- Moles are carnivorous
- Moles eat almost any insect that lives in the ground along with worms, grubs, and larvae
- Moles are very physical
How does mole activity look above ground?
- Their surface tunnels are visible above or right at ground level
- Mounds of dirt will appear conical or volcano-like
- They make the ground look like a plant is trying to grow through the bark dust in your flowerbed
Why do moles destroy so much of a yard?
Moles broaden their territory in search of more food. Once a mole has established its territory, it is very protective of it when it comes to other moles. They will not share their area with other moles except to breed. This is because they have a very high metabolism and must consume food constantly to survive.
One mole can actively work up to an acre in size – especially in the winter months when insect reproduction is at a low and food is sparse. Moles can dig up to 200 feet of new underground tunnels in a 24 hour period. Surface tunneling can be as much as 400 feet in a 24 hour period.
Moles can also travel up to 80 feet per minute in tunnels that are already established. They are very destructive in a short amount of time.
Do they hibernate?
Moles do not hibernate. This makes your yard a potential spot for moles all year long.
Are they territorial?
Even though moles are territorial when it comes to other moles, they have no problem sharing their area with other animals in the same nuisance category such as gophers. This is because they each have different food sources. Even if you rid your property of a mole that was recently living there, there is no way to prevent new ones from coming to your property. Once they have been there, your property could be subject to an ongoing mole problem. This is because moles are constantly working.
What is the most effective way to get rid of moles?
There are hundreds of remedies/myths to remove moles that are not effective at all. The ONLY proven effective way is by using traps. Now that you know what to use to eliminate them, you have to have the experience to locate the best places to set traps and the proper way to set them.