One of the most fabled destroyers of lawns, plenty of myths surround moles and how to control them. You likely already know these creatures can burrow through the ground rapidly, leaving holes in your lawn and killing the grass wherever those tunnels lead. Not only do moles leave your lawn looking like a battlefield, but the holes also make for a horrible tripping hazard. Reclaim your yard and make it beautiful again with Turf Tenders’ mole control service.
You should know your enemy, otherwise defeating moles that are ravaging your lawn simply won’t work.
First off, moles aren’t necessarily after grubs in your lawn. Too often, homeowners think eliminating a grub infestation will keep them safe from moles or will get rid of an existing mole problem. What they’re really after are the earthworms in your soil, which help with breaking down organic matter. So, not only are moles tunneling through and killing the lawn’s roots in the process, they’re eliminating something that enriches the soil.
Overall, moles are lonely creatures. You often won’t find more than three to five in an acre of land. In other words, just one mole can spread considerable damage in a yard. They spend most of their time alone in the tunnels, even digging out a compartment where they keep worms they’ve immobilized, kind of like food storage. A mole will often eat close to their body weight in earthworms each day, which is why they tunnel so much in search of food.
Moles live about three years, and their young are ready to be on their own after they’re about five or six weeks old. That means a mole problem can proliferate, covering a wide area if not addressed.
Signs of moles in your lawn can include:
Piles of dirt around holes, like small volcanic eruptions
Meandering lines of dead or dying grass
Shallow tunnels that either cause the ground surface to bulge up or collapse down
While seeing a mole is the surest sign, they spend as little time out of the tunnels as possible.
How Our Control Service Works
People try all sorts of things to get rid of moles, including dangerous practices like leaving razor blades or broken glass in the grass. Most control methods do little, if absolutely nothing, to get rid of moles.
Throughout the years and a vast amount of experience, we’ve found that depositing special pellets into the mole tunnels is the best way to eliminate the problem. The pellets emit a gas that doesn’t come out of the ground, but instead stays in the tunnels and asphyxiates the moles inside. Of course, this method needs to be administered by someone with the proper training and experience.
Instead of hoping the moles will go away and stop ruining your yard, contact Turf Tenders today and schedule an appointment.