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It never fails, you spend time and a lot of money on your yard to get it green and beautiful, only to get up in the morning and see mounds and raise tunnels along your sidewalk, driveway, long your foundation, and going from one flower bed to the other. The mole can be one of the most frustrating animals to deal with! They seem to be everywhere, thousands of them, they must be taking over the world. In fact, in most yards, there are only one or two moles present at any one time. This little creature that tunnels all through your yard is in fact very territorial. The only time the mole tolerates another mole in its territory is when they are breeding, or the female has young that she’s nursing. As soon as they are weaned the young are to hit the road and find their own place to live. Most of the time we figure one to two Moles per acre.

When a mole shows up in the yard the first thing everybody will say to you is you have “Grubs”, you need to treat your yard. When the truth of the matter is most yards do not have the amount of grubs that it would take to support a mole full-time. The major food source for the mole is earthworms and night crawlers. You can also add in the many other insects that can be found in your soil and under the mulch and leaves.

There are two species of moles in the state of New Jersey. The most common is the Eastern Mole, this little bulldozer tends to be in yards that are well drained with good grass root systems. They can be found in sandy soil right on down to our New Jersey marl. If the worms are there in numbers your mole will be there also. The other species of the mole is the Star Nosed Mole. This mole lives mainly along wet moist areas, yards that butt up against streams for swamps, or yards that hold a lot of moisture, they will have this weird-looking mole again if the food sources are there meaning worms insects, and yes to grubs, they will be there also.

Most homeowners and property owners in New Jersey will have a hard time trapping moles. The tunnels seem to go everywhere, with no rhyme or reason. There are two types of tunneling; feeders this is where the tunnels are everywhere going in every direction in a large area. These areas are the areas where most people will try to set traps. Yet these areas most of the time are hit only one time and the mole moves on. The travel tunnels are the tunnels that the Mole will be on every time he’s in that area. The other problem with moles is what we call volcanoes. This is those little mounds of dirt from three inches to ten inches tall that look like little volcanoes. They will pop up all over the yard. When you see these little mounds of dirt that is the indication that the mole is deep in the ground, this is excess dirt from the deep tunnels that the mole was pushing toward the surface to get out of the tunnels. The most prevalent time to see these mounds is in the winter when the worms are below the frost line. Or just after a long spell of heavy rains and the worms have moved deeper.

ACP Wildlife Control Services specializes in capturing moles. We understand the habits and behaviors, we know what the mole is looking for, and because of this we know how to get rid of them. As stated prior our average mole job will be one or two moles per yard. We use traps to capture the moles not the gimmicks of gummy worms, mole poisons which by the way if you read the ingredients you will see that the pellets are vegetable matter. The mole is an insectivore meaning he eats bugs. We offer short-term or large seasonal options.

So if your yard has moles please feel free to give us a call, we can solve your mole problem.

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