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While there are some pests that Lewisville owners expect to encounter at one point or another, such as ants or flies, there are others that people forget about. Moles are both difficult to remove and highly destructive, but many people don’t realize just how damaging they can be to their property.

a mole in the dirt

While moles might look similar to rodents, they aren’t actually a rodent. Instead, they belong to a group of animals called insectivores. These mammals live almost their entire lives beneath the ground where they build tunnels under the ground and eat insects.

Moles are relatively large compared to most pests in the area, but they only get up to about eight inches long. Since moles spend their lives underground, you might not realize exactly what they look like. Here is a brief list of mole characteristics that all species have:

  • They have soft fur that ranges from brown to dark grey.

  • They have long snouts.

  • They are best identified by their oversized hands that look like paddles.

  • They have large claws.

How Much Damage Can Moles Do?

The main issue of having moles in your yard is that they can harm the ecosystem of your property. Moles can damage grass, flowers, tree roots, and more. Over time, they can do a great deal of cosmetic destruction to your gardens and lawn.

Depending on how big their tunnels are, moles can also create large dirt mounds on your property and surface-level tunnels create the appearance of “runways.” This can make your beautiful lawn look messy and ruined.

While moles are a big problem for your garden and plants, they aren’t considered a dangerous pest healthwise. They will bite if they feel threatened, but this is fairly uncommon. However, moles do carry rabies, and this can be a problem if they bite pets.

How Hard Are Moles To Get Rid Of?

If you’ve noticed the signs of moles on your property, you might be wondering if you can get rid of them on your own, but moles are a rather difficult pest to remove. The main reason for this is that moles live underground. This makes it hard to find them as they can move quickly in their underground galleries and tunnels. Trying to find them in these extensive networks can be nearly impossible if you aren’t trained to do so.

Plus, moles are a pest that is active year-round, so there isn’t always a good time to work on preventing them once they’ve shown up. While there are pesticides available to make soil and food sources less appealing to moles, these methods don’t always last for very long, and they aren't super effective.

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Moles

Because the damage that moles can do to your Lewisville property is quite extensive, removing them at the first sign of an infestation is important. Getting rid of moles safely and effectively on your own is difficult, so the best thing to do is to contact the expert at All-Safe Pest & Termite. Our experienced technicians have the training and expertise to get rid of moles for good. To find out more, or to get a free estimate, call us today.

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