Identifying a Mole Problem

Home ownership is the cornerstone of the American dream. And that dream includes a well-kept lawn. Many homeowners devote precious time to lawn care and take great pride in the appearance of their yard.

Nothing can ruin that hard work and sense of pride faster than a mole infestation. The first step toward getting rid of moles is identifying the problem.

How to recognize a mole problem

Troublesome though they might be, moles are far from the only species that threaten yards and lawns.

Mole damage is often mistaken for the work of gophers. Voles, which often follow after moles, can also destroy lawns and yards, but in a different way. Ants and other insects also cause trouble for homeowners.

Mole behavior

Eliminating moles means understanding mole behavior.

Moles are insatiable vermin. They are carnivores and their tunnels provide access their staple foods: grubs and earthworms. Their burrows are foraging tunnels to serve their voracious appetites.

Moles eat up to their body weight every day and can tunnel up to 80 feet per day. That’s a lot of damage to your lawn.

Although most mole damage is done underground, homeowners can look for these tell-tale signs.

Dirt mounds

Those unsightly mounds on the lawn say it all: this yard has a mole problem.

Often the first and most obvious signs of moles are dirt mounds or mole hills. These freshly dug piles may include large clumps or clods of dirt and mark the mouth or opening of a mole tunnel or run.

Some homeowners mistake gopher damage for moles. Unlike moles, gophers are herbivores who eat plants and roots. Gopher tunnels are marked by a crescent shape with a plug in the middle.

Molehills tend to be consistent in size and are often canonical or “volcano-like” in shape. While mounds can be destroyed and the holes filled back in with dirt, they signal and even deeper problem.

Mole runs

Just as human beings travel by a system of highways, secondary roads and neighborhood streets, moles use a series of burrows or runs when feeding.

Tunnel systems can be quite extensive, and while some runs are undetectable, the heavily traveled runs — mole “highways” — are often visible to the naked eye.

Mole tunnels appear raised or slightly elevated and run in straight lines more often than not. Many homeowners and caretakers become adept at spotting mole runs and it’s not unheard of to stage a “watch,” in which they attempt to catch a mole in the act.

Soft or sunken soil

Mole hills and runs can be easy to see, but the presence of moles is sometimes felt before it is seen.

Homeowners may notice this when they go to take a step and find that their foot sinks into the soil. The weight of their step is actually collapsing a mole tunnel underneath.

This is a sure sign that mole hill is nearby.

The next step

Now that you’ve identified the source of the problem, what’s the best way to get rid of moles?

The Easy Mole Trap is the best way to get rid of moles.

It uses a jaw-scissors design and comes equipped with heavy duty stainless steel springs, keeping the trap effective for a number of uses.

Because the trap is placed underground, it’s safe for pets and children.

The Easy Mole Trap is set and ready to catch a mole in just seconds. Simply place the trap along a mole run or burrow. The passage should be partially collapsed, not enough that moles avoid it, but enough that they must work to clear an opening. Then use your foot to depress the springs and set the trap. Upward pressure on the trigger disc will activate the trap, triggering the mechanism, catching your mole.

The Easy Mole Trap works in soft or sandy soil.

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