MOLE CONTROL

Moles are one of the more annoying lawn pests any home or business owner can have in their lawn. Although the mole itself is rarely seen, the damage it causes is visible to us everyday. Southeast Michigan is home to two mole species - the Starnose mole and the Eastern mole. Knowing which mole species has invaded your lawn can help with your mole control efforts.

Eastern Mole

The eastern mole has a naked red nose and a short tail. The eastern mole makes shallow tunnels that raise the soil into 2 inch high ridges. It makes few mounds; those it does make are low, rounded and often contain bits of turf.

Starnose Mole

The Starnose mole has a large red nose with 22 finger-like projections and a long tail. The Starnose mole makes many deep tunnels not evident from the surface, but pushes soil up from these tunnels to form many conical mounds of soil.
Home remedies for mole control abound, but none have ever been proven to be effective. Some of the home remedies for mole control we’ve heard about include mothballs, motor oil, liming, castor oil mixtures, chewing gum (Juicy Fruit in particular), and flooding. Flooding may even encourage Starnose mole activity, as they prefer moist soil.
Mole Control for Eastern Moles
Mole Control of Star Nosed Mole
Controlling moles in the lawn comes down to one of three choices: direct killing, trapping, or baiting.

Direct Killing of Moles

For eastern moles it is important to note the time of day they are active. This can be determined by noticing when moles repair flattened burrows and mounds. Once you have determined the time of activity, you can watch for tunneling and quietly approach the active tunnel. Immediately smash down the area directly behind the point where the soil is being lifted to kill the mole. This method does not work for Starnose moles as they tunnel too deeply.

Trapping Moles

Trapping can be attempted once you determine which mole tunnels are active. A choker-type trap is recommended for eastern moles as it is easy to use and effective. Place the trap in the tunnel. If you have not been successful in three days, remove the trap and locate an active tunnel.
To locate active Starnose moles, scatter the soil in each mound until it is flat. Mounds pushed up in 24-48 hours are over active tunnels. To set the trap it is necessary to dig a hole beneath one of the mounds, below the level of the tunnel. Re-fill with enough earth to cover the top of the mole’s tunnel with two inches of soil and set a harpoon-type trap.
Mole control-Mole Hills in Lawn

Mole Baiting

The best way to control moles in the lawn is to hire a service that offers mole baiting. Newer mole bait products have proven quite effective and efficient in controlling moles. Our mole control program, for instance, will protect your lawn for the whole season and has proven to be very successful.
Moles, like any other animal, will move into an area where they can be successful at getting enough food. If you have moles in your lawn you probably have a lot of earthworms in the soil - earthworms comprise more than 90% of the mole’s diet. They are very common in lawns that are near wooded areas. If you get rid of all the moles in your lawn they may show back up at some point in the future as their local population rebuilds.
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