Do I have Moles?
Moles can be very illusive rodents. Since they are nocturnal, they aren’t often seen. Because of that, many people don’t know what moles look like, what they do, or even if they have a mole problem on their property. This article will help you understand what a mole is, recognize how moles affect your property, and urge you to seek pest control or a mole exterminator as soon as you see signs of a mole issue.
What are Moles
Moles are small rodents that live in tunnels beneath the ground. They are predatory animals, meaning that they hunt and eat other living things; for moles, their diet consists of insects, earthworms, and other small bugs found underground and in soil.
Damages Moles Cause
One might hear that moles eat the bugs in their yard and are never seen and think that they wouldn’t really be an issue even if they did have them. As good as they sound, they are anything but welcome.
You might ask, “But they are getting rid of other bugs, isn’t that a good thing?” and the answer is no! The specific bugs that moles eat are actually beneficial for your yard. Worms and other small bugs in the soil can add nutrients to your soil and make it a more fertile place for growing. Therefore, when you have moles, your yard will be depleted of nutrients.
Another reason it is imperative to get rid of moles is because they destroy the grass and plants around your lawn. Moles burrow underground and these tunnels cause ridges and waves that are often visible on the surface. They leave the ground uneven and structurally weak, not to mention the mole hills and piles of dirt they leave everywhere.
If you see the signs that you might have moles, get pest control with specific mole extermination services (we recommend Insight Pest Controls mole removal *wink, wink*) to start the process of getting rid of them.
Mole Species Common in the Pacific Northwest
The most common species of mole in the Pacific Northwest is the Townsend mole. 70 to 90 percent of the Townsend mole’s diet is earthworms, the rest is often made up of roots of grass and vegetables, and seeds. Townsend moles are usually 8 to 9 inches in length when fully grown, making them the largest mole species in North America.
Also known as Scapanus orarius or the Coast mole, the Pacific mole looks quite similar to the Townsend mole, but is only 6 to 7 inches long. The Pacific mole likes drier, more wooded habitats than the Townsend mole.
The Shrew mole is only 4 to 5 inches in length and is usually gray or black in color and is the smallest mole species in North America. This mole is only located in and around the Pacific Northwest. While most moles have long forelegs and large hands, the Shrew moles don’t. Also unlike other moles, Shrew moles often live above ground.
Our Specialty Mole Control Service
Insight Pest Control provides a quality mole removed service that will help you get rid of those moles. While moles are not guaranteed in our regular service, the additional mole removal pest control service takes the necessary steps to treat moles specifically. Even with all this, moles may persist, but we will work reliably to help control the issue. It is essential to begin the process of mole removal at the first sign of their arrival. Insight Pest Solutions is here for all of your mole control and mole extermination needs.