While spring can be a time of rejuvenation and rebirth for your yard, it can also be a time of shocking damage. Moles that were active under the cover of snow can wreak havoc on a lawn. They can also cause considerable damage to other portions of your landscaping, pavers, and even cement.
It really can be quite amazing the amount of destruction little rodents can unleash on your yard, which is why moles are almost like an urban legend among residents in Michigan. The problem is that plenty of exaggerated or well-meaning but misinformed information is passed from one person to the next. To effective combat mole infestations in your lawn, you need dependable information and real results.
Species to Watch For:
Before trying to control moles, you need to know the enemy. Not understanding moles and how they behave puts you at a big disadvantage as you fight to rid them from any turf area.
There are two types of moles that you’ll encounter in Michigan:
Eastern moles – these make surface tunnels that you see leading all over.
Star-nosed moles – this is the variety that leaves piles of soil all over grassy areas, like mini eruptions of the earth.
Which type you have determines just how tough it will be to control the mole problem. Eastern moles are easier to take on, simply because their tunnels are so close to the surface. Still, you’ve seen a trail of dead grass where star-nosed moles have tunneled below the surface.
Plenty of folklore revolves around how to get rid of a mole problem. Proper control requires the proper approach, instead of relying on what you’ve heard from your next-door neighbor’s cousin.
Don’t fall for any of the following control methods, because they don’t work:
Controlling the grubs. Go after the moles, not just grubs. Some people erroneously believe that moles tear up their lawn just because there are grubs in it. Getting rid of the grubs won’t cause the moles to move on.
Putting moth flakes or mothballs in or around the tunnels. This doesn’t do anything.
Placing devices designed to vibrate the ground. They may look neat, but they don’t get rid of moles.
Putting toxic plants in your yard, like marigold, Fritillaria, castor beans, etc. to kill moles. There’s zero research to prove this works.
Spreading poisoned peanuts around. Moles aren’t known to eat peanuts, so this likely won’t be effective at all.
Throwing smoke cartridges into mole holes. This doesn’t do anything to get rid of moles.
Spreading dangerous items on the lawn. This might be razor blades, broken glass, or other similar items. It won’t get rid of the moles, and it could hurt you, your family, and your pets.
Effective mole control can involve the following:
Trapping the moles. Of course, you can’t just release them once you’ve caught a mole. You also need to know where to place the traps and how to set them up properly.
Placing poisonous baits designed for moles. This is an especially effective approach. Many are made to look like earthworms, which moles eat, like Talpirid. In fact, we find that Talpirid is extremely effective since it mimics a natural food source that moles will surely go after. You do need to be careful about this approach if you have dogs or other animals running around your property. Our technicians mark treated areas with stakes, which helps.