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groundhog on ashland yard

We have many animals in Missouri that can stray into our Ashland yards. When they do, they can accidentally become pests for us to deal with. But lawn pests are unique. They don't wander into our yards, they tunnel in beneath our lawn turf and create paths of dead grass in their wake. Let's take a look at two of the top offenders.


These critters don't spend much time topside. Their lives are spent tunneling through the ground in search of earthworms, grubs, and other tasty soil dwellers. When they come into our yards, they make raised tunnels and sever grass root structures. They also create small holes that are often surrounded by a volcano-like mound of dirt. These raised tunnels and dirt mounds can make a lawn look unsightly. If it were not for this, we probably wouldn't pay moles any mind.


These large, furry rodents are irritating pests to have around. Not only do they eat plants in our landscaping, feed on vegetables in our gardens, and nibble on fruits in our bushes, their burrowing activities can create structural damage under foundation slabs and cause power outages when they chew through underground wires. If this isn't enough to not want groundhogs around, they also bring ticks, fleas, and other parasites into our yards, which present a health threat.

When should I call a professional to deal with lawn pests?

The only solution for moles and groundhogs is to trap them. But trapping isn't easy. It takes a lot of work. And that work could be wasted time, money, and effort if you don't know what you're doing. And, even if you manage to catch your invader, you may leave your yard vulnerable to another invasion. Moles like to use existing tunnels. A wildlife control professional knows how to prevent new moles from coming in to take the place of old moles.

If you live in Ashland or our extensive Missouri coverage area, let Rottler assist you with your mole or groundhog issue. We'll make sure those animals are humanely removed and that no conditions remain to increase your chances of getting another infestation.

Tags: pest control and lawn care

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