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Mole Control and Removal

Identifying Moles

Although some species are either aquatic or partly aquatic, moles have small rounded bodies covered with fur. Most moles spend the bulk of their lives burrowing holes underground where they find and feed on small invertebrate animals.

Habitat

Common in most areas of the United States, the mole is primarily a solitary animal that will only come to the surface on occasion, and even then most researchers believe that it is often by accident. For the most part it is assumed that moles exist alone, although there are times when runways that are independently tunneled will join otherwise separate burrows.

Diet and Feeding Tendencies

Most of a mole’s runway system is made up of shallow tunnels ranging over its hunting ground, and since they have a higher food requirement, they cover a larger area than many of their digging counterparts. In many cases, once the tunnels are created and used, they will be re-traveled at irregular intervals or may not be used again at all.

The diet of a mole primarily consists of the grubs, insects, and worms they find in the soil they burrow. It is a frequent and incorrect assumption that moles damage roots and tubers because they feed on them, when in actuality they are likely good for many crops since they eat insects that may be harmful. Rodents usually are to blame for actual destruction of tubers and roots.

A mole's appetite is voracious, and they regularly eat quantities from 70% to 100% of their weight every day. It has been observed that as long as food is available, moles will continue to consume it. Since a huge amount of energy is required to plow and burrow to the extent that moles do, food consumption and frequency of feedings correspond accordingly.

Mole Damage and Control

There are likely more problems associated with moles than with most any other kind of wild animal. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the positive impact that moles can create for soil and some vegetation. By eating grubs and other insects, moles can actually play an important role in lawn care and management.

Although they do remove a lot of damaging insects and grubs from roots and plants, the burrowing habits of moles deface and damage lawns and parks, tear up flower beds, and destroy grass roots.

When moles become a pest control problem around your home, they can be difficult to remove, and could prove to be even harder to discourage from returning. Professionals in your area with a well established set of techniques for removal can help you to control mole problems and help you to make changes so that they won't come back. Click here for assistance in finding a company that will manage your animal control problem in a safe, timely and humane manner.

Animal Control - Interesting Facts

A cockroach can live up to one week without its head.