Root Systems & Trees Can Be Damaged By Moles
January 30, 2018
Moles are extremely common pests across Texas and have caused problems for homeowners from Houston to Dallas to San Antonio. They are subterranean creatures that can be found beneath suburban lawns and gardens. They have also been known to burrow beneath patios and porches, and love to excavate in the dark, damp earth in search of grubs and other insects.
Moles are perfectly adapted to dig, and they’re extremely efficient at it. Some species can dig up to fifteen feet in an hour, and can dig to depths of forty inches below the surface. A mole problem can often be identified by the sudden appearance of mounds of dirt on the surface of your lawn. These mounds are the result of mole excavations as they push up and rearrange the dirt beneath the surface of the ground to make room for their tunneling. If a mole problem becomes severe enough, these creatures have the ability to damage root systems with their burrowing.
Over time, this burrowing can cause severe damage to lawns and gardens and can require expensive replacement. Moreover, residents might find it impossible to walk across their lawn without “falling” through the surface, leaving costly and unsightly holes. Despite the relatively small size of these animals, their destructive presence can cause thousands of dollars of damage to lawns and landscaping.
It’s important to note that moles can be removed in a non-lethal and humane way, and commercially available traps will usually do the job without minimal hassle. Still, the official diagnosis of a pest control expert is often invaluable, because they’ll be able to more accurately determine how many moles are in your yard and have been trained in how best to gauge the severity of the situation. Moles have very poor eyesight since they spend all their time in the dark, but they do have an excellent sense of smell, which they use for direction and hunting for food. Depending on your specific situation and location, pest control experts may choose to plant chocolate lilies or garlic, which will naturally repel these animals. However, this approach may not always be an option, and occasionally trapping and physically removing the moles is a necessary contingency.
Mole removal can sometimes be a complicated process, and should only be attempted by pest control professionals who understand the behavior of these animals. Cantu Pest & Termite cares about the safe and humane trapping of the wildlife that has invaded your home or business. We believe that wildlife invaders do not have to be killed in order to solve the invasion. After our professionals have properly and thoroughly employed measures that will eliminate future wildlife infestation then the property owner may choose to have any wildlife in and around the property caught in humane traps.
If moles have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest & Termite and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts in Houston, TX.