Virginia Mole Removal and Control
(434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975
Moles digging in your yard? Killing the grass? Damaging your plants? Virginia Mole Removal and Control in Charlottesville and Richmond Virginia is provided using the most humane and effective techniques in the industry. We Do Not use poisons and our methods are safe for you, your family and your pets. Moles are generally a good news – bad news scenario. The bad news is you have a mole infestation that is damaging your lawn, field, play ground, sod or golf course. The good news is that most likely you have great soil that is necessary to produce great looking lawns.
VIRGINIA PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE REMOVAL SERVICES, LLC is a regional service provider specializing in lawn and golf course mole control. If you are tired of the unsightly mounds of dirt, tunneling and other damage to your lawn, garden or golf course then call us today. We provide assistance in controlling moles and voles which can cause substantial damage as they dig, burrow or otherwise damage your lawn, flowers or trees. Residential and commercial service is available. Richmond and Charlottesville mole removal is provided throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for commercial accounts.
Facts About Moles and Voles in Virginia
All moles can be damaging, but the Eastern mole is by far the most widespread and is widely found in our area. It is better described as the common or grey mole. This mole is the strongest of the group and is most often associated with the tunnels and mounds found by property owners. Eastern moles are active year-round and do not hibernate. Since moles don’t hibernate they can cause severe lawn damage until the lawn surface freezes in winter. Cold temperatures will force the mole to burrow deeper, generally below the frost line, in order to find food and warmer temperatures. At this point in time you may think the moles have left the area – but they haven’t. Moles generally have one to two litters per year with an average of three to five young per litter. Some moles will mate in late winter depending on the weather, but the peak mating season is in the spring. At this time you will notice an increase in activity, usually during February and March, when the males are seeking females. The gestation period is approximately six weeks. Newborn moles grow very rapidly and are generally weaned after four weeks. At this time the young are chased away from the immediate area and will seek out their own territory – sometimes using the abandoned tunnels of other moles. At this time you will see a “second wave” of new activity as they begin tunneling as well. The young females will mate the following spring and the cycle begins all over again. As the summer heat drys out the ground, the temperature and moisture changes will make the mole’s food sources go deeper in search of cooler temps and moisture rich soil. Likewise the moles will follow their food source and once again you may see less activity – but don’t think they have left. A good rain that softens up the soil will usually make them resurface again as they follow their food source back to the top.- The tunnel system consists of surface tunnels, main tunnels and nesting areas. The surface tunnels are the ones you find on the lawn surface. This tunnel is created when the mole is foraging for food and may never be used again. The main tunnel or “run” is a lengthy tunnel that takes the mole to different parts of it’s territory and is deeper than the surface tunnel. These tunnels can be hundreds of feet long and may extend over a few acres. There are also tunnels that lead to nesting areas as well.- Moles are not rodents as some believe, but belong to a group of mammals called insectivores. Moles have a high metabolic rate and must consume large amounts of foods – sometimes eating up to 2/3 or more of their body weight each day. A mole’s diet includes ground invertebrates such as grubs, millipedes and ants with the mole’s primary food source being earthworms. Rich, moist soil and compost attract earthworms and other insects and this is one reason why moles “zone in” and wreak havoc on lush fertilized flower beds or gardens. Likewise, a mole will take the path of least resistance preferring to feed and tunnel through loose soil as compared to that which is hard and dried out.- Moles are well adapted to living underground and some are somewhat aquatic. Moles are very strong and have large, pan-shaped hands with long claws that allow them to dig and move through loose soil quickly and easily sometimes tunneling up to 100’ per day! Some experts state that “pound for pound” a mole has 40 times the strength of a human! They can also travel or “swim” both forward or backwards at up to 80′ per minute. Some moles may reach 6″ -10″ long depending on the species but most of the ones in this area are smaller depending on gender and age. Moles do have eyes, but since they are of little use underground, they remain concealed, generally only differentiating between day and night. Moles also have very sensitive ears and since sound travels better though soil than air a large external ear is not needed. This extreme sense of hearing actually allows them to hear the movement of insects in the soil. And yes…moles do have teeth – although very small ones at that. They do not have lower incisors so they don’t really bite off their food like a rodent. (This is the main reason poison baits are somewhat ineffective).- Moles are somewhat territorial and mark their area with their scent. Young moles may travel some distance to form a territory of their own as well or may just use abandoned tunnels. Moles will also migrate to different parts of their territory as they deplete their immediate food source but usually only for a short time.- The vole, more commonly referred to as a “field mouse”, prefers to feed on seeds, bulbs, tender roots and even new bark. A vole can eat up to up to double its weight every day and can cause extensive damage to flower beds, ornamental shrubs, trees and more. Voles, like the typical mouse, can reproduce very quickly – sometimes producing 50-100 offspring per year. Voles will often use the mole tunnels for traveling and at times you may find numerous holes, generally 1-2″ in diameter, where the voles have created openings. Some describe the vole as looking like a “mini muskrat”.- These same tunnels can also be used by shrews and snakes as each will feed on moles or voles. Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia mole removal should be left to experts in mole control.
Methods of Mole Control in Virginia
Research shows, and experts agree, that trapping is the most effective way to eliminate moles. VIRGINIA PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE REMOVAL SERVICES, LLC uses specially designed traps that are highly effective and dispatch the mole quickly and humanely. There are many types of funky contraptions, electronic repellers, and even explosive devices that are being marketed as that “easy” and “sure-fire” method of getting rid of moles. However, sonic devices, flooding, gassing, chewing gum, human hair, razor blades, castor oil and other homemade remedies simply do not work. Likewise, toxic baits are dangerous and may create secondary poisoning problems with other wildlife or even your own precious pets. As a matter of fact a manufacturer of “poison worms” is now manufacturing a mole trap! Hmmm…something wrong with that picture! Please be aware that electronic mole repellers simply do not work. There have been many contraptions made over the years and the Federal Trade Commission has pursued and addressed the claims made by the manufacturer or distributors of these items. There are many “claims” but no scientific evidence that these repellers work. There have been many times that I have set traps next to the devices and captured moles. Take my advice – don’t waste your money! Leave your Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia mole removal to our specially trained experts. We also recommend that once the moles have been removed that you consider an annual mole maintenance plan. Contact us for Virginia mole removal and trapping at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 or visit us on the web at www.virginiaprofessionalwildliferemovalservices.com