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Nuisance Wildlife Rangers provides Mole Removal and Mole Control throughout Central Florida including Tampa, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and the surrounding areas. Mole Control is a service that is usually not effective when handled by typical pest control companies. The removal of Moles must be done aggressively to get rid of Moles and prevent them from returning. We specialize in Mole Removal, Mole Trapping, and complete Mole Control solutions.
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Moles are very destructive to lawns and can damage a yard in a very short time. These pests dig very extensive tunnels to help them find food without coming in contact with predators. Their diets consist of beetles, earthworms, grubs, and other types of yard born insects.
Moles can be very difficult to remove and should be handled by a professional wildlife removal company, such as Nuisance Wildlife Rangers. Like many other types of nuisance wildlife, the best way to remove a Mole is through a very aggressive and extensive trapping program. After the Mole is removed from your property, the next step is to treat the lawn to get rid of any insects that might bring other Moles onto your property.
There are many types of chemicals available on the market designed to treat Mole problems, but very few actually work to completely remove Moles. Mole trapping is the only way to effectively remove Moles from your property. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers are specially equipped and expertly trained to handle Mole Removal as well as well as many other types of Wildlife Removal.
HOW TO GET MOLES OUT OF THE GARDEN
For avid gardeners, the presence of moles in the garden is bad news. Funny enough, moles neither eat plants nor fruits. Instead, their diet consists of earthworms, beetles, white grubs, and larvae. Hence, in gardens, they dig up tunnels to bring out worms and grubs. Unfortunately, their burrowing actions affect the root system of garden crops, leading to their demise. Visit aaanimalcontrol.com to learn more about how to remove moles.
But that’s not all. As excellent burrowers, their actions also disfigure the landscape of the garden, lawn, and entire yard. How? As they dig, they move out the dirt to the end of the tunnels to form molehills. These molehills are scattered around the yard, usually about 6 feet apart from one another.
Nuisance Wildlife Rangers is a professional wildlife company that offers a wide variety of wildlife removal – including mole control. If you’re struggling with a mole infestation, read on to learn some of the most effective strategies we’ve implemented for clients like you.
- Remove food sources
As noted earlier, moles love to eat worms, grubs, beetles, and larvae. Hence, the presence of these animals attracts moles. Now, here comes the dilemma. Some of these insects and worms are also important for the health of your garden. For instance, worms and grubs help loosen the soil, improving aeration and water flow.
So, what can you do? One good strategy is to introduce alternate beneficial species that feed on grubs but are not as tasty to moles. Nematodes are a perfect example. Note that this strategy is slow.
If you desire faster results, applying an insecticide is the way to go. But note that this may impact the overall health of your garden.
- Reduce moisture
Plants in the garden need water to survive. But over-watering also attracts earthworms and grubs, which in turn attracts moles. That’s why you need to avoid over-watering. Also, avoid over-watering your lawn so you don’t attract moles to your property.
- Apply a repellent
Moles have very poor eyesight. But what they lack in eyesight, they compensate for it with an extremely developed sense of smell. Hence, moles find it hard to adapt to areas with a discomforting smell. That’s why repellents sometimes work.
An effective natural repellent can be made by mixing three parts of castor oil with one part of dish soap. Use the resulting mixture to soak the tunnels and entrances of the mole. Because moles dislike this smell, they are forced to leave.
Note that repellents have to be continuously reapplied to sustain their efficacy.
- Dig a trench
Moles mostly move around through their tunnels. If you can make it impossible for them to dig into your garden, you can keep them out. Here’s how to do that.
Dig a trench around two feet deep and six inches wide around your garden. Then fill the trench with rocks or gravel, or you can line with it hardware cloth or wire mesh. As the mole approaches your garden, it encounters this barrier and is unable to get through it.
- Keep a clean yard
Moles are very shy creatures. They like to travel alone in the dark, and they rely on tall grasses, fallen leaves, woodpiles, and organic debris to conceal their activities. That’s why you need to clear it off from your garden. Also, ensure that you trim your lawn regularly.
In some instances, trapping and relocation is the best way for getting moles out of your garden. A live trap should always be used. Worms and peanut butter make for good baits. Once the mole is captured, it should be taken at least 5 miles away from the capture site and released.
