Homeowners go to great lengths
to get rid of the animal mole. These insect eating mammals live a solitary
life beneath our soil and cause an immense eyesore for both the homeowner
and neighborhood in a rather short period of time. The purpose of
the mole is the search for food in his quest for survival. The moles diet
consists mainly of worms, grubs, spiders, beetles and other ground larvae
found throughout your well nourished yard. Preferring soft to sandy soil,
this mammal with the highly developed sense of smell and hearing, generally
needs an amount of food at or surpassing its own body weight. The common
animal mole is an active creature capable of digging 12 feet or more in
an hour and can develop an elaborate tunneling network beneath your yard.
He is in no hurry to go anywhere else, less his food supply should diminish,
he will most likely dig more to find more.
|The moles tunneling
only slows down for mating, which usually occurs during the winter months
when the ground is hard or frozen over. He retreats to deeper areas of the
tunneling system until the arrival of spring, although he does not hibernate.
When the rains loosen the soil and re-supplies the food source he is quickly
back to work. The animal mole will dig two types of tunnels: 1) those that
are deeply nested and need air neutralization, hence the reason for the
mounds; 2) those that are used once or twice for feeding purposes only.
To control animal moles effectively you must develop a trapping method and
dedicate yourself to these efforts. Trapping moles takes patience, knowledge
and understanding. With this in mind I wish you success in your venture
with the animal mole. His yard damage and unsightly mounds can be
limited with time, patience and a proper trapping method.