Why are moles in my yard? Two reasons: 1. They're just passing through (straight, isolated tunnels running up the drive, walkway, base of house, etc). 2. Because the soil is attracting them in (zig-zagging, wide-spread tunnels or mounds). This is often worsened by 3 things:
- Poor moisture control.
- Use of pesticides in the soil.
- Dead tree root systems.
What do Lawn Moles do after the lawn has been treated for mole removal?
- Moles often want to get away from treated soil. This can happen in many ways:
- moles head for property borders.
- moles dig lower down into the soil.
- moles scramble to find exits.
- moles can go through a period of increased activity as they frantically search to exit the lawn.
Can anything that I do help with the evacuation process? Yes.
- Practice good moisture control.
- Avoid pesticides.
- And you can add trapping, for an all-out assault on your moles.
- Are there things about my lawn that may make it harder to get rid of moles? Yes.
- Large properties can be hard for moles to find distant exits.
- Dead tree roots are deep and wide magnets for neighborhood moles. Trapping these isn't usually effective, these areas should be treated.
- Never watering a lawn. Allowing lawns to dry out in long St. Louis weather can drastically throw off the food balance of your soil. Be sure that you water your lawn regularly.
- Over watering a lawn. This too can create a food imbalance when the soil rarely has a chance to adequately dry out.
- The use of pesticides. Once these toxins metabolize, they also create a food imbalance that often leads to mole infestation.
What makes mole removal such a challenge?
- Moles are attracted to food. So, whatever is happening in your lawn to create an un-natural level of mole food, is often the problem. This can be:
- Dead Tree Root System: Not the trunk, but the roots. They run deep and wide and there's nothing to do about them but wait for insects to break them down. As they do it, they also create larvae. Moles love to eat the insects and the larvae. This goes further down that traps and often lower than our treatment. But, if we can drive them down far enough, you may not see mole damage.
- Soil staying too wet or over drying. Both of these create an over population of mole food. Too wet means lots of worms, while it also kills the balance of bugs, which will backfire on you later. And drying the soil kills most insects until, that is, it rains. Then bugs swoop in to lay eggs in this once vacant lawn and over populating it with larvae...which is bad.
- Pesticides, or Grub Ex. Much like over drying, this sterilizes the soil and, once these toxins break down and are gone, it leaves bug vacant soil that where new bugs can lay too many eggs.
What do we do to help with St. Louis Lawn Moles?
- We apply a spray treatment to the lawn and beds of a St. Louis property to help drive moles out and keep them out long term.
Why is running irrigation during service important?
- Our treatment is sprayed to the surface of your lawn and must be watered into the ground to begin the process of helping to drive your lawn moles out.
Why is there an added fee if I don't have an automatic irrigation system?
- Our mole removal treatment has to be watered into the ground. When you have in- ground irrigation throughout the treatment area, you simply run it for a few minutes per zone as we apply our treatment. If you don't have automatic irrigation, our tech will bring irrigation equipment and facilitate it as he treats.
Does your treatment kill moles?
- No. Our treatment is safe for kids, plants, pets and even moles.
Is it effective to treat small areas of my lawn?
- It can be. However, when we treat the ground, we're trying to drive the moles from treated portions of the lawn to soil that remains untreated. If you only treat part of your property, we can't prevent moles from simply moving over to your untreated lawn.
Is mole trapping ever best for mole removal?
- Yes. There are generally 2 types of mole infestation, 1) straight mole tunnels, and 2) wide-spread mole tunnels or mole mounds. If your mole infestation is limited to running up your drive or walkway, trapping is usually best. If your mole infestation is wide spread, that's an indication that it's your soil that's the problem by drawing the neighborhood population of moles, in which case the soil should be treated.
What are the downsides of mole trapping?
- When tunnels are zig-zagging, that means that moles already got that food so there's little reason for the mole to repeat that path, so targeting with traps is difficult.
- Mole mounds occur when moles are below the ground. Without surface tunnels, moles are too low for trapping.
- When infestation is wide spread and zig-zagging, that means your soil is a "mole magnet", drawing moles in from throughout the neighborhood. Making it worse, moles are territorial. So, once a few moles are trapped, it often just clears the way for new moles to move into re-infest.
Is there a bottom line on how I should look at mole removal choices? Yes.
- If your mole infestation is straight, running up the drive or walkway, there's nothing indicating that the soil is the problem by luring moles in from the neighborhood. With this, you don't need us, mole trapping is best.
- If your infestation are wide spread mole tunnels or mole mounds, this often means that the soil is what's drawing moles in. Without treating the problem, the infestation often persists.
- And always remember, in an infested neighborhood where you share your moles, our revenue comes from achieving mole free success. With trapping, a trapper's revenue actually comes from repeated mole infestation.