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Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard – A Step-by-Step Guide for Homeowners

Having moles in your yard can be a painful reminder of what you don’t want – an unkempt garden, brown patches of grass and dirt mounds that just don’t seem to go away.

Unfortunately, when it comes to avoiding and getting rid of these pesky critters, many homeowners feel helpless or confused at the thought of trying something new.

But if you know how to deal with them appropriately, eliminating moles from your property doesn’t have to be so daunting – and that’s where this step-by-step guide comes in!

In this article, we will share tips on identifying whether you have moles burrowing around your home plus practical strategies for removing them once and for all.

Introduction: Overview of Moles and Why They are Unwanted

Moles are small mammals that live mainly underground, and can be found all over the world. They have long, pointed snouts, small eyes and ears, short legs and large curved claws perfect for digging underground tunnels. Moles are typically solitary animals, but some species do form colonies of up to 40 individuals.

Moles cause a lot of damage to lawns and gardens as they dig their tunnels looking for food such as worms and grubs, pushing up mounds of dirt as they go. The mounds of soil left behind by moles can disrupt the smoothness of turf grasses or flower beds, making them unappealing to look at or walk on. Besides being an eyesore in yards, mounds can also interrupt irrigation systems or create pathways for water runoff that further harms lawns.

Additionally, the mole’s tunneling can damage tree roots or even cut utility lines running underground.

In some cases, mole activity may also attract other pests such as skunks or raccoons who will feed off their insect prey attracted by the mole’s tunneling and feeding activities. This can lead to additional damage caused by these pests in yards or gardens.

For these reasons, many people find moles to be an unwelcome presence in their outdoor spaces and attempt various methods to deter them from taking up residence on their property.

Identifying a Mole Problem in Your Yard

Moles are small, but pesky mammals that can wreak havoc on your yard. They are most easily identified by the raised ridges of soil they leave behind as they tunnel through the ground. In addition to making your lawn look messy, moles can also do a lot of damage to it, such as uprooting and killing grass and plants, or digging holes that can be dangerous for people walking around in your yard.

The presence of moles also means there will be an increase in nuisance wildlife, such as snakes and voles, in the area due to their appetite for insect larvae and earthworms.

If you have a mole problem in your yard, the first step is to identify what type of mole you are dealing with. Moles come in a few different varieties – Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus), Star-nose mole (Condylura cristata), Townsend’s mole (Scapanus townsendii), Hairy-tailed mole (Parascalops breweri), Western Mole (Scapanus latimanus) – each one with its own particular habits and physical features. Once you have identified the type of mole you are dealing with, it will be easier to determine how best to go about getting rid of them from your property.

Trapping is one option for eliminating moles from your yard and involves setting up humane traps throughout the property where moles are active. Baits such as peanut butter or cricket bait can be used to attract moles into the traps where they can then be safely removed from the premises. Another option is using chemicals such as repellents or poisons that work by either making the area uninhabitable for moles or actually killing them off when ingested.

When attempting to get rid of a mole problem in your yard, it’s important to remember that prevention is key. Keeping your lawn trimmed and maintained is one way to deter moles since it makes their search for food difficult. You should also make sure not to overwater or overfertilize areas of your lawn since this can create an ideal environment for them to thrive in. Lastly, if all else fails, consider calling a professional pest control company who may have more advanced methods at their disposal likely increase your chances at successfully getting rid of any potential mole infestation on your property.

Effective Strategies to Remove Moles from Your Property

Moles are small burrowing mammals that can wreak havoc on lawns, gardens, and other areas of your property. These animals can ruin flower beds with their tunnels, eat away at turf grass, and create large molehills that can be an eyesore. Fortunately, there are several effective strategies to help you get rid of moles from your property.

The first step is to identify any signs of moles living on your property. This can include the presence of molehills or visible tunnels in the soil. If you do notice these signs of a mole’s activity, then it’s time to take action.

One of the most popular strategies for getting rid of moles is trapping them. The best way to trap a mole is by using a specially designed “mole trap” which has two scissor-like arms that close when triggered by a trip wire or bait.

You should place your traps near tunnels or paths where you’ve seen activity and check them every day until you catch the mole. When done properly, trapping can be one of the most efficient ways to remove moles from your property.

Another strategy for removing moles is using repellents such as castor oil or predator urine around the perimeter of your property to make it less attractive to moles. However, this strategy should only be used when other approaches have failed since repellents are usually only effective for a short period of time before needing to be reapplied.

Finally, another option for getting rid of moles is hiring a professional exterminator who will use methods like fumigation or poison baits to eliminate moles from your property safely and effectively. While this option may be more expensive than other methods, it may provide longer lasting results if done correctly.

In conclusion, there are several effective strategies available for removing moles from your property including trapping them with a specialized mole trap, using repellents around the perimeter, and hiring a professional exterminator who uses fumigation or targeted baits. Before taking any action however it’s important to identify signs of mole activity and choose the best solution for your situation so that you can get rid of these troublesome pests quickly and efficiently!

Tips on How to Avoid Moles Coming Back

Moles are pesky creatures that love to burrow in the ground and wreak havoc on our lawns and gardens. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to prevent moles from coming back. The first step is to keep your lawn well-maintained. This means regularly mowing and edging your grass to promote healthy growth and discourage moles from taking up residence in your yard. Additionally, you should avoid overwatering your grass so that the soil doesn’t become too saturated and hospitable for mole activity.

It is also important to remove potential food sources such as worms and grubs, which moles feed on.

