A Useful Guide To Preventing Mole Problems In Your Lee's Summit Yard
Moles in Kansas can invade and destroy your pristine landscape in a short amount of time. If you notice raised grass in your yard, you could have a mole problem. At Mantis Pest Solutions, we are a locally-owned company that provides pest control in Lee's Summit. We know exactly how to get rid of the moles in your yard and keep them away for good.
What Are Moles?
Moles are small animals that live primarily underground. They have brownish-gray fur covering their entire body, except for their feet and snout. Their front legs are short, and their front hands are shaped like wide paddles and have long claws to help them easily dig through the ground. The things that make their appearance unique are their long snout, small eyes, and internal ears.
Moles are carnivores that eat grubs and other insects that they find underground. They have extremely poor eyesight, but they use their sensitive noses to help them find food. They not only have a great sense of smell, but their noses are actually more sensitive to touch than a human hand.
The Extent of Damage Moles Can Create In Your Yard
Moles dig long and complex tunnel systems under the ground. They are extremely diligent diggers and can dig up to 18 feet in just one hour. On average, one mole can create around 150 feet of underground tunnels in one day. Even though these tunnels are underground, you can clearly see signs of them above ground. In addition to the tunnels, moles create mounds, or molehills, that look like pyramid-shaped dirt piles above the ground.
These tunnels and mounds can cause a lot of damage to your yard. If you have moles in your yard, you may notice the following:
- Patches of dead or discolored grass
- Raised lines of grass that make a crisscross design
- Patches of loose ground that sink when stepped on
When moles build their tunnels, they usually detach the roots from the plants in your yard, causing the plants to die. You will also notice an increased amount of weeds around your yard.
Four Naturally Effective Tips To Prevent Moles In Your Yard
The best way to deal with moles in your yard is to prevent them from invading it in the first place. Below are some natural ways to prevent moles from borrowing in your yard:
- Build an underground barrier. To do this, you will need to dig a trench around the perimeter of your yard or a specific area you want to protect. The trench should be about two feet deep. Fill the trench with rocks or rolls of metal wire, then cover it up with dirt. No one will be able to see the underground barrier, but moles will know it is there.
- Keep your yard as dry as possible. Many of the insects that moles eat love moist soil. Try not to water your yard too much to keep the soil as dry as possible.
- Keep your yard tidy. Moles are more likely to invade yards with limited activity. Keep the grass in your yard cut short and bushes and shrubs manicured.
- Plant strong-smelling flowers around the perimeter of your yard. Moles don't like flowers in the allium family, like marigolds and daffodils. Moles will generally try to avoid these flowers because they feel the smell is too strong.
These remedies are not always 100 percent effective. However, they can help to reduce your chances of having moles in your yard.
Contact The Pros For Effective Mole Removal And Control
If you are struggling to get rid of the moles from your Lee's Summit property, give us a call today. At Mantis Pest Solutions, we can eliminate moles from your yard for good.