Moles
Mole tunnels, mole damage to your lawn, or mounds in your yard? Get rid of moles in your yard. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective mole removal services. We practice safe and effective mole removal solutions in order to eliminate any mole problems you may be having.

Identifying a Mole Problem

The average garden mole is widely distributed throughout the United States, including Des Moines, and its surrounding areas. Due to their digging tendencies, and living primarily underground, contact and sightings are very rare, however the damage they cause is quite noticeable. 

Appearance & Habitat

These mammals are often mistaken for other small creatures, due to the likelihood of raely encountering them. Moles are infact very easy to identify, the only issue is getting a close enough look at one. Moles generally:

  • Do not exceed 6 inches (16 cm) in length
  • Weigh close to 3 ounces (75 g)
  • Have webbed front claws that face outward, making them especially capable diggers
  • Are grayish-brown in color and their fur is soft and silk-like
  • Have incredibly small eyes and ears that are hard to see with the naked human eye

Moles live primarily underground, building homes for protection from predators, to rear young, and to overwinter in regions with cold weather. Adept diggers, moles prefer loose soils, like sand, which allows them to dig more efficiently. Consequently, moles are often found in meadows, grasslands, and woodlands. They particularly enjoy making homes in human landscaping as the tailored and damp ground is ideal for digging.

Entry

Entry into homes or other above ground structures is extremely rare and unlikely due to their habits and underground tendencies. Land owners who use mole-preferred soils on their plots are at highest risk of attracting the tiny mammals. Expanses of property used for growing crops and golf courses are also favored sites for mole burrowing. Soils high in acidity, on the other hand, may repel the pests.

Damage

Since they tunnel so close to ground surfaces, moles often leave behind unsightly mounds of upturned dirt and kill grass and other plants when they burrow into the ground. As infestations of moles grow, they are capable of more destruction and can totally ruin otherwise aesthetically pleasing fields, as well as destroy crop yields for farmers. Additionally, the mammals inhabit sports fields, rendering them unusable.

Mole Control

Control and Safety

Employing mole control methods can be tedious and expensive. Unless affected property owners have the time to monitor traps and plant boundaries to exclude the small mammals from the area, specialized services should be enlisted to eliminate mole infestations. Flooding mole hills is sometimes effective during the spring. However, adult moles are usually able to flee and later re-inhabit the area.

Trapping and Removal

Being difficult to trap, mole populations are hard to control. If you are dealing with mole infestations, call Critter Control of Des Moines! We maintain experienced workforces that specialize in mole removal. Let our team of trained technicians use their expertise to eradicate your mole problem quickly and efficiently.

We can help you get rid of mole problems! Call the Critter Control of Des Moines office today! 515.505.8963

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