We’ve already caught 28 moles this year. How many do you think we can catch in 2020?
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.
Our mole team has now performed 1452 services, we have 4230 traps set, and trapped 375 moles this year.
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.
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.
The slowest start to our season and the fastest we ever hit 1000.
Myth buster: Moles can be drowned out of the lawn with a garden hose. TRUTH: God turned on His garden hose on Monday, and everybody’s lawn has been under water this week. When the lawns dry up, we will actually see a lot more mole activity than before this week of rain.
This has been a great winter to be a mole. Moles don’t hibernate durring the winter, they simply move below the frost line. Since we don’t really have any frost, they have been close to the surface. When eastern moles go deeper, they tend to push up more piles. When they are close to the surface they leave the ridges.
I actually had an article sent to me boasting about the “benefits” of moles. Follow this link to read the article. By the way, the author is wrong about shrews. They are not insectivores. Does anybody else perceive moles as beneficial?
Last week when the weather warmed up and the snow melted for a day or two our phones were ringing off the hook! Customers were calling in to sign up for mole control programs because the melting of the snow uncovered yards full of mole trails. It sounds like there was a lot of mole activity going on this winter! One of our frequently asked questions is “Moles are dormant in winter, right?” In fact moles don’t hibernate nor do worms. The moles follow worms deep into the ground as both try to avoid freezing. Most of the moles deeper (older) tunnels remain comfortable throughout the winter. Winter damage by moles usually occurs during unseasonably warm periods or beneath the insulation of heavy snow. Moles can’t hibernate because they don’t store food or fat. This fact shows the importance of a good mole control program during the summer so that the moles don’t continue to repopulate and further damage your lawn during the winter.
Moles are very active trying to get a good meal in before the frost sets in. Moles do not hibernate. They remain active all winter. However, it is a lot more difficult to find the worms under the frost line, so that is why we are seeing the large increase in mole activity now.