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3 Facts About Moles and Pest Control

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From roaches and mice to snakes and ants, protecting your home and yard from the various pests can become overwhelming. Certain pests may be more common than others, but you should still be familiar with the different insects, reptiles, and rodents that can affect your home and landscape so you can prevent issues.

While surprising to learn, moles are a common problem for many homeowners even though they are attracted to the underlying ground and not the building house. Moles are wildlife that can damage the area around your home, so understanding these pests is smart. This guide and the professionals will teach you a few important facts homeowners should know about these pests.

1. Moles Are Small But Cause Big Damage

You probably know that moles are small, but you may not realize just how small they are.

According to Live Science, moles only grow up to about 6.25 inches in length with an additional 1 to 1.6 inches in length for their tails. Some varieties, such as the North American mole, can grow up to 7 inches in length.

Although they are small, a mole can cause big damage in your yard. Moles dig through the ground and soil in your gardens and around your home, creating tunnels to live in and travel through in search of food.

The digging and tunneling can tear up your garden and landscape. While moles do not eat the plants, the digging and tunneling can tear through and uproot plants, affecting your ability to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees.

Numerous tunnels around your home can also affect your home's foundation. The openings in and under the ground will prevent moisture from draining properly, leading to erosion that may flood or cause moisture to build up in your foundation.

2. Moles Increase the Risk of Other Pests

These pests spend the majority of their time underground, so seeing a mole in and around your yard is rare. Unfortunately, if you have moles, you may have other pests you are more likely to see. These smaller pests may infiltrate your yard and the inside of your home.

Voles are small mice that are common invaders of homes. Also known as field mice, these rodents are attracted to the tunnels created by moles.

Therefore, if you have a mole problem in your yard, you most likely also have voles. While moles spend their time underground, voles will travel through the tunnels in the ground in search of warmth and food, which may be found inside your home.

3. Moles Can Be Prevented

Protecting your yard and home from moles is possible with the help of professionals. To get started, consider having your yard and home inspected to determine what is attracting the moles or other pests.

Moles, for example, tunnel through the soil searching for food, such as worms and other insects. If your yard and home is infested with various types of insects, you have a higher risk of moles. Applying an insecticide to your yard and home's foundation can help.

Moist soil is also easier for moles to dig and tunnel through. Consider having your lawn evaluated by a landscaper for drainage solutions, which will keep your soil dry and free of moles and other pests.

Finally, many homeowners install underground fencing created out of metal mesh. The fencing should be installed around the perimeter of your yard or garden at least a foot below the ground's surface to create an effective barrier.
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Having moles in your yard may not seem like a big problem, but these small pests can lead to bigger issues than you expect. For more information on the prevention and removal or moles, contact OakRidge Wildlife Control today.