Moles are pests that are about twice the size of rats. They live underground and eat bugs and grubs around the roots of plants. Moles like to live in isolation and you will not often see them. If you have moles you may only have a few. Usually moles live about three to a acre. Even though you may see a lot of damage you may only have one or two moles. A mole is not a rodent but part of a group of mammals called Insectivores.
If you find piles of dirt in your yard and holes you probably have moles. Moles tunnel and one mole can make many holes. These creatures like earthworms grubs and eating around plant roots. Moles can do a lot of damage before you even realize you have a mole problem. Many people try to get rid of moles by putting water, smoke or chemicals down their holes. This seldom works because many of the tunnels are very long and a mole can often dig one hundred feet per day, depending on soil conditions. It is impossible to smoke or flood that large of a area. Their tunnels can be quite complex and long.
Many experts report that the only way to get rid of moles is to trap them. These experts say that all of the home remedies, and even some professionally made chemicals will not work. You must trap moles to get rid of them. The best time of year for trapping moles is in the spring and fall. They can be trapped anytime of year but these months will give the most success.
Moles move about quite a lot and knowing where to place your traps is important. Sometimes moles move to new locations overnight and you may think they are gone. Finding where they are at the moment can make trapping them much easier. There are many types of traps and finding one that works in your situation is important.
Traps should be checked once or twice a day to see if you have caught any moles. If there are not any moles caught after five or six days the trap should be moved to another location. On a good sized yard with many holes you may want to place three or four traps out.
Moles can be frustrating to controll, finding them and trapping them before they can reproduce and do a lot of damage is important. Find out what the best types of mole traps are for your soil conditions and keep some on hand. Striking fast on these pests is important to avoid frustration.