Do They Cause Damage?
Damage from moles is limited to the raised tunnels and mounds of soil they create in lawns. They prefer moist, sandy loam soils and avoid heavy clay soils. Their preferred food are earthworms and white grubs, but they will also eat small verabrates, insects and spiders. They generally do not feed on, nor damage plantings.
Do I Have An Infestation?
Usually the first sign of a problem is finding the raised tunnels or mounds of soil (molehills) in the lawn. As moles forage for food, soil is pushed up to create the raised ridges. Where tunnels run deeper, to nests or in colder temps, they push soil to the surface creating mounds some of which can be up to 12” in diameter.
What Can Masters Touch Do?
A thorough inspection is needed to determine the extent of the mole activity and to determine which tunnels are the most active. Specialized traps and/or baits can be placed in the tunnels to eliminate the current mole infestation.
How Can You Help?
Unfortunately there is not a lot you can do to prevent moles from foraging in your yard. Moles have a range of ½ – 1 acre, therefore the activity can easily originate on your neighbor’s property. Treating your lawn for grubs will have limited effect as earthworms are also a preferred food.
Peak activity in Southeastern Pennsylvania seems to be March – June.