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Why am I blogging about moles in January?  That is because moles are active year round.  And, in January and February, moles are mating.  The rest of the year, moles are solitary in that they like to be by themselves.  Here are some bullet points to better understanding the mole:
  • There are three species of moles that are native to Virginia, the eastern mole, the star-nosed mole, and the hairy-tailed mole.  The eastern mole is the most common.
  • Did you know that it is against the law in Virginia to transport and liberate any wild animal captured on your property to property of another unless you have a permit to do so.
  • The type of soil, its moisture content, and the availability of food can limit mole activity.  Moles tend to avoid heavy clay or stony soils where tunneling is difficult.
  • Although many people believe that moles are rodents, like mice or rats, they actually are members of the scientific order Insectivora, which includes animals like shrews and bats.
  • The diet of amole consists of earthworms, snails, slugs, and they love the white grub worm.
  • Moles are not plant or root eaters.  This distinction belongs to the vole.
  • Moles are most active in early morning and late evening.
  • Moles construct two types of tunnels – those at or near the ground surface and those deep (6 to 20 inches) underground.  These deeper tunnels are the highways that lead the mole between feeding areas.
  • Moles have some beneficial characteristics that we need to know.  Moles eat many larvae of plant damaging insects, such as the Japanese Beetle (white grub worm).  Their tunneling activity loosens the soil, improves aeration, and mixes deeper soils with surface organic matter.
  • Eliminating moles from your lawns can be difficult.  As I stated earlier, moles are solitary and don’t live in packs.   So, most mole evidence in our lawns is caused by only two or three moles.  Mole control products that contain castor bean oil seem to be effective in eradicating moles.  We carry two products that contain castor bean oil:  Bonide Mole Max and Messina Mole & Vole Stopper.
Posted: 1/16/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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