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This time of the year, we often hear people wonder: “do moles hibernate in winter months?”. Many Missouri homeowners know the frustration of having their lawn torn up by moles and other destructive lawn pests. Because winter is almost here, most people expect that pests like moles go into hibernation and return in the spring. Unfortunately this is untrue; moles don’t hibernate! When the weather turns colder, moles go deep in the ground to avoid the frost, so although their activity may seem to decrease, they are still down there, mining through your lawn and the earth beneath it all winter long. Moles are quick too- they can travel at up to 18 feet per hour, so it won’t take them long to do extensive damage to your lawn. With the onset of winter, you may actually discover mole damage in your lawn, because frost heaves can break open or expose tunnels you didn’t even realize were there. Also, with the unpredictable Missouri weather, a single day of warmer temperatures could bring new mole activity.
Why don’t moles hibernate? It’s because they don’t store fat, which means they are constantly foraging for food. In fact, in just a single day they can eat enough food to nearly equal their body weight! Although they will eat millipedes, ants, pillbugs, centipedes and other insects, earthworms are their favorite food. Mole control can be a challenge, because typical baits don’t work. The pesticides available for mole control and lawn pest control typically target white grubs and insects, but do nothing to an earthworm, the mole’s main food source. At Rottler, we use a program that combines trapping and baiting for the most effective protection.
Are you having problems with moles? If you’ve got a mole problem or trouble with any other lawn pest, call your local St. Louis pest control expert at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. When it comes to pest control in St. Louis, the locals know that Rottler is the best choice, having served the area with exceptional pest control services since 1956. Our professionals use state of the art and proven effective mole elimination techniques. Unlike other companies, we don’t have a ‘per mole charge’, and we offer unlimited free follow up visits. Contact us today at 1-877-ROTTLER for your FREE inspection!
This blog was originally published on November 26th, 2011, but we have updated it to reflect the most recent and accurate information available in helping you combat frustrating pest problems.