Animal Removal Services of Virginia
Telephone: (804) 457-2883
MOLES
Animal Removal Services of Virginia removes nuisance moles in Albemarle, Goochland, Louisa, Fluvanna, Powhatan, Henrico and Hanover Counties, as well as the Cities of Charlottesville and Richmond. If you have nuisance moles in your yard, call Animal Removal Services of Virginia and find out how we can help.

Moles live underground and inhabit lawns, golf courses, cemeteries, and parks. Soil type, moisture content, and food availability all effect mole activity. In general moles prefer loose sandy-loam soils where digging is easy, and tend to avoid heavy clay and gravelly soils where digging is more difficult. The Star-nosed mole prefers a wetter environment than both the Eastern and Hairy-tailed moles.

Moles are usually 4-8 inches long, have brownish-gray fur, and short powerful front feet that they use for digging. The moles diet is made up of earthworms, grubs, snails, slugs, and insects. Moles cause very little damage to plants while feeding, but may dislodge plants and bulbs while tunneling in search of food. Moles can consume an amount of food equal to 60-100% of their body weight daily, and one mole can dig up to 150 feet of new tunnels every day.

Animal Removal Services of Virginia offers an annual mole control package to help control mole problems. It is important to understand that moles are attracted to the habitat found in your yard, and as long as the habitat is not modified other moles will be attracted to it as well.

Damage and Damage Identification

Moles remove many damaging insects and grubs from lawns and gardens. However, their burrowing habits disfigure lawns and parks, destroy flower beds, tear up the roots of grasses, and create havoc in small garden plots.

It is important to properly identify the kind of animal causing damage before setting out to control the damage. Moles and pocket gophers are often found in the same location and their damage is often confused. Control methods differ for the two species.

Moles leave volcano-shaped hills that are often made up of clods of soil. The mole hills are pushed up from the deep tunnels and may be 2 to 24 inches (5 to 60 cm) tall. The number of mole hills is
not a measure of the number of moles in a given area. Surface tunnels or ridges are indicative
of mole activity.

Pocket gopher mounds are generally kidney-shaped and made of finely sifted and cloddy soil. Generally, gophers leave larger mounds than moles do. Gopher mounds are often built in a line, indicative of a deeper tunnel system. (Source: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage — 1994)




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