Moles are small but mighty pests that you certainly don't want in your Dallas yard. Moles are blind garden pests with a penchant for destroying your yard, though they are mostly harmless. Moles generate elaborate tunnels system that rip into your yard. While they won’t eat your pets, they will invariably diminish the aesthetic appeal of your lawn. This is why proactively tackling your mole issue is integral to expelling these pests. To do so, you must first identify the issue though. Since moles remain below the surface, it can be difficult to detect their presence without the proper knowledge. So…what are some signs your yard has moles?
Signs And Characteristics of Moles
If you have moles in your Dallas yard, here are a few telltale signs:
- Moles leave behind mounds of dirt redolent of small volcanos.
- They create ridges of soil through the grass.
- Moles are attracted to dry soil, not the abundance of earthworms in your yard.
- Their diet consists of earthworms, insect larvae, centipedes, millipedes, and spiders.
- The presence of moles may indicate you have grubs, but eliminating the grubs will not eliminate the moles.
- Moles will largely evade your sight, remaining below the surface and giving them little opportunity to harm you.
- Moles have poor eyesight. They use their ears to find and devour worms, so fear not. Though they may look intimidating, they are blind and harmless.
- Moles are often confused with shrews and voles. Voles have identifiable orange front teeth and large black eyes. Shrews are smaller than moles. They resemble mice with their small eyes and pointed snouts. Most importantly, they do not create runways.
Damage Associated With A Mole Problem
The most salient sign of moles is cosmetic damage to your lawn. Moles create both runways (shallow tunnels) and surface mounds (deep tunnels). Deep tunnels produce circular piles of dirt, and shallow tunnels resemble crooked cracks in your lawn. As moles rip through your yard, they rapidly create shallow tunnels at a rate of 1 foot per minute. Not only can these shallow tunnels damage the appearance of your yard, but you can also easily trip on the massive network of tunnels they create. On the other hand, deep tunnels can kill grass and further ruin the appearance of your lawn.
Moreover, moles rarely feed on plants. However, through an elaborate system of tunnels, moles invite other creatures to your lawn. This includes voles, white-footed mice, and house mice. These creatures feed on grains, seeds, and tubers, sometimes operating through the mole’s tunnels.
Lastly, moles rarely attack, but they can when they feel threatened. Moles can also carry rabies.
Three Tips To Prevent A Mole Problem
Here are some tips to keep moles out of your Dallas yard:
- Fencing is an obvious solution. Fences that dig into the ground block moles from entering your yard.
- The odor of plants like daffodils and marigolds can deter moles from encroaching on your territory. Moles may have poor eyesight, but they have a keen sense of smell. To them, the smell from these plants is unpleasant enough to avoid.
- You can also use nematodes or milky spores to kill grubs, thereby eliminating the moles’ food source. As mentioned before, this will only prevent moles from entering your home. If you have an existing mole problem, eliminating their food source will not remove the moles. You can also use an insecticide to kill the grub.
All Safe Pest & Termite Can Protect Your Yard From Mole Damage
The safest and most effective way to deal with moles is to call All-Safe Pest & Termite experts. Our team of licensed pest technicians will assess the problem and provide a price far lower than the cost of a damaged lawn. If you have an existing mole infestation, call the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite. We have the tools and experience to get the job done right!