When you have been an attentive lawn owner who has healthy turf and thriving landscape beds, the last thing you want is to have moles tear up your lawn as they look for food. Moles are small mammals that spend most of their time underground, digging through the soil looking for insects to eat. They can cause a lot of damage to lawns as they are known to tear up grass and destroy root systems as they dig.

You can prevent them from rummaging your lawn for insects by making their food source unpalatable, among other methods. Keep reading to learn more about moles and what you can do to keep them away from your yard.

What is a mole?

Moles are mammals that live underground where they find insects to eat. They look like rodents with bodies covered by a velvet-like coat. Moles have prominent snouts and short arms. They have long claws which they use to dig tunnels.

Moles are insectivores, meaning they feed on insects. They look for insects by creating tunnels and chambers on your lawn, producing mounds of soil or molehills in your yard. Molehills are volcano-shaped mounds of dirt that can be up to 24 inches in diameter and 8 inches high. These molehills are the first sign of moles on your property.

The presence of moles on your lawn may signify a more significant issue, like insect infestations. This is because moles like to feed on these insects:

  • Earthworms
  • Grubs
  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Larvae

Moles can dig up to 18 feet in one hour.

How do moles damage your yard?

Mole mounds on lawn near Independence, MO.

As moles dig tunnels in your yard they cause damage by tearing up the roots of your grass. This can cause serious damage to your lawn, as the grass will die in areas where the roots have been destroyed. Aside from the damage to your lawn, they also leave large molehills and tunnel markings on your lawn, which will make your lawn look torn up and unattractive.

The tunnels moles create help aerate your lawn and improve drainage. However, their damage still outweighs the benefits moles provide.

Controlling & Preventing Moles in Your Yard

Sams turf care lawn professional spraying grub control on a lawn near Blue Springs, MO.

Mole infestations can be controlled and prevented. The key to stopping them from invading your yard is to remove their source of food like grubs. Removing them will not only keep moles away but will also help save your turf from possible grub damage. While earthworms can be beneficial to your lawn, you can make them unpalatable to moles. A chemical called liquid fence is an effective deterrent, and it works by sinking through the soil and coating the insects to make them taste sour. Once the moles discover how nasty the insects in your yard are, they start looking for a different place to find their meals.

We provide mole repellant treatments that are safe for you and your family. Contact our team today to sign up!

Moles are animals that can cause serious damage to your turf by creating tunnels as they search for food. At Sam's Turf Care, we provide mole repellant treatments using an organic-based product called liquid fence that will make the insects on your lawn taste nasty to moles. Because this is an organic product, it won't affect you, your family, and even your grass. Plus, this product won't harm these critters, it will just deter them from making your property their home. Our services are available to residential, commercial, and HOA properties in Independence, Gladstone, North Kansas City, MO and throughout the nearby communities. Give us a call today at (816) 886-1121 to sign up for our mole repellant service.