How to Keep Moles Away
How to Keep Moles Away
Moles are of different species, and the United States is home to about six specie of these earth burrowing critter. Of the six species, the Eastern Mole is the commonest. Moles feed solely on insects, hence are classified as insectivores. To find food they have burrow through the soil, creating intricate tunnels in the process. Moles are known to feed mostly on grubs – earthworms and beetles are also meals for them.
Moles are the last thing you would like to have around in your garden. Not because they damage plants, but their tunnels they create when searching for food gives a yard a messy look. More also, they damage the roots of plants when burrowing the soil, so it’s best to just keep them away.
Moles: Physical Feature
Typically, moles measure 7 inches in length, and this includes their tail. Their distinctive brown to grey coloration makes them distinct from other rodents like voles and meadow. Their nose lacks fur covering, thus making it super sensitive. With their nose they can smell out food meters away. To meet their dietary needs, moles need eat food weighing nearly its body weight daily. Having moles around can be beneficial – if you have problems with insects, moles will help get rid of them.
Life Cycle of Moles
Moles are perpetual loners. They prefer to scout for food alone, and raising a family isn’t what they are cut out for. They only get to mingle with each other when it is mating time. Moles are most active between February and March, and it is during this period that the female vole gives birth. A female produces between 3 and 5 pups at one birth. After a couple of months with their mother, the young pups are left to fend for themselves.
Techniques for Controlling Moles
- Use of Repellents: One easy way to deal with moles is by using repellents. Nature Mace Mole and Vole Repellent works particularly well against voles and moles. For best results, apply the repellent once at sighting a mole’s tunnel.
- Use of Traps: Talking about effectiveness, no mole controlling technique beats trapping. Like repellents, traps should be placed strategically once a tunnel is sighted. Before deploying the trap, first check to see if the tunnel still active. Moles naturally like clearing obstacles in their way when burrowing. That’s how they get caught in traps.
- Setting up Barriers: To keep off moles away from a garden or yard, create a trench spanning 6 inches in width and two feet deep along the perimeter of the garden. Then have the trench covered in stones and wire. That way any intruding mole will be instantly repelled off.
- Make your yard uninhabitable for grubs: Where there are grubs, there you will find moles. Plant Lawn Aerator Sandals or Milky spores and grubs will be a thing of the past. So also will moles.