Some pests like to invade homes and cause trouble inside. Others rarely if ever come indoors and are mostly a problem around yards, gardens, and outdoor areas. One type of outdoor pest that lives in our area is moles. These intrusive ground dwellers are neither cute nor a good addition to yards. To help you better understand moles, here are some things you should know, including what problems they cause around Houston properties.
What Are Moles?
A mole is a rotund mammal with a pointed snout, no visible ears, and small eyes. The average adult mole is 4.4 to 6.25 inches long, has a tail that adds another 1 to 1.6 inches, and weighs anywhere between 2.5 to 4.5 ounces. Living the majority of their lives underground, moles are built for subterranean life. Their large forepaws and claws make digging a breeze. Using their adept digging ability, moles tunnel beneath the ground searching for grubs and earthworms to feed on.
In a single day, a mole will eat around 1.7 ounces of earthworms and insect larvae. During the breeding season, male moles work to enlarge tunnels in order to provide room for females. They will also construct nest chambers lined with dry plant material.
Why Moles Invade Lawns
Moles are opportunity-seeking pests, meaning they are always on the move looking for suitable places to dig and hunt for food. The kicker is that most yards, especially ones full of grubs, earthworms, and insects, have everything a mole could need to not just survive but also thrive. If moles find food on your property, they will start making tunnels and keep making them until there isn’t enough food to sustain themselves with. This usually takes a considerable amount of time and results in severe visible damage.
The Destruction Caused By Moles
If moles tunneled several feet underground they wouldn’t be a problem. Issues are caused because these pests dig only ten inches underground. This does not give the ground above enough space to support itself and often results in collapsed tunnels and dead trails of grass. Moles also create unsightly entry and exit holes where they push dirt above the surface, forming large mounds. These mounds kill surrounding grass and ruin the aesthetic of properties. What makes things worse is how fast moles damage property compared to the time it takes to fix the problems they cause. That isn’t even considering the expenses that come with hiring a landscaping professional.
Are Moles Dangerous?
The good news is that moles are not dangerous like other mammals that live in our area. They do not bite, are the furthest thing from aggressive, and do not regularly spread disease-causing organisms. The biggest threat these pests pose is to mental health and the stress that comes with dealing with them around properties. Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with this stress for long.
What To Do If Your Find Moles In Your Yard
There is no denying that moles are a big problem for both home and business owners here in Houston. The question is, what should you do if you find one of these destructive tunnelers on your property? We recommend starting by having a professional come out and take a look. At All Safe Pest & Termite, we train our technicians to identify and handle yard pests such as moles. With just one phone call, we will schedule a service visit for your Houston property. We will send one of our staff members your way ASAP with a solution to your Houston ground pest needs.