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Moles are small mammals about 5-7 inches in length with a plumb body and naked tale. Their coat can vary from grey to brown or black with a silvery sheen. They have webbed feet that are larger in the front than the back. Moles are typically found in the Southern Great Lakes Basin. They are commonly confused with voles and shrews. They can easily be distinguished from one another by looking at some of the fundamental physical characteristics of each.
A mole has a pointed snout, enlarged front feet, and eyes and ears so tiny that they are not visible. A vole, also called a meadow mouse, has rounded ears and body and is reddish or brown and black with a gray underside. And finally, a shrew has a pointed snout, but unlike the mole, a shrew’s front feet are not enlarged. Also, a shrew’s eyes are tiny, but they are visible in most species.
Moles can cause damage to residential lawns and gardens, as well as golf courses, parks, and cemeteries. They dig and tunnel to search for insects and earthworms to eat. They will also feed on various roots, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. When a mole infestation is present, you will see raised tunnels that, in time, will destroy the cosmetic appeal to landscaping. Under the right conditions, a mole will produce tunnels at a rate of 15 feet per hour. When tunneling, moles dump excess soil upward, which causes molehills that are made of loose dirt.
There are a couple of ways to treat a mole infestation. It can be temporarily managed by using poisonous bait, as well as by a machine that produces carbon monoxide. This method will kill the moles in 10-15 minutes; however, there is no solution on the market to prevent them from getting into the yard. The best and most effective way to treat for moles is a monthly maintenance program; this will not only eradicate the moles but ensure they are staying out of the yard. We specialize in these types of programs and eradication, so if you are experiencing issues with moles, do not hesitate to give us a call!