Moles aren’t just a nuisance—when moles invade your yard, they can cause significant damage to your lawn and landscaping. At Picture Perfect Lawn Care, we’re here to help you discover the most effective mole repellent and eradication methods available.
More on moles: What causes them and how they endanger your lawn
The eastern mole is the only species that lives in Missouri. Moles can cause a great deal of damage to lawns, tunneling as they forage for food. A mole's main diet is earthworms and grubworms. However, they also feed on other soil-dwelling insects such as beetles, spiders, centipedes, ant pupae, and cutworms.
The dos and don’ts of mole control
Trapping is most effective during the spring and fall when moles are most active. We recommend using multiple traps, as it is much better to put three to four traps out than to try to chase the pest around the lawn with one trap. If the traps have not gotten your mole within four to five days, it's time to move the traps to a new location. For successful trapping, it's best to find the main tunnel (feeding tunnel) that is used most frequently. Sometimes this will take some patience and extra effort.
Other methods of mole removal
Other options for mole eradication include using repellents, toxicants (baits), and fumigants. Of these methods, baiting is the most effective. As with trapping, find a feeding tunnel that is still actively used by the pest and poke a few holes through the top. Insert bait and monitor for mole activity. We recommend using Talpirid poisonous worms for best results.
Constant monitoring and the use of multiple control methods are certainly advised for successful eradication. But with patience and some extra effort, you can rid your lawn of this pest.