Note that trapping a mole requires an adequate understanding of mole behavior, mainly possessed by professionals. That’s why you might need a wildlife removal expert.
Our professionals at Nuisance Wildlife Rangers will not only help remove nuisance moles from your garden but will also put measures in place to ensure they never return.
How to Protect Your Yard from Mole Damage
Moles are small tunneling mammals that are often confused with rats. These rodent-like animals are really not rodents, they are insectivores and spend their lifetime digging up grubs and feeding on them.
Moles are drawn to insects and bugs, and if you have a lot of pests in your garden, you’ll almost certainly encounter moles or mole tunnels. Moles are notorious for creating intricate underground networks of tunnels and mounds, quickly destroying or causing damage to plants, grass, and trees in your yard. If you have a mole problem, you’re at the right place, keep reading to find out how to protect your garden from these notorious diggers.
Grubs are a favourite food of moles. Moles will relocate in search of better food sources if you remove the grubs and other insects from your yard. The use of helpful nematodes or milky spores to destroy grubs is recommended for controlling the amount of grubs in your yard. Use a pesticide if you want quick results. If you can successfully get rid of the moles’ food source, then you can get rid of the moles!
Keep your lawn tidy
Moles prefer to stay hidden. As a result, removing their shelter is a wonderful strategy to urge them to seek shelter elsewhere. Avoid covering gardens with thick layers of mulch and remove any wood piles or mounds of plant matter. Excess wetness attracts insects and offers a great environment for moles, so you may want to reduce your watering. And lastly, keep your lawn maintained and your garden beds in good shape.
Use a repellent
A mole repellent can be an effective treatment for an infestation in some instances. Castor oil, for example, will not kill moles, but it will induce digestive problems in those that come into contact with it, making your grass less interesting to them. Because both moles and gophers dislike the smell and taste of castor oil, using a castor oil-based repellent is a good approach to keep them away. Mix 3 parts castor oil and 1 part dish soap to produce your homemade mole repellent. Add 4 tablespoons of this mixture to a gallon of water and cover the tunnels in your yard with a general amount of the mixture. Also do the same to the edges of your lawn.
You can also buy mole repellents in liquid or granule form and use a spreader to apply them to your lawn. If you pick this option, make sure you carefully follow all instructions on the label.
Castor oil-based repellents are available in liquid and granular form at home and garden retailers. Once they dissolve in the soil, they emit a noxious odour that repels moles. To use, sprinkle them on the soil where tunnels or cone-shaped mounds emerge, then water the lawn with a garden hose or wait for rain.
Block them out with a fence
Moles and gophers also can be deterred by physical barriers. Installing fences around flower beds and garden beds is a good idea. To make sure that your fence is strong, use durable metal sheets or wire mesh. Each barrier should be bent at the bottom and buried beneath the soil surface, with the bent part pointing away from plants and garden beds.
You can also try scaring moles and gophers away with electronic, or vibration devices, these do not really produce good results because the moles will learn to ignore them. Or if you have a cat or a dog, they can try to scare moles away.
Trap and remove moles
Trapping is a foolproof method of getting rid of moles. The Nuisance Wildlife Rangers team will evaluate your yard, determine the most active mole pathways. We will then proceed to strategically set the traps with the appropriate bait to attract and trap the animals. This strategy will not only eliminate your current mole problem, it will also prevent moles from coming back in the future because we specialise in mole removal, mole trapping, and complete mole control solutions. Our professionals at Nuisance Wildlife Rangers will not only help remove nuisance moles from your garden but will also put measures in place to ensure they never return.
Damage that Moles Can Cause to Your Property
Moles are small, cyclical animals that live primarily in the ground throughout most parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. Although moles aren’t dangerous to people, they can prove quite bothersome with their relentless digging. Moles can completely destroy a beautiful backyard, digging holes throughout the surface and completely restructuring roots and even the ground with their tunnels: essentially wrecking your lawn unless you pay huge expenses. For this reason, it’s imperative that you deal with a mole infestation as soon as possible because the moles will not let up.
Do I Have a Mole Infestation?
The most notable thing when assessing whether or not you have a mole infestation are molehills. Molehills are created when the mole tunnels underground, creating a pile of dirt around the hole they made. The dirt clumps are usually a few inches high and wide. Sometimes moles may tunnel into your yard through another yard: meaning you won’t see molehills in your yard. If this is the case, you should note unusual plant death and you should also note raised areas throughout your lawn that give the impression of tunnels.
