West Michigan Pest Control: The Most Effective Mole Control Method

July 19th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: July 15, 2024 – July 19, 2024 

Traps are THE MOST effective mole control method because they provide immediate and direct removal, ensuring quick and visual results. Strategically placed in active tunnels, traps target moles precisely, minimizing risks to non-target animals and avoiding harmful chemicals. By understanding the predictable behavior of moles, traps offer a reliable and long-term solution, making them a preferred choice for homeowners and gardeners. Traps are a key component of our mole control service, distinguishing us from many other companies that rely solely on bait. We use bait as a supplementary method to our traps. Additionally, we apply repellent around the property to minimize new mole activity while we focus on eliminating the current moles that have taken ownership of your yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Grand Rapids Michigan Lawn Care company based in Byron Center, Michigan. Tuff Turf offers a variety of services (ranging from Lawn Care, Pest Control and Bug Control) to the following cities in Michigan:

Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: How To Control Moles and Chipmunks

June 14th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: June 10, 2024 – June, 14, 2024 

Moles live mostly underground, building complex tunnels to find food, for living, and nesting. They create surface tunnels to find food like earthworms and insects, and deeper tunnels for habitation. Although their tunneling can disrupt yards, it benefits the soil by aerating and mixing it. Moles are territorial, using their sense of touch and smell to navigate and find food. Their activity increases in spring and fall, with deeper digging in winter and summer to avoid extreme temperatures. Understanding their behavior reveals the challenges of managing them in yards. Ironically, we found a mole out in the middle of the road this week! How it got there…who knows?!

 

Chipmunks on the other hand dig extensive burrows with multiple entrances for food storage, nesting, and to simply escape. Active during the day, they forage for seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects, storing food in their cheek pouches. They help the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and aerating soil, but their burrowing can damage gardens, lawns, and foundations. To manage chipmunks, use barriers, traps, or repellents, and minimize food sources to discourage them. We found a chipmunk hole in the middle of the yard which isn’t as common as finding their holes near cement pathways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Celebrating Our 30th Successful Season Kickoff!

May 31st, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
This week was a bit different as we got to celebrate the success of our 30th season kickoff!

We would like to extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude to all of our customers and employees for making the 2024 season kick-off a tremendous success! Your support and dedication are what helps give us the ability to provide lawn care services to West Michigan.

An extra special thanks to Pizza Parliament for joining us in our celebration for the second consecutive year. Their concept on pizza is one of a kind and it added a wonderful touch to our event, and we are grateful for their partnership and support during this time of year.

Thank you once again to everyone who contributed to making this season’s launch happen. We look forward to continuing this journey with all of you by updating you along the way with in the field photos, stories and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: 2024 Season Kickoff!

March 15th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

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In The Field: March 11, 2024 – March 15, 2024

 

Our 2024 season has officially begun, and we’re prepared for what lies ahead! With our team fully assembled, we’re setting our sights on some intriguing discoveries.

Our first observation? A sizable mound of dirt, the result of deep tunneling activity from our industrious mole friends. It’s quite impressive, showcasing the fascinating work of these creatures beneath the surface. Not so fascinating for homeowners who like a nice looking yard!

Additionally, we’ve noted signs of chipmunk presence, evident from the distinctive larger holes they leave behind. Their territorial markings add another layer of intrigue to our outdoor investigations.

 

 

Stay tuned for further updates as we’re in the field this Spring and Summer. The journey promises to be enlightening as we uncover more about the natural West Michigan world around us.

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: The Most Active Time Of The Year!

March 8th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: March 4, 2024 – March 8, 2024

Our season officially started in the field on Monday, March 4, and our technicians are out in full force, tackling the increased activity of moles, voles, and chipmunks that comes with this time of year. During the winter months, these critters tend to lay low, but as temperatures rise, they become more noticeable. In one of the pictures from this week, we spotted a mole tunneling against the side of a walkway while searching for earthworms. It most likely came into contact with the sidewalk and simply followed the edge of it as a guide. Our team is working diligently to manage all new activity and to ensure our yards remain mole, vole and chipmunk-free.

Tune in next week for the latest update on what we’re finding out in the field servicing Michigan properties during the Spring and Summer months! 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


Moles, voles, or shrews

March 9th, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

As the snow melts in Michigan we see the damage created by pests under the snow.  It can be difficult to distinguish the damage between moles, voles, and shrews.  As a general rule moles do not like to come out of the ground.  However, in the winter they can come out of the ground and still be under the snow.  Eastern moles tend to leave large piles.  Star nosed moles leave smaller piles that are very close together.  Voles and shrews will eat the grass at ground level.

mole vs vole

Some damage is not that easy to distinguish, which is where we can help.  Our professionals run into problems like in the picture below on a frequent basis.


3000 Moles This Year!

September 18th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

We caught our 3000th mole this past week. This is a little ahead of last year, setting pace for another record breaking year! If we get a delayed winter, it could be a HUGE year for mole control!


2000th Mole Caught!

July 25th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

This week we caught our 2000th mole! This is indicative of our technicians hard work. Thanks to everyone for another record breaking year!


Slime Mold

July 11th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Slime Mold

The frequent rain has created an explosion of slime mold in the bark beds lately. While it may look like your dog was sick or your crazy uncle drank too much, it is a fungus. It is not toxic. It can be yellow, gray, black, or other colors. You don’t have to spray it with anything. Grab a shovel, dig it up, and throw it away. This is more common in beds that had fresh bark this spring.