Moles are tiny ground mammals that feast on grubs and other insects. They dig and live in underground tunnels and dens, building an unseen colony. They love rich and dark soil, and often live in large populations. However, these small and mighty diggers are quite destructive to lawns and gardens, often frustrating homeowners when they break the surface. If you think you have a mole problem, here is a guide to help identify them and their destructive paths. After reading this blog, call ArborLawn for expert mole removal right away!

Homeowners Lawn Guide: Moles


Identifying Moles

Moles have very distinct characteristics, including pointed muzzles, tiny eyes, a hairless pointed snout, and a body shaped like a large Idaho potato. They prefer moist, loamy soil and actually swim along the underground tunnels using their wide front flappers. When full-grown, moles are usually about seven inches in length and only weigh about four ounces. 

Signs of a Colony

Mole destruction is very distinct. Unlike their vegetarian cousin, the vole, moles dig deep, and their tunnels can stretch as far as ten inches below the surface. As they go along, digging their tunnels, the surface dirt will rise. If you start seeing volcano-shaped swellings in your lawn, you likely have a mole problem. 

Controlling Moles

Trapping is one of the best humane ways of removing moles from your lawn. If you trap them, make sure you release them at least five miles away from your home. You can also place ultrasonic devices near the runs to deter them from digging new routes. If you try your own methods and still can’t get rid of these tunnel dwellers, then it’s time to call in the professionals. 

Restore Your Lawn

Since 1976, ArborLawn has been the go-to expert for highly effective mole control in Lansing, Jackson, Gladwin, and surrounding Michigan communities. We proudly help keep your lawn in pristine condition while removing the pests that caused destruction in the first place. We can also treat the mature trees and shrubs on your property, getting rid of unwanted insect infestations. To schedule your appointment, contact us today at (800) 331-1746.