Q’s & A’s
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about ridding your yard of moles?
Here are the answers to some of our most commonly asked inquiries!

1) What Are Moles and Why Do They Invade Yards?

Here in Tennessee, the European mole (Talpa europaea) is also known as the Common mole or Northern mole. These small mammals have a wide range across Europe and parts of Asia, living underground and feeding on insects. They tend to be solitary creatures. Although they live in large, complex burrow systems, they rarely interact with other moles save for mating season. They prefer to keep to themselves and are generally nocturnal.

Moles have powerful digging claws that help them dig through the soil quickly and easily. In fact, their claws are so strong that they can break through rock or even concrete! This helps them create intricate burrows with several tunnels and chambers to store food and make nests. Yard moles have also adapted to survive in cold climates due to their thick fur coat which keeps them warm during winter months. The coat also helps reduce water loss caused by rain or snowfall—a major concern since they spend most of their time underground.

When it comes to their diet, these creatures mainly feed on earthworms and other invertebrates they find in the soil. They have sensitive noses that can detect vibrations caused by prey moving under the ground. This helps them quickly locate food sources while avoiding potential predators or other dangers lurking nearby. Many people confuse moles with voles since their names sound the same and they are both a species of animal known for prolific digging and tunneling. But voles are an entirely different species of rodent that closely resemble the domesticated hamster.

2) What Are Some Common Damages Caused by Yard Moles?

Yard moles can cause aesthetic damage to well-manicured lawns, not to mention the potential destruction of plant roots and irrigation systems. Common yard mole damages include thinning or completely dead grass or plants due to root damage, unsightly mole hills, tunnels, as well as damage to any underground sprinkler system lines or utility pipes. While yard moles typically shy away from contact with humans and other animals, they can leave unpleasant reminders like these.

3) Can I Repair Lawn Damage Caused By Moles?

Unfortunately, ground moles can cause significant damage to a property over time. However, there is hope for those dealing with yard mole damage to their lawns and gardens. It is possible to repair damaged lawns. Through a combination of turf grass management techniques and physical barriers such as mole repellent, lawn mole damage can be managed or even eliminated. When dealing with ground moles and their effects on lawns, an integrated approach is usually needed for long-term success. With proper care, ground moles and the damage they cause can be controlled or removed from the yard entirely.

4) Are Ground Moles Dangerous to People or Pets?

sometimes are a common sight in lawns and gardens, but it is important to be aware that they can sometimes be dangerous to both people and pets. These small, underground creatures are known to dig tunnels beneath the ground, leaving behind ground disturbances and unstable soil in their wake. For those with family members or pets who may enjoy playing or walking outside, such lawn damage can pose risks of tripping and falling. Although ground moles are not typically thought to carry contagious diseases, some evidence suggests that if ground moles are transporting fleas, ticks, or other parasites, these parasites may be carrying pathogens hazardous to humans. In addition, ground moles living in highly unsanitary conditions may introduce parasitic worms into the soil that can pose a risk to human health. Therefore, it is important to research ground moles before engaging with activities such as working with soil or compost that could have ground moles present in order to obtain information on potential environmental health risks. Keeping an eye on ground mole activity and hiring a professional service to trap them or remove them altogether may help keep your property safe for everyone.

5) What Are the Signs of An Animal Mole Infestation?

Animal moles can be a real nuisance, damaging lawns and gardens wherever they go. Many homeowners may not even realize they have a mole infestation until it has reached peak levels of destruction. Fortunately, animal moles will usually leave behind several signs too if there is a problem. Common indicators include seeing raised ridges of earth crisscrossing the lawn, large piles of loose soil on the grass, or small tunnels in the garden where animal moles have been digging. Furthermore, animal mole sightings can also alert you to a more severe animal mole problem. If you notice any of these signs, assess your property for evidence of animal moles -- this will help you determine if action needs to be taken.

6) What are the Best Methods for Lawn Mole Removal?

When it comes to lawn mole removal, the best results will come from a combination of methods. Trapping is one of the most effective options for yard mole removal, as it involves placing traps in their tunnels and waiting until they are eliminated. Mole extermination is another popular lawn mole removal method, which requires applying an appropriate, EPA-approved pesticide or insecticide to the lawn in order to eradicate moles. The use of mole repellent can also be effective at lawn mole removal by irritating their delicate noses and keeping them away from your property. With some patience and perseverance, any lawn can be free of moles in no time.

7) How Can I Keep Moles from Coming Back?

Yard moles can be an incredible nuisance, leaving molehills and tunnels all over your lawn. To prevent them from coming back, mole control is essential. This involves changing their habitat with mole repellent, which releases either a sonic or granulated form of a floating material like castor oil and other substances deemed distasteful by the mole. Moles are territorial animals, so they want to keep away from environments that have been treated with mole repellent. When it comes to mole controls, action should be taken soon after you notice any nuisance activity. Doing so will prevent lawn damage and costly remediation.

8) What Are the Most Effective Mole Control Products?

Finding mole control products that are effective can be challenging, as many false claims and ineffective solutions are on the market these days. A mole repellent such as an ultrasonic mole repeller, is one of the most popular mole control products available. This mole repellent uses ultrasonic sound waves to make moles regard their tunnels as hostile territory, driving them away. Another effective product is mole bait, such as mole poison or mole killer. Mole poison is placed in mole runs and tunnels, killing the critters without harming lawns or other creatures like pets. For a long-term solution, homeowners should consider hiring a professional mole removal company to trap and remove moles from the property.

9) What Are Some DIY Home Remedies for Mole Control?

Controlling nuisance mole activity in your garden or lawn can be a daunting task, but there are some home remedies that may help. One way to keep moles from burrowing through your lawn is to make a homemade animal repellent using a combination of cayenne pepper, liquid dish soap, and water. Simply combine a few tablespoons of cayenne pepper with one teaspoon of liquid dish soap and enough water to create a thick mixture. Spraying this repellent inside mole tunnels will likely make them move on because young moles find cayenne pepper to be an unpleasant sensation.

Another option is to get rid of mole hills by pouring boiling water over them. The disruption of their homes should make the moles leave, although they may come back if they find the conditions favorable again. Finally, you can use mole traps that use bait or sound waves to trap and remove moles from your property.

10) How Do I Get Professional Help with My Ground Mole Problem?

In Nashville, Tennessee, yard moles can quickly overtake your lawn and wreak havoc. That's why it's important to contact a licensed mole control professional as soon as you recognize that moles have invaded your property. Here at Mole Miners, our mole trappers are fully licensed and insured, also retaining an Animal Damage Repair licensed. We offer full-service yard mole trapping and removal across Nashville, Tennessee, including Kingston Springs, Ashland City, Pleasant View, Brentwood, Clarksville, Hendersonville, Smyrna, Nolensville, Murfreesboro, Gallatin, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and all nearby municipalities. Ask us about our lawn mole damage repair services, too!

We understand just how difficult it can be when your lawn is suddenly under attack! That’s why we have developed professional eradication methods to take care of the problem efficiently and effectively, dispersing of all moles in yards and gardens in a secure way. So, what are you waiting for – contact Mole Miners for trustworthy and reliable animal mole management, today!