Though you may rarely see one above the ground, moles are small, gray rodents with long snouts and small, almost imperceptible eyes. Moles are dreaded pest for many homeowners, because their burrowing uproots lawns and landscaping. Furthermore, their tunnels kill grass, leaving brown dead patches in lawns and gardens. Moles live up to three years, and are active during all seasons, making mole infestations prolonged and frustrating for many home owners. Moles can tunnel up to 18 feet within an hour, and can wreak havoc on yards.
How to spot them:
A common sign of mole activity in a yard is the formation of raised ridges or broken through grass where their tunnels are near the surface of the yard. If you see paths of browning grass, or raised ridges, contact a pest control professional to see if you have a mole infestation.
What to do:
Moles are attracted to moisture, so sometimes improved soil drainage can help you avoid attracting an infestation. There are a variety of moles traps and baits available, however moles can live underground within the tunnels without emerging for months at a time, so the most effective solution for permanent mole extermination is an integrated mole control plan from a pest control professional.