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What to do When There Are Moles in Your Home
Whenever I think of moles, the children’s fictional characters turned pop stars the Wombles come to mind. They’re both furry creatures with long noses that live in burrows and, although in different ways, help the environment.
But that’s where the similarities end.
The Wombles, even though they’ve released some pretty shocking singles, bring you some sense of joy when you see or hear them.
Moles, on the other hand, are more commonly considered pests or vermin and thus less warmly received. They’re also known to be pretty destructive, burrowing into your garden, home, business, and life — if given the time, space, and motive (just kidding) to do so.
So what are these underground, often semi-aquatic creatures doing in your garden or kitchen? Why have these tiny-eyed, soil-loving animals suddenly decided they want to ransack your business? And maybe, more importantly, is it even moles that are to blame for the damage and havoc, or something else?
Do you really have a mole infestation?
Surprisingly enough, in most parts of the world, finding a mole in your home or business is even rarer than finding a Womble. That being said, it does happen, and there are certain signs you can look out for to know if it’s happened to you.
As moles live underground and create complex systems of tunnels, they love loose dirt — much like the dirt found in large landscaped yards or gardens that surround buildings. A healthy garden full of insects and worms is exactly what they love. And the chances they’ll find yours is even greater if you live by an area of woodland.
If you do have a mole infestation, chances are you’ll notice molehills— small mounds of dirt that are typically a few inches high and wide. You may also notice raised areas of dirt from the tunnels they create underground, as well as damage to the grass. Moles are ferocious diggers, and as such, it’s not too difficult for them to abruptly enter your home or business through foundation cracks or damaged windows that lay near the soil line.
But even if you notice some of these signs, moles may not be the ones to blame. Moles rarely raise their heads above ground, never mind enter and run around your property. Chances are if you think you have a mole infestation, you actually have shrews or voles.
Shrews are smaller than moles, with dense fur and long snouts — not unlike fat puffed up mice. Voles are even more mice-like, being rodents with blunt and rounded noses. They’re even often called field-mice. Unlike shrews and mice, though, they’re carnivorous and like feeding on grubs and other insect life.
Are they dangerous?
If you’ve got a mole problem, then you don’t have to worry about them harming you. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t a danger to the gardens and landscapes they’re tunnelling through and churning up.
Left to roam free, moles can cause significant and costly damage — particularly if they’re invading large areas of land such as golf courses and parks. What’s more, getting rid of them is particularly difficult as the likelihood is they’re not going to pop out to say hello.
Shrews, on the other hand, are vicious and dangerous above-ground creatures that will make themselves seen and felt. Never try and catch a shrew by hand; they have toxins in their saliva that can cause swelling and considerable pain. They also make use of the tunnels of moles and voles and can, particularly in winter, cause major damage to the trunks and roots of trees and shrubs.
Voles, as well as causing major damage to gardens, trees, and grain crops, also spread disease through their urine and faeces — often even introducing parasites to your property. What’s worse, although they’re the most mice-like of the three, they eat different things, and so you won’t have any luck catching them with standard bait.
How to get rid of them for good
As you can see, one of the main difficulties when faced with a mole problem, is knowing whether it’s actually a mole, shrew, vole or even a mouse infestation that’s to blame. Knowing which it is is the key to addressing the infestation and getting rid of it for good.
Since the animals display similar signs and are hard enough to spot never mind get rid of, calling in the pest control experts will ensure you deal with the problem quickly and cost effectively. There are over the counter mole control methods and traps that you can try, but they take a lot of patience and persistence and the results are typically short-lived, especially for large-scale infestations.
Make sure you’re treating the right problem and that no further damage is caused to your home or business by calling Enserve today.