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What are moles?

Moles are small insectivores that live almost exclusively underneath the ground.  They live their life traveling through intricate tunnel systems that they create just under the ground’s surface and much deeper in the ground.  In the more shallow tunnels they look for and feed on worms, insects, and plant roots and bulbs.  Moles prefer to live a solitary life in their own tunnel system except during breeding season.

What do they look like?

Adult moles have a tube-shaped body that is covered in dark, short, dense, velvet-like fur.  Their eyes and ears are very small and under-developed; their nose is narrow and pointed.  Moles have short limbs that are very powerful; their front feet are enlarged and are used for digging through the dirt.

Do moles bite?

Like any mammal, moles have the potential to bite; but they rarely, if ever, bite people.  They seldom come up to the surface of the ground and therefore rarely come into contact with people; moles are not considered to be a physical threat to humans.

Are moles dangerous?

Moles are not dangerous to people. They are, however, dangerous to the lawn and landscapes that they are invading.  They can cause significant, costly damage to the root system of grasses and ornamental plants as they create their tunnels and forage for food.

What are the signs of a mole infestation?

Signs of moles on your property can include:

  • Discovering molehills on your lawn. They are typically a few inches high and wide.  Molehills are made from the dirt that the moles have removed from the ground as they create their tunnels.

  • Seeing raised areas or “tunnels” winding or twisting across your lawn.

  • Noticing some plant and/or grass damage or death.

Why do I have a mole problem?

Moles are often found invading golf courses, parks, and lawns; many properties that are having problems with moles are located adjacent to or very close to wooded areas.  A healthy green lawn with easy digging soil that is full of insects and worms is the perfect environment for moles to invade and live in.

How do I get rid of moles?

Moles are a difficult pest to get rid of especially on your own.  Many moles will live together in their own tunnels on the same piece of property.  Without professional help it can be difficult to locate all the active tunnels and their entrances.  The best way to completely get rid of moles is with the help of a professional pest control expert.  If you need help with mole control in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut, contact the mole experts at Big Blue Bug Solutions.

Mole prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

Preventing a mole infestation is a very tough task; they look for and invade healthy lawns that have sandy loose soil that they can easily dig through.  The best way to prevent a large infestation is to get help from Big Blue Bug Solutions at the first sign of these pests and/or their tunnels on your property.

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