With a rise in temperature, the hope of summer returns in Spring. Despite our anticipation for this milder season, be forewarned of its prominence for unwanted pests. Moles are one of the many critters that will kick off their yearly invasion in the upcoming weeks. So, it’s important that you understand their behaviors, look for signs of their presence, and take action when they take up residence in your lawn.
What to Know About Moles:
Though it is rare, if you spot a mole, you will quickly recognize its peculiar look. These small rodents are rotund in shape and have a long, pointed snout that is perfect for digging. And since they live almost entirely below ground, they have small eyes and no visible ears. In fact, some species of moles don’t have eyes at all! You are more likely to see the evidence of moles, however.
Unfortunately, moles live in a series of tunnels underground. Their more permanent tunnels are deep beneath the surface, but those that are more temporary are close to the surface, visible for all to see. So, when this happens in a beautiful lawn of manicured grass, you can imagine their nuisance. And these tunnels only get worse with the breeding season.
The breeding season runs from February to April. During this time, males will extend their tunnels into wider territories in their search for a female. And after breeding, they will build spherical nesting chambers for the arrival of the offspring. All in all, this time of year means 1.) more tunnels and 2.) more moles.
How to Detect:
Fortunately, moles are fairly easy to notice. But, on the less-so-bright-side, they’re obvious presence is bad for the aesthetic of your yard. Tunnelers by nature, these critters can turn your lawn into small patches or dug-up dirt. Their digging can also harm your plants. Though they are carnivores and prefer worms to plants, they often scrape away your plants’ surrounding dirt in which they’ve taken root. This will inhibit your plants from accessing sufficient nutrients.
What Do I Do If I Find Moles This Spring?
You’ve worked hard to maintain the beauty and quality of your yard. Do not allow for a mole invasion! In the case that this Spring brings more than flower buds, rain showers, and warmer temperatures, you’ll need to take action. Give us a call at Peet’s Pest Control for expert mole extermination from your yard!