There are seven species of moles found throughout the United States, including the pervasive eastern mole. These pests often invade lawns and use their wide forefeet and sharp claws to dig tunnels and find food. This ruins landscaping and gardens, killing plants and grass. Mole diseases are another concern associated with infestations of the pests. They are capable of spreading illnesses through bites and via the parasites they carry in their fur.
What Diseases Do Moles Carry?
Moles are known carriers of rabies, which is typically transmitted to humans through the saliva of infected animals. While moles tend to be shy, they will bite if they feel confused, threatened, or when they’re handled. However, people are more likely to contract a mole disease from the pests that live in their fur. Ticks and fleas can carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and tularemia.
How to Prevent Mole Diseases
If bitten, it’s important to wash the wound thoroughly and seek medical attention immediately. The best way to prevent the spread of mole diseases is to keep the pests out of yards in the first place. Homeowners can try planting leeks or garlic to repel them or reduce the moisture in lawns to make them less favorable to insects and grubs. If a mole infestation is found regardless of prevention efforts, individuals should contact the professionals at Trutech for safe and effective removal.