How Do I Get Rid of Moles?
Moles are an extremely tough species to get rid of and it’s highly recommended that you seek professional help as soon as possible. Colonies of moles live together in their tunnel systems and these tunnels can stretch for miles, making tracking the moles in the first place a difficult task. Once our wildlife specialists have mapped out the moles’ tunnels and diagnosed the most efficient and humane way to deal with the moles, they’ll get to work.
When trapping a mole our wildlife specialists will generally start by ridding the ground of any insects by spraying castor oil throughout your lawn. A non-toxic mole repellent that should seep into the roots and soil of plants. This should disincentivize the moles from revisiting your lawn. The wildlife specialists may also try to use a sonic repellent to make moles uncomfortable under your lawn but this method, although easy to do, works inconsistently. If none of these simpler methods completely eliminate your mole problem, our wildlife specialists will need to begin devising a plan for trapping the moles.
There are generally two types of traps our wildlife specialists will use: deep tunnel traps and surface tunnel traps. These traps’ names pretty much explain what they do but, a deep tunnel trap simply goes inside a molehill that’s frequently passed through. Our wildlife specialists will set up their trap and wait for moles to get stuck inside. Then our specialists will retrieve the mole, relocate the mole, and reset the trap. The other kind of trap our wildlife specialists may use is a surface tunnel trap. This trap is much less destructive to your lawn and is generally easier to set up. Once our wildlife specialists find a commonly used entry/exit site, we’ll place the trap by a molehill and actively monitor the trap, retrieving, relocating, and resetting as we go.
Can You Get Rid of Moles with Mothballs?
Moles are one of the most annoying animals that you can get in your yard, especially for those who spend a lot of time making their yard look beautiful. Moles leave large tunnels and holes that are an eyesore in an otherwise great looking yard. They can even damage vegetables, flowers, and shrubs. Removing moles as soon as possible is a top priority for most people. Continue reading to learn if you can get rid of moles with mothballs.
What are mothballs?
Before this question is answered, it is important to understand what a mothball is in the first place. Mothballs are a ball of chemicals that are mainly intended to repel moths and other insects and pests from clothing and other belongings. These are effectively used in totes and other areas where there is little air circulation to dilute the effect of the mothball. It is generally the smell of mothballs that will repel insects and critters away from them. Mothballs can be purchased almost anywhere, and they are safe to use as long as children and pets do not get into them.
Do mothballs work on moles?
Many people believe that placing mothballs in mole tunnels will be enough to repel moles so much that they will leave your yard. This idea probably stems from the fact that moles are very much repelled by the smell of mothballs. A mole would likely do anything possible to avoid being near mothballs, but that does not mean that they would work in this case. For a mothball to be effective, there needs to be very little air circulation, as the chemical odor coming off the mothball has to be strong enough to deter moles. Mole tunnels will likely have too much air circulation to have much effect on the moles. They especially will not be deterred from your entire property just by placing mothballs in their tunnels. They would likely just go dig a new tunnel somewhere else in your yard. There are many more effective mole removal methods, so continue reading.
One of the most effective ways to get rid of moles in your yard is to set some traps and wait. Most mole traps are lethal options that will quickly kill a mole so it will not suffer. To use mole traps, it is smart to first identify where the moles are in an active tunnel. Before you set the trap, go out to some of the tunnels and partially cave them in. Check back in a day or two and see if it is repaired. If it is, this means that this tunnel is actively being used. Be sure to set traps in this tunnel and check them frequently.
There are a wide variety of different poisons that are used to kill moles. Generally, these are put into the tunnels and then moles will consume them, causing them to die. This method should not be used if you have pets outside, as they could come into contact with a dead mole and eat it and the poison inside.
One great option for mole removal is hiring a professional wildlife removal company. These companies deal with removing and preventing all kinds of different nuisance wildlife species for homeowners. Hiring pest control professionals is a great option, as they will be able to come up with permanent solutions that will not only take care of this current infestation, but will also prevent any future ones from occurring. If you are tired of watching your yard, garden, and flowers be torn up by moles, consider giving us a call!
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