Mole Identification & Prevention

What are moles?

Moles are small mammals that feed on earthworms, grubs, and other insects. They are yard pests that live most of their lives underground in the soil and rarely ever come into contact with people. Though many people believe they are a type of rodent, they are not; they are insectivores. Moles have stocky bodies covered in dark brown, velvety fur, and their large front feet and rounded claws help them dig through the soil where they live. Moles have ears, but no external openings. You can also identify them by their very short and almost hairless tail, pointed snout, and small eyes, which provide them with very poor vision.

a mole outside of a home in frederick maryland

Are moles dangerous?

Moles pose no direct danger to people, but they are still dangerous pests because of the damage they cause to our properties. The intricate underground tunnels they create while hunting for food leaves raised trails of dirt above the ground that is not only unsightly, but makes mowing a difficult task, and creates trip and fall hazards. Additionally, as they tunnel through the soil, they damage the roots of grass, shrubs, bushes, flowers, and bulbs, which may result in the death of plants.

Why do I have a mole problem?

The biggest issue with mole infestations is that they are attracted to yards with the healthiest lawns. Yards with loose, moist soil make it easy for them to dig. Property owners who are next to open fields, parks, farmlands, wooded areas, and golf courses are more likely to experience problems with moles than those in more urban areas.

Where will I find moles?

Moles live and breed outside, and they aren’t pests you’ll find indoors. They spend their lives in the soil, creating tunnels that they live in and use to travel through while foraging for food. Some of these tunnels are just below the surface of the ground; these are the tunnels they use to hunt. Moles are challenging pests to deal with because they are active year-round and cause extensive damage to the yards they've invaded. On residential properties, moles tunnel though lawns, flower beds, and around garden areas.

How do I get rid of moles?

The best way to eliminate current problems with moles and prevent future ones is to partner with Royal Greens, Inc. Our experienced technicians are always reliable, honest, friendly, and willing to work with our customers to solve their unique pest control problems. We provide the services necessary to ensure long-term results to your pest problems here in Maryland. We get rid of moles and other pests with the help of our effective home pest control services in Central Maryland. Our professionals know all about moles, as well as how to keep them off of your property and out of your home. To protect your Central Maryland home from ants, reach out to Royal Greens today!

How can I prevent moles in the future?

In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help to avoid problems with moles:

  • Seek out mole hills on your property, and collapse their tunnels using a shovel or pitchfork.

  • Use repellents to deter moles from invading your property.

  • Dig a one-foot deep trench filled with gravel around the perimeter of your fence or garden.

  • Avoid over-watering your lawn to eliminate earthworms and other insects that serve as a source of food.

 

 

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