Not much was really know about moles until recently. Mole removal
products consisted of ineffective smoke bombs, poisons or dangerous and confusing traps. In 2003 Bell Laboratories came out
with a scientific study on the many mole species in the United States, it included what they ate where they nest when they
breed among other things.
Their studies showed that the vast majority of their diet was earthworms. It had long been thought
grubs where what they were eating. Moles have an incredibly high metabolism. This means they have an insatiable appetite
and are always on the lookout for food. In fact, they consume 80%-100% of their body weight every day.
Moles create and
use tunnel systems to locate food. They can rapidly move through existing tunnel systems, and also create new tunnels over
100 feet long in just a day. Moles are active year-round and do not hibernate. Moles are anti-social and typically do not
coexist within the some tunnel system except for reproduction, typically breeding occurs in late winter/early spring. After
the young are weaned- 7-12 weeks after breeding this is when activity can be at its highest.
Moles live underground, rarely
coming to the surface. Expected life span for a mole is approximately 2-3 years.
The Meadow Mouse or vol is common in lawns and well manicured
landscaping. They are most known for their burrows throughout the lawn and their voracious appetite for ornamental shrubs
and plants. The difference between vols and moles is that the vol runs above the ground but under the grass blades, actually
matting down or causing the sod to burn where-as moles tunnel exclusively under ground and are carnivorous. vols are controlled
by special bait that is labeled for their control or by traps placed along their burrow.
Types of Tunnels
Primary Runs-Generally long
relatively strait tunnels that can be traveled by a mole as many as 3 times a day.
Exploratory Runs- Generally spider
web-like in shape and are often abandoned after digging. These are used to identify new feeding areas.
Often found up to 3 feet underground. These tunnels are what cause the large mounds of dirt in lawns.
Vol damage is most noticeable by long tiny trails traversing
over open areas of lawn into shrub beds or landscaping. With an integrated plan we can quickly eliminate these pest before
they ruin expensive shrubbery's and lawns.
AntEco's 3 Step service plan for mole control.
evaluation will determine if you live in a mole prone area, the aproximate number of moles in your yard and where the primary
tunnels are. We will mark the primary tunnels with orange lawn flags and expose an opening in the tunnel, moles do not like
openings and will quickly fix breaks in their primary tunnels.
Baiting Application-We return to your property 24-48
hours after our prelimiary evaluation to check our probed tunnels, Patched tunnels are baited and marked with the orange flag.
Evaluations-Again we return in 24-48 hours and check the baited tunnels. Bait that is gone is recorded and tunnels are again
probed for activity. Our follow up evaluations can go on for 3-10 days. Our mole baiting program comes with a full 90 day
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