After the relatively mild winter we have had so far, ground temperatures are hovering in the high 30’s and even 40’s. With the ground failing to freeze, you may have noticed some telltale signs of moles in your yard as these critters remain closer to the surface. If you’re not sure if what you’re seeing is mole damage, here are some things to look for:
There are two kinds of moles in SE Michigan: Star-nosed moles and Eastern moles. Star-nosed moles make volcano-like mounds in the turf and have deeper tunnels. Eastern moles dig closer to the surface so more of the run is visible.
So what can you do if you think you have a mole problem?
Contrary to popular belief, moles and grubs are seldom connected, so treating for grubs (especially at a time when they are not active) will not do anything to combat a mole issue. There are many “home remedies” for moles, but none are proven to be effective and some can be potential hazards to pets or other wildlife.
The best option is to correctly identify the mole type, locate the active runs, and carefully and correctly apply mole baits to the runs. If that sounds a bit daunting, our licensed technicians can help! They are experts in both pest ID and application of the specialized baits.