First, what is a mole? A mole is a 6" - 8" mammal of the class insectivore. It is not a rodent as some believe. It does not chew, it digs. A mole can make up to one hundred feet of tunnel every day as it searches for bugs and worms to eat. It really loves those bugs and worms. Your standard mole can eat two to three times its body weight each day. Mmmmm. Yummy!
Many home and business owners consider moles to be pests because they destroy lawns and wreck plants as they search for those tasty bugs. This can be quite a problem for a golf course, park, or homes with a large lawn. Mole activity is damaging to root structures and will lead to dry or damaged grass.
Okay. Now you know what a mole is, and why you don't want it around. Do you have to worry about moles in the winter? Sadly, yes. Some believe that moles hibernate in winter because surface tunneling stops (those are those long mounds that wind their way across your lawn). What is actually happening is moles retreat to their nesting burrows down below the frost line, but they will stay active all winter. That means your lawn can still be damaged during the winter months.
Proper mole protection requires six visits a year, every other month, to treat tunnels. The reason for these treatments is so that new moles don't take up residence in old tunnels. An active mole will leave its scent to mark its territory. If a mole stumbles onto a marked tunnel, it will move on. If no scent is present, it will use these tunnels as its own. This is called recolonization.
After a pest control company has removed all of your moles, they must do visits to prevent old tunnels from being recolonized, and to inspect for any new tunneling. These visits are necessary, even in winter. If you're dealing with moles, it can be very frustrating. Get a pest controller involved, and--at the very least--learn more about the habits and destructive nature of this pest. You will never be able to rid your lawn of moles, but you can severely deter them. Keep your sanity and get professional assistance. For more information on mole control, contact Rottler today!