Mole Control in Dayton, OH: Understanding the Problem and Finding a Solution
Mole control in Dayton and surrounding areas can be tricky, and understanding the problem you are up against is important to protecting your property from these little nuisances that wreak a lot of havoc.
What is a mole?
Moles are small burrowing mammals that have adapted to a subterranean lifestyle and in fact spend their entire lives underground. They have very poor eyesight and what they lack in vision make up for with a keen sense of touch. All moles have sensitive snouts and clawed digits that they use to tunnel through the ground with. In Ohio, there are primarily three species of mole seen: hairy-tailed moles, star-nosed moles, and the eastern mole.
As stated previously, moles live underground and spend the majority of their time burrowing and tunneling through soil. They are quite capable diggers, and in fact the eastern mole (prevalent in Ohio) is capable of tunneling out a 160 foot burrow in just one night!
If you’ve never seen a mole “run” or tunnel, it is usually clear to see as a row or line of raised soil is visible in your lawn where the mole has been tunneling. This soil will also feel soft underfoot as you step on it as there is now a hollowed out tunnel under your feet! They will create a vast network of these tunnels all over your lawn causing a large amount of damage in a very short amount of time.
In fact, male moles typically have a territory that covers a range of approximately 2 acres, while females generally cover about ½ acre.
Moles are insectivores. 95% of their diet consists of earthworms. A common misconception is that moles eat grubs, therefore treat your yard for grubs and the moles will go away. While it is true that moles will feed on grubs, it is not their primary food source. They will feed on a variety of things including earthworms, grubs, and insects, with earthworms at the top of the list.
Moles need to eat 70-100% of their body weight each day to keep up the energy level needed for the incredible amount of digging they do!
Moles are extremely territorial by nature. Two male moles will fight if they encounter one another , except during mating season. Some tunneling networks may overlap, but moles do not play well together. Breeding occurs in late February-March and the female will raise the pups on her own in a nest that is typically a little deeper underground (approximately 2 feet).
Once breeding has occurred, the gestation period is about 42 days, and the young are weaned between 4-5 weeks old. A litter typically consists of 3-5 offspring. Moles are sexually mature at about 10 months of age and most live for 3-5 years.
Mole control in Dayton, Ohio
Pro Zone Pest Control can help you rid your lawn of unwanted moles. We do this primarily through a process of baiting active mole tunnels using a proven bait that mimics their favorite food source “The Earthworm”.
We understand how and where to bait, and will explain the process to you every step of the way. Don’t let moles overtake your yard, and let us stop moles from keeping you from enjoying your beautiful lawn this year! Give us a call today for a free consultation.