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Small girl screaming because there are moles and other pests where she is playing.
Small girl screaming because there are moles and other pests where she is playing.

Mole Control

Get Rid of Moles

Mole Facts:

  • Moles do not hibernate.  They are active every day of the year.  The more snow on the ground, the thicker their blanket is to protect them from cold air.
  • A mole can dig at the rate of 17 feet per hour.
  • A mole’s speed through their mole tunnels can be 70 feet per minute, or just under one mile per hour.
  • Moles will eat roughly half of their body weight in food each day.
  • A mole eats an average of one earthworm every hour.
  • Moles have twice as much blood as other mammals of similar size, allowing them to breath underground.
  • Increased blood flow also allows for them to deal with the large increase in carbon dioxide found in their tunnels.
  • Moles have to eat every three to four hours or they will starve to death.
  • Moles are territorial and will defend their home.
  • Moles are good swimmers.  Flooding is a natural occurrence (especially in the spring when the snow melts) and moles have had millions of years to adapt to water in their tunnels.

 

Highlights from our 2013 mole culling season!

See our legendary Rodinator in action!

Many people believe every rumor or home remedy to control moles is worth trying. Moles are woodland animals in nature, but can quickly colonize and spread through adjacent residential properties. The longer moles are allowed to tunnel the more difficult they become to control. Mole activity will come and go throughout the season. New moles will move into existing deserted tunnels. Mole control is a continuous process that requires maintenance. There is no one time cure for moles. The mole’s primary source of food are worms so controlling the grubs in a lawn is not protection from mole activity.

Our 12 Step Mole Control Process:

1.) Email the client prior a couple of days advance so they know what day they are scheduled. The exception to this rule is the first visit. We get to all new clients ASAP. If we are scheduled to be in the neighborhood that same day or the next day we would not provide the advance email notification.

2.) Survey the property and surrounding areas for mole entry points.

3.) Distinguish between mole activity and other animal activity like voles.

4.) Distinguish between active and inactive mole tunnels.

5.) Distinguish between feeding tunnels and traveling tunnels.

6.) Measure depth and width of traveling tunnels to determine which trap works best.

7.) Evaluate the level of moisture in the soil to determine which trap will work the best.

8.) Set appropriate numbers of traps.

9.) Determine which bait to use based on location and depth of feeding tunnels.

10.) Determine if spraying the border of the property with a repellent would be of benefit, and spray as needed.

11.) Leave notes with the client about bait that was used, number of traps set or removed, and number of moles that were trapped.

12.) Monitor mole activity on an ongoing basis. As mole tunnels disappear, we keep replenishing the bait in the ground to stop the advancement of new moles.

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Send an email & text notification before every service so you know who is coming, the technician’s name and picture, and what service they are providing.
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Full-time technicians dedicated to mole control
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The company runs a background check and performs random drug tests on the technicians that are on your property.
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The technician is paid hourly, so he will do what is best for your lawn and not what gives him a commission or quota bonus.
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Holds a DNR Wildlife Damage and Nuisance Control Permit.
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Licensed with the Department of Agriculture for General Pests and Vertebrate Animals.
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Our client is the lawn on the left

Some Experts “Claim” that Moles have no teeth. Here is a Michigan Mole with teeth:

For the record, I am the first person to call the Kent County Health Department and inquire about rabies from this mole that bit me and penetrated the skin. I was referred to the CDC, who laughed when I explained we were in a photographer’s studio for a photo shoot.
Star Nosed Mole

Eastern Mole
Mole Headstone

In addition to servicing the homes of the founders of Amway and Steelcase, the following businesses have also used my mole control services:

Amber Ridge Condominiums

Bank One

Chandler Woods Charter School

Chilis Bar & Grille

Dan Vos Construction

Fifth Third Ball Park

Gun Lake Community Church

Hillside Community Church

Jade Pig Ventures

Kentwood Community Church

Mayflower Congregational Church

Millbrook Christian Reformed Church

Pinery Park Little League

Precision Property Management

Rio Grande Restaurant

Southern Little League

Stroo Funeral Home

York Creek Condominiums

American RV

Burger King Restaurant

Chase Bank

Cross Creek Charter School

Fazolis Restaurant

Grand Rapids Golf Club

Heritage Baptist Church

Huntington Woods Condominiums

Kelloggsville Public Schools

Legacy Christian School

McDonalds Restaurant

Plainfield Township

Railside Condominiums

South Christian High School

Spectrum Health

TriUnity Christian High School

York View Condominiums

I have also been hired or endorsed by the following landscape professionals:

Boverhof Landscape Services

Chuck’s Landscape Management

DK Lawn Care

Everett’s Landscape Management

HLS Lawn Care

Landscape Impressions

Meadowgreen, Inc.

Preferred Landscape Management

Ridgeview Landscaping

TS Groundskeeping

Wabeke Lawn Service

Weed Man

Bykerk Landscape Management

DJ’s Lawn Service

EarthScapes

Hilbrand’s Landscape Management

Intricate Lawn & Landscape

Larry’s Lawn Service

Oomkes Landscape Management

Premier Landscape

The Lawn Ranger

Vandenberg’s Landscape Maintenance

Weed & Feed Lawn Care

 

BURIED ITEMS

Please note that we are not responsible for damage to buried items.  Buried items include, but are not limited to:  invisible dog fences; underground sprinkling lines, valves, wires, and heads; utility lines; cable lines; landscape lighting; or drain tile.  In order to set our traps, we cut slices in the ground that can be as deep as 6 inches.  If you have an invisible dog fence it is recommended that you flag it since fences are usually only buried 1 to 2 inches down.