Have you noticed 3-inch to 5-inch high mounds in your lawn lately? You may have a ground mole in your yard. Although they may seem destructive, there are a few pros to having a one of these furry creatures in your back yard.

Traditionally, ground moles are 6 to 8 inches long, have grayish black velvety fur,  and a hairless snout. A mole’s most recognizable features are its large, claw-like paws, which it uses to dig tunnels.  Unlike most mammals, moles have an extra thumb on each paw, which allows it to propel itself through its tunnel system.

Moles tunnel in search of grubs and other insects to eat. A mole’s diet is predominantly made up of earthworms and destructive beetles, snails, and millipedes. A mole’s tunneling also helps aerate the earth, allowing air and vital nutrients into your soil. If not done in excess, a ground mole’s tunnels can help produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

Aside from a few mounds on your lawn, ground moles become a serious problem when they begin uprooting plants in your garden. Moles are almost entirely insectivores, and indirectly kill plants while looking for grubs and insects. Because many grubs and insects live near plant root systems, moles can damage roots as they look for food. The only way to solve this problem is by trapping and removing the mole from your property and replenishing the soil around the roots of any damaged plants.

Moles are more active when the ground is moist, so sprint is the best time to remove them. If you would like us to remove a mole from your property, schedule an appointment by calling us at 1-800-524-8544.