What are moles?
Many people think that moles are rodents, and this is not the case. They are mammals that are related to shrews and hedgehogs. They are insectivores that feed mainly on earthworms and grubs (insect larvae). They locate their food sources by burrowing through lawns, meadows, and streambanks. These animals are rarely seen above ground because it is not very safe for them to do so.
What do they look like?
Moles can reach lengths, including the tail, of between 4 and 9 inches. They have long dark brown or grey fur and their tails and feet are normally pink in color. They have long dark brown or gray fur with tiny eyes and no visible ears. There are 7 species of moles that live in the United States and some of them are protected animals. Professional removal experts will be able to help identify what type of mole a person may be dealing with.
Damage and Signs of Mole Presence
They prefer soil that is moist, loose, and shaded by vegetation. As they burrow just under the surface of the ground, they will tear up flowerbeds and grassroots, rip through the roots of other plants, and leave behind mounds of dirt and ridges where they have tunneled. They can dig these tunnels at a rate of around a foot per minute. It is important that the problem is properly identified so that it can be addressed successfully.
Calling a professional is the best way to get rid of a mole problem that may be affecting a given yard or property. The best solution is to trap and remove the animals. The pros are going to use the most effective, environmentally friendly, and human traps possible. This process can take time, but it is the best option when a mole problem is discovered. The process will include trapping, removing them, preventing them from coming back, and repairing the damage they have done.
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