What are moles?
While it’s a common belief that moles are part of the rodent family, they’re actually insectivores. They are easily recognizable by their pointed snout and large front feet that come equipped with claws. Used for digging, these claws allow them to almost swim through the dirt. Moles have velvety fur that is dark in color and tiny eyes and ears.
Signs of a mole infestation
Since moles live entirely in the soil, you’re not likely to see these pests. Instead, you have to look for signs of activity. Here are the most common signs of moles:
- Trails or raised soil (also known as surface runways)
- Molehills or mole piles (deep tunnels that have mounds on top)
- Plant and lawn damage
The video below shows piles of dirt created by moles in Santa Cruz, California.
Tips for preventing moles
There are a lot of tips on the web to prevent moles from taking over your property – from using a mix of dish detergent and castor oil to getting a cat – but in reality, they’re probably not going to offer long-term results. Contacting a mole control expert at the first sign of mole activity is the best way to stop moles and the damage they cause.
How Smith’s can help get rid of moles
For properties that are looking for a one-time solution, Smith’s will implement a mole trapping program that consists of identifying runways, placing traps and then returning to check and re-bait as necessary.
For lawns and properties that experience reoccurring mole problems, we offer an annual mole control program. A year-round solution, we’ll return regularly to eliminate and prevent moles.
In addition to our mole trapping, Smith’s provides mole exclusion services and grub control that eliminates their food sources.
For effective mole control in the San Francisco Bay and Monterrey Bay areas or for help maintaining a mole-free lawn in Sonoma County, contact Smith's Pest Management today!