How to Get Rid of Moles
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If you have a garden or in some cases livestock you may know how much of a pest a mole can be. Moles can destroy your lawn with their burrows, but they can also kill plants above ground by affecting their roots, and their tunnels can cause livestock to step in a hole and break a limb. Some people believe that moles actually eat roots, but that is not the case. When a mole raises a molehill it not only makes that area of the lawn a trouble spot, it will also affect the surrounding grass. If you own livestock you probably know the damage that moles can cause not only with unstable ground, but with the feed as well. The molehills also affect the grass that your livestock needs, not to mention that moles may make the livestock food not something that is appetizing to the animals. They can kill vegetation and in turn cost you a lot of money whether you are a home owner or a farmer.
Not An Easy Catch: Although moles can be slow that does not make them an easy catch. Just because you have spotted a molehill or a burrow that does not mean that you know where the mole is. These animals move around and that is partly why the damage they cause can end up being more than such a tiny creature should warrant. There is a chance that if you place a trap by a molehill or a mole burrow that what you will catch will be something completely different than what you had in mind. Other wildlife will make homes in the burrows and molehills that moles abandon. You should also know how to recognize a burrow, because even if you think that you have a mole, there is a chance that the burrow belongs to a groundhog, in which case the method of catching or trapping is different. A wildlife expert will be able to recognize what you have in your yard and help you discern the best way for removal.
Not So Effective: A method that is used by some people is flooding the moles out. While the method can be effective in getting the mole out there is also a chance that you will cause damage to your lawn that a mole could never equal. If you plan to flood make sure that you know what you are doing. Do not try to flood any mole tunnel that you find, because there is the possibility that the tunnel has been abandoned. Instead you have to find the active tunnel first. Make sure that flooding will not cause damage to your home or utilities. Even after flooding there is a chance that you will still have the mole because they can be really persistent. In the end flooding has a mixed record of results when it comes to getting rid of moles. Most would agree that there are better and more effective ways to get the job done.
Traps: A trap that is placed in the correct spot can be the most effective way to get rid of a mole. There are several types of traps, but a killing trap is considered inhumane, especially when there are ways to trap the mole and simply release it in an area where it will not cause damage to property or livestock. A live trap can be placed in the tunnel by digging a bit on the mole hill and checking it a few times a day. Once you have trapped the mole you can release it in another location. You can do this on your own or consider a wildlife trapper and pest control services. They will be able to catch the mole with little to no damage to your property and they take care of the release of the mole so it does not do any more damage to your lawn.