To do this, make sure you keep your lawn free of leaf litter, weeds, and other debris that could provide sustenance for these critters. You can also apply a grub killer as needed throughout the growing season to reduce the number of moles that may be attracted to your property.

Finally, it is beneficial to lay mole repellent or traps around the perimeter of your yard. This will help deter any nearby moles from deciding to move into your garden or flower beds. Many types of mole repellents use castor oil as their main active ingredient, so check labels carefully before applying them to ensure they don’t contain any toxic substances that could harm plants or animals in your area. Additionally, if you decide to purchase traps instead, make sure you check them regularly for signs of activity so you can dispose of any caught moles humanely and quickly.

Getting rid of moles in your lawn can be a challenging task. Fortunately, there are several strategies available to you including trapping them with specialized mole traps, using repellents around the perimeter, and hiring a professional exterminator who uses fumigation or targeted baits.

Additionally, it is important to make sure your yard stays well-maintained by regularly mowing and edging grass as well as removing potential food sources such as worms and grubs. Finally, laying down mole repellent or setting up traps around the perimeter will help deter any nearby moles from coming into your garden or flower beds. With these tips in mind, you should have no trouble keeping those pesky critters away!

3 Steps to Getting Rid of Those Weeds

Crabgrass! Dandelions! Chickweed! Oh my!  Without prevention and proper control, weeds can germinate and spread very quickly.  The best way to prevent weeds in the first place is to grow a thick, healthy lawn, which will crowd out and block weeds and weed seeds from getting access to your lawn’s nutrients and even the sun.  But, once weeds have taken hold, they can be difficult to rid from your yard. Luckily, though, there are a few relatively simple things you can do to prevent those pesky weeds from ruining your beautiful lawn.  We’ve included our recommended approach–the weed-eliminating trilogy–below. Just remember, like lawn care in general, getting rid of weeds is a marathon, not a sprint!

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions–we’re here to help!

STEP 1:  PULL, PULL, PULL!

Many types of weeds (like crabgrass, chickweed, etc.) can be hand-pulled relatively easily, so it’s definitely worth trying to make a dent manually.  Earlier in the season is usually better, as the weed roots are still relatively shallow. Similarly, hand-pulling when the soil is moist is usually most effective.

STEP 2:  SPOT, SPOT, SPOT!

Once you’ve taken a few passes through your yard hand-pulling as many weeds as you can, you may want to use a targeted spot treatment for weeds.  These usually come in a spray bottle, or jug with a wand attached.

Spot treatment is usually most effective when you can target the center/base of the weed, as well as the major weed leaves.  When applying spot treatment, it should not harm the lawn, but you should try to avoid overspraying your weeds anyway–you’ll use less product overall, and your grass will be under less stress!

STEP 3:  PREVENT, PREVENT, PREVENT!

The Spring and Fall are key times for getting ahead of weed growth.  Once weeds become more mature during the summer, your grass is often too stressed to be able to fight back!  So, don’t forget your pre-emergent weed preventer in the Spring, and if you’re not planning to overseed in the Fall, you may choose to apply another round of pre-emergent.  

But, don’t forget that growing a healthy lawn is the best prevention there is! So, don’t forget to mow a little higher, water your lawn at least once a week, and take the time to walk through your lawn each week to spot potential weed germination and other lawn stresses before they start to spread!

Common Lawn Bugs That May Be Hurting Your Lawn: See Any of These? Let’s Chat! (Part 1)

Contrary to popular belief, not all bugs are bad bugs!  In fact, there are TONS of beneficial insects for your lawn.  Healthy lawns are actually packed with a wide variety of insects–those that you can see, and many that you never will.  These insects serve as tiny little grass protectors, helping to fend off invasive and damaging pests, and promoting a living, breathing lawn ecosystem.


But, there are several types of insects that, if left uncontrolled, may cause significant damage to your beautiful grass.  We’ve shown some of these below, and provided some tips on how to identify these, but as always, feel free to reach out if you suspect certain insects are harming your grass.

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs typically like hot, dry conditions, basically using your grass as tiny little water taps.  As they rob your grass of its valuable moisture in the summer heat, large brown patches–often with clear “boundaries”–will quickly emerge as the grass dies off.  Chinch bugs reproduce very quickly, and in very large numbers, so acting quickly is very important!

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Grubs

Grubs are one of the more easily-identified lawn pests due to their distinct white, curled-up appearance (like a letter “C”).  But, grubs are actually the larval form of several different beetles, including Japanese beetles, “June” beetles, and chafer beetles.

When grubs are active in your lawn, you can usually find them a few inches down into the soil, right where your grass’ roots are.  In fact, that’s where they love to be–grubs love to eat grass roots! Although grubs are typically inactive during the winter months, younger grubs have a big appetite during the Summer and Fall months, where they do the most damage (grubs will feed in the Spring when they “wake up”, but typically much of the damage done is seen in the Fall).

Some of the symptoms of grub activity?  Spongy soil, random dead/brown patches that do not green up, and birds/skunks/moles digging into your lawn (looking for snacks!).  One way to confirm you have grubs is to pull back a section of your grass. If it peels up like carpet and/or you see numerous small/white grubs underneath, you may need to treat for grubs.  Typically, fewer than ~5 grubs per square foot is not a problem for healthy lawns, but more than 6-10 per square foot could result in significant damage over time.

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of this blog series for additional bug identification, as well as tips and tricks for getting rid of unwanted pests!

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