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MYTH: Mole repellants, underground sonic waves, gum or pinwheels in the yard will get rid of my moles

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Eastern Mole © Harbor Wildlife Control

Eastern Mole © Harbor Wildlife Control

The Eastern Mole or Common Mole (Scalopus aquaticus) is a medium-sized North American mole. It is the only member of genus Scalopus.

It is found in forested and open areas with moist sandy soils in northern Mexico, the eastern United States and the southwestern corner of Ontario in Canada.

This animal has grey-brown fur with silver grey underparts, a pointed nose and a short tail. It is about 16 cm in length including a 3 cm long tail and weighs about 75 g. Its front paws are broad and spade-shaped, specialized for digging. It has 36 teeth. Its eyes are covered by fur and its ears are not visible.

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Captured Mole © HWC
Mole Damage
Mole Damage to Lawn

Most mole problems consist of one or two moles doing a considerable amount of damage. A good indication of how many moles you may have is to clear all the hills away with a rake. You can then determine how many areas are active concurrently by observing where the new mole hills are being created. If you have two different areas of fresh mole activity in one night, there is a possibility you have more than one mole. If you have only one area active at a time, you may have only one mole. There is no concrete way of determining exactly how many moles there are until moles are trapped and there is no more activity.

The mole spends most of its time underground, foraging in shallow burrows for earthworms, grubs, beetles, insect larvae and some plant matter. It is active year round.

This animal is mainly solitary except during mating in early spring. The female has a litter of 2 to 5 young in a deep underground burrow

This species is an omnivore. Its diet includes mostly insect larvae and earthworms, but it also eats other invertebrates, including slugs and centipedes, as well as roots and seeds. Predators include hawks and owls during the rare occasions when the mole is on the surface, or digging mammals, such as foxes, and domestic cats and dogs.

Myth 1: I have moles in my yards so that means I have grubs, right?
False. Moles eat lots of stuff and grubs are not the only entrée on their menu. It is not appropriate, or for that matter legal, to apply a grub control insecticide to eliminate moles. First of all it won’t work, second of all the pesticide label is the law and insecticides are not labeled for mole control.

Myth 2: Juicy Fruit, Bubblicious, or Extra Spearmint gum control moles.
I usually tell people if it works for you that’s great, however I have no evidence to support this recommendation. I suppose if nothing else you’d have moles with good breath.

Myth 3: Mole repellants, underground sonic waves, pinwheels in the yard will get rid of my moles.
False. Pinwheels are decorative though.

The only time tested effective method for controlling moles is trapping.

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