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: Beautiful Properties & Lawns

April 26th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: April 22, 2024 – April 26, 2024

 

It can be extremely frustrating when your whole property is immaculate and pristine, to only have dirt piles and squishy trails showing up from your underground neighbor the mole. By the term neighbor, we mean it. Moles are there to stay once they show up. They found the food source, the earthworm, and are now ready to camp out and stake claim to your soil. To get them out, you need to trap and bait the ones that are currently there and apply a monthly repellent to the perimeter for future prevention.

 

Art may be in the eye of the beholder, but one can’t stop to look in awe of the beautiful contrasting lush green lines the lawn roller has been creating this season. Our veteran lawn rolling technician Chelsea is truly a master when it comes to smoothing out the dirt piles and soft trails that moles create. Don’t forget to do a core aeration the same season you roll your yard! Speaking of, come June, Chelsea plans to jump off the lawn roller and finish out the season by doing Core Aerations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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


West Michigan Pest Control – The Most Effective Method For Mole Activity

February 28th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
While many methods can be somewhat effective, nothing compares to trapping, baiting and repelling. It can just take a lot of time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molebusters Mole Control Process

  • Email customer a few days before their scheduled visit so they know which tech and what day they will stop by. 
  • New clients are serviced promptly! 
  • Visits for Mole Control are scheduled every 10-14 days.
  • Survey property and surroundings for mole entry points.
  • Differentiate mole activity from other animals like voles.
  • Identify active and inactive mole tunnels.
  • Distinguish between feeding and traveling tunnels.
  • Measure depth and width of traveling tunnels to select appropriate traps.
  • Assess soil moisture to determine trap effectiveness.
  • Set traps accordingly.
  • Choose bait based on tunnel location and depth.
  • Castor oil repellent is applied to minimize new mole activity during the program.
  • Provide clients with notes on bait usage, trap numbers, and trapped moles.
  • Continuously monitor mole activity, replenishing bait to prevent new infestations.

 

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


The 2020 Mole Busting Season has Begun!

January 27th, 2020 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

We’ve already caught 28 moles this year.  How many do you think we can catch in 2020?


4081 Michigan moles trapped in 2017

January 16th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

For 2017 we trapped 4,081 moles.  We set traps in 48,523 different tunnels and performed 14,512 services.  2017 was our third highest season for trapping moles, and brings our total to 31,175 moles trapped since 2010.


Moles Trapped in 2016

April 5th, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Our mole team has now performed 1452 services, we have 4230 traps set, and trapped 375 moles this year.


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.


1000 moles trapped this year

June 21st, 2013 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

The slowest start to our season and the fastest we ever hit 1000.