overturning dirt with their powerful front feet. Their tracks can become so extensive that they intertwine like labyrinths, and dirt mounds found in yards are usually the entrances to burrows.
Mole Damage in Yards
Gardens can be destroyed in no time by an infestation of moles, as a single pest can tunnel one foot per minute in the right soil conditions. While they don’t eat plants, moles do destroy their roots as they tunnel. Additionally, moles dig deeper into the ground for sleeping, mating, and riding out extreme weather. These can be as deep as 24 inches and cause sections of a yard to cave-in.
Prevention and Removal
Moles can be extremely difficult to remove because they spend so much time underground and are unusually fast for their size. Common prevention tactics include castor oil-based repellents, annual lawn grub treatments, and planting certain bulb plants like garlic, shallots, and daffodils. However, these hardly work as long-term means of controlling mole damage. Trapping is the most effective way to get rid of infestations but is dangerous without a professional. To ensure that moles won’t do further damage to the yard, contact the skilled staff at Trutech.