There are many misconceptions about moles, like that they are blind and have no eyes. In fact, these tunnel dwellers can see but love to live where it’s dark underground.
Although moles find the pests in your garden a tasty treat, their tunnels can do a number on your yard. They can dig a total of 18 feet each hour, which can cause extensive damage in no time at all.
If you have moles in your yard, you’ll need to remove them to keep them from ruining your green grass.
Our helpful guide goes over the signs of mole holes in your yard and what you can do about them.
1. Criss-Crossed Ridges
The first sign you have moles in your yard are ridges that criss-cross. Moles love to eat grubs and pests found deep in the soil. They will create these tunnels to find the food they want to eat.
When a mole enters or exits the ground, it will leave behind a raised mound of dirt. These are usually no more than six inches tall.
Keep your eye out for mole holes in your yard. These will be close to the molehills, which is the dirt left behind from their digging.
3. Squishy Soil
Does your ground feel loose or squishy when you walk on it? If so, it could be because of a moles problem. Mole tunnels are long and can cause the ground below these hollow areas to cave in.
If your yard is suddenly overcome with weeds, it could mean mole trouble. When a mole digs in your yard, they break plant roots apart. This gives weeds the chance to grow rampant in your yard.
How to Get Rid of Moles
If moles are destroying your yard, you can do a few things to get rid of them. If you have an active mole problem, buy a humane trap to trap them. Once you’ve got them, release them at least five miles away from your home so they can’t make their way back.
Moles don’t like a lot of noise. Buy an ultrasonic noisemaker and plug it in outside to deter them.
Mix castor oil and dish detergent and soak the entrance of their mole tunnels. They hate the smell of this and won’t want to go in. Dipping an ear of corn in roofing tar will get you similar results.
For a furry deterrent, buy yourself a cat. They can be a perfect way to keep rodents away.
If all fails,you can to call in the professionals. Call your local ground mole removal service to get rid of them once and for all.
Don’t Let the Moles in Your Yard Ruin It
Although moles aren’t vicious animals, having moles in your yard can quickly cause a lot of chaos. Knowing what to look for and how to stop them will keep your lawn looking lush.
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