MN Wild Animal Management | Mole Removal

Mole Removal MN | Remove Moles Minneapolis MN

Are moles destroying your lawn? Are they wreaking havoc on your flower beds, tunneling under and digging up tender annuals to snack on tender roots? Moles may be a real dilemma for any homeowner. Nothing can ruin the design of a gorgeous lawn or garden faster than moles.  Moles can ruin expensive landscaping, and may also destroy floral beds and vegetable gardens. The sooner you get these pests removed by a Minnesota Wild Animal Removal Expert, the sooner you’ll be able to reclaim your backyard.

Are you looking for information on how to eliminate this little beast?  Well, don’t hold your breath. There is no simple cure to have a mole-free lawn; i.e., it is extremely difficult and/or impossible to get rid of moles.

And since these annoying beasts are here to stay, overall, the following is a bit of background information that may or may not help you to deal with or at least be a bit more tolerant of them:

Moles spend the majority of their lives below ground. They depend on a well-established tunnel network to survive, and they can quickly colonize and spread if not controlled. They are insectivores, which means they eat bugs, and can actually be of help in controlling some insect outbreaks. A 5-ounce mole will consume 45 to 50 pounds of worms and insects each year. Although they eat other insects, the preferred meal of choice for moles is the earthworm, which moles seek by tunneling through the lawn and leaving piles of loose dirt here and there. Unfortunately, this tunneling also causes considerable damage to lawns and makes mowing a nightmare.

Moles can dig surface tunnels at approximately 18 feet per hour. They travel through existing tunnels at about 80 feet per minute. Mole activity is affected by climate, ground moisture and which bugs are active when. Moles may temporarily leave an area if you annoy them, but they WILL be back. Conversely, mole activity may last only a week or two in a particular area.

The activity in certain lawns can simply come and go throughout the season. On large properties the activity may gypsy from one part of the lawn to another. This movement or migrating is controlled by climate and ground moisture. Moles will adapt to changes in food supply and source as different insects become available in different places and at different times throughout the year.

Get Rid Of Mole Problems

For moles, the most effective method of control is setting traps in certain tunnels and perhaps cutting back on watering. There are active tunnels and scouting tunnels. Look for main runways that are generally straight or that connect two mounds. Tunnels that appear meandering are usually scouting tunnels and probably won’t be reused. Step heavily on a portion of tunnel and then observe it throughout the next two days to determine if it is active before placing a trap. Deeper, active tunnels will be the most productive trap locations, since these tunnels may be used several times daily. Traps set in scouting tunnels are seldom successful.

In general, trapping is most successful in the spring and fall, especially after rainfall. Although poisons are commercially available, they are toxic to humans and pets so care must be exercised with their use. Successful trapping requires time, patience, knowledge of mole habits and a thorough knowledge of the trapping equipment used. It is advised that anyone experiencing a mole problem contact a Minnesota Wild Animal Management Expert for an inspection and consultation.