Dirt Mounds On My Lawn

Could this be a sign of mole infestation?

They can appear overnight. In just a matter of hours.

You might wonder: Was that there yesterday?

Unattractive piles of dirt on your lawn. Perhaps just one at first. Then maybe two three or four. They can multiply quickly.

You may never have seen them before. But these simple piles of dirt could be the warning signs of a mole infestation.

Moles and molehills

In all likelihood, moles are responsible for these blemishes on your lawn.

The eastern or common mole burrows through the loamy soil found in North American in search of food. Moles are carnivores and their diet consists primarily of earthworms and grubs.

In order to find their food, moles create runs or burrows and this process naturally displaces some soil, resulting in molehills.

Mole hills are consistent, canonical

So, how can you be sure this pile of dirt is the work of a mole?

Most mole hills will resemble a volcano, canonical in shape, and will generally be consistent in terms of size.

Mole hills are distinguishable from gopher hills, which tend to be more crescent-shaped and with a “plug” in the center.

Dirt clods or clumps are not uncommon in mole hills, whereas the soil in ant hills tends to be more fine.

Extensive burrows

Moles operate on multiple levels when it comes to digging. They create both surface runways and deep runways, which are most often found 3 to 12 inches below the surface.

An active mole can extend a burrow or runway as much as 80 feet per day. The front legs of a mole are extremely effective at pushing dirt; some biologists have even compared their method to the act of “swimming” through soil.

Get rid of moles and mole hills.

Fortunately, there is a solution.

According to Purdue University, an acre of land rarely supports more than two or three moles at any given time. And trapping is the most effective method for eliminating moles.

By using three to five traps per acre along the most active runways, a mole infestation can be reduced or even eliminated.

Choose the right trap

No trap on the market is better at eliminating moles than the Easy Mole Trap.

It works in soft or sandy soil. And because it catches moles where they live — underground, it’s safe for pets and children.

The trap’s electroplated frame and stainless steel springs mean it stays effective for a number of uses.

Setting a mole trap

Identify an active mole run and partially collapse the opening, just enough that the mole will have to clear it again. Set the trap in the ground and depress the springs with your foot, opening the jaws-scissors mechanism.

Upward pressure from below will trigger the trap and catch the mole, taking care of your mole problem quickly and easily.

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