Mole tunnels on your property can be an annoying problem for any homeowner or business, but it's a problem that can easily be fixed with the help of the pros at Varment Guard. Trapping and other control methods are sure to resolve your issue. Contact Varment Guard today!
Common Name: Eastern Mole / Hairy-Tailed Mole / Star-Nosed Mole
Scientific Name: Scalopus aquaticus / Parascalops breweri / Condylura cristata
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Two types of kill-traps are commonly available for professional use in controlling moles. Spear traps and scissors traps both works well for eliminating moles from a property, if properly set and maintained. Both traps are used by Varment Guard technicians and are designed to be anchored in the main (frequented) surface runways of moles. Traps are marked with fluorescent flags for ease in locating them and helping people on the premises avoid them. The traps are continually moved following mole activity and set on the newest runs for better success. Traps are typically checked 3 times per week.
A metabolic toxicant, Talpirid TM, can be an effective control method. This worm-mimic product is placed in the main surface runs of moles. It is marked and monitored in lawns and landscaping, to ensure efficiency of the baiting program. Talprid is often used by Varment Guard technicians during trapping programs.
The Burrow RX machine can be used to place carbon monoxide in mole tunnels. It does this by running a small engine and the exhaust is directed into the mole runs with a hose. All surfaces of the mole tunnels are sealed with dirt, keeping the gasses underground. Once the machine is shut off the gasses dissipate quickly with no harm to pets or people above ground. This is done in conjunction with trapping service to help assure no moles are left behind.
- Adult body length (without tail): 5 to 7 inches
- Adult body weight: 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 ounces
- Gestation period: 28 to 42 days
- Litters per year: 1
- Litter size: 2 to 5 (usually 3 to 4)
- Breeding season: February through March
- Birthing season: March through April
- Age at which young are weaned: 4 weeks
- Activity period: Anytime
- Range: 1/5 to 1/2 acre
- Primary foods: Earthworms, insect larvae, small animals in runs
MOLE PEST DAMAGE
Moles are notorious for the damage they cause to sod nurseries, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, residential lawns, ornamental planting beds and gardens as a result of their digging and tunneling in search of turf-grass insects and earthworms upon which to feed. Moles annually cause hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage.