Oct. 14, 2012
-- Poor little moles – they’re the ugly ducklings of the “pesky animals for homeowners” world. Squirrels and raccoons can take apart the wiring in your home faster than Michael Phelps in the 100m backstroke, but most people still don’t want them exterminated, just humanely trapped and moved to a nice forest. Why? Probably because squirrels and raccoons are just so darn cute – no one wants to kill Bullwinkle’s beloved friend Rocky the Flying Squirrel.
Moles, however, are a completely different story. Homeowners get a glimpse of them – or more likely, the havoc they wreck on lawns – and want them taken out in a permanent way. Why? Have you seen a mole up close? It’s not a pretty sight, and when the most famous movie mole is the villain Speckles in Disney’s “G-Force” chances are you’re not ever going to endear moles to anyone. It’s hard to forgive a cute animal for destroying a lawn, but forgiving the homely mole is almost impossible.
Despite the fact that moles are helpful with insect control, they also destroy lawns with their constant “swimming”
through soil to eat enough insects and worms to satisfy their huge appetites. Moles can eat up to 80 percent of their weight daily, and that kind of appetite requires serious daily digging. For the homeowner, that mega-digging shows up in telltale molehills, ridges, and furrows all over what is supposed to be a smooth lawn.
There are numerous “homegrown”
solutions for getting rid of moles – everything from moth balls to bubble gum are rumored to be surefire mole deterrents, but in reality, trapping is by far the most effective and efficient way to get rid of moles and get a beautiful lawn back. Many people try the do-it-yourself approach to setting traps, but unless the trap-setter is familiar with both the traps and the mole’s elusive habits, their efforts will be largely unsuccessful. Your best bet is to call a no-kill animal control expert like Richardson Pest Solutions in St. Louis to take care of your mole infestation and give you a pristine lawn back to enjoy again. For more information, contact the rodent control specialists at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com