Moles can be one of the most frustrating headaches a homeowner can encounter. These animals, small but mighty, are strategic and highly destructive. Did you know moles can dig a foot of surface tunnel per minute? Many times you won’t even see the little destroyers, only the damage they cause above the ground. Think you suspect your lawn has a mole problem?
Here are six tell-tale signs to look out for:
1. Mole Characteristics
Although moles tend to reside beneath the ground, it’s important to learn how moles stand apart from other yard dwellers. Moles have pointed noses, very small eyes, large front webbed feet, and seemingly no neck. They range from four to six inches and have dark brown or black fur. All of these characteristics allow them to basically “swim” underground through the dirt.
2. Above Ground Moles
If your lawn has mounds of dirt that are symmetrical, circular, and appear to be like little volcanoes, your lawn most likely has mole holes. Moles use these holes as entry and exit-ways, pushing dirt in this distinctive shape.
3. Surface Tunnels
Along with mole holes, you might experience surface tunnels. These raised, 3-30 inch ridges, sometimes connecting the mounds, are used as passageways to eat grub. While nesting and feeding tunnels are lower beneath the surface, surface tunnels create visible dirt ridges as moles travel through the perfect feeding grounds.
4. Damage to Lawn or Garden Area
Damage to your lawn and garden areas, along with soil that feels loose, raised, or “squishy” might indicate you have a mole infestation. But opposed to what you might think, the amount of damage to your lawn and garden area is not indicative of the size of the infestation. While one acre of property might house 2-3 moles, sometimes forested areas or connecting properties can increase that number.
5. Location of Holes
The location of the holes or surface tunnels is typically indicative of a mole problem. If you see raised dirt along your home foundation, fencing, paths, driveway, borders, or any solid object, this is a major sign.
6. Yard Condition
Your yard’s condition and health might prove to be a mole preferred environment. Moles prefer moist soil, fertile lawns, and shady areas. This is also where their food source, like grub and worms, are plentiful.