Signs of moles
Moles are small, burrowing mammals that are known for creating tunnel systems in lawns, gardens, and other outdoor areas. While moles are generally beneficial for soil aeration, their tunnelling activity can be problematic for homeowners. Here are some signs of moles in your yard or garden:
- Molehills: One of the most obvious signs of moles is the presence of molehills or mounds of soil on the surface of your lawn or garden. These mounds are created as moles dig their tunnels and push soil to the surface. Molehills can vary in size and shape but are typically conical or rounded.
- Surface Tunnels: Moles create shallow surface tunnels just below the ground. These tunnels can be seen as raised ridges or raised pathways in your lawn or garden, especially in areas where moles are active. The tunnels are typically about 2 inches in diameter.
- Visible Tunnel Entrances: Moles have main tunnel entrances that are used for entering and exiting their underground network. You may notice small openings in the ground, which serve as entrances to their tunnels. These openings can be about the size of a dime.
- Damaged Plant Roots: Moles primarily feed on earthworms, insects, and other small invertebrates found in the soil. Their tunnelling can disturb plant roots, causing plants to wilt or die.
- Displaced Soil: As moles tunnel through the soil, they push soil up to the surface, creating disturbances in your lawn or garden. The soil may be looser or mounded in areas where moles are active.
- Sightings: On rare occasions, you may spot a mole above ground, although they are primarily subterranean creatures and are usually not seen on the surface.
- Sounds: While moles are not typically heard, their tunnelling activity can produce faint rustling sounds that may be audible if you’re in close proximity to their tunnels.
- Seasonal Activity: Moles are more active in the spring and fall when soil is moist and temperatures are moderate. They may be less active or go deeper underground during hot, dry summer months and freezing winter conditions.
If you find their presence disruptive or damaging, there are methods to control moles, such as traps or repellents. If you have a severe mole problem, you may want to consider consulting with a pest control professional for assistance.
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