For over 30 years our owner and founder of Mole Masters, Nick, has become the expert in the mole business. He’s heard most every question there is and we're going to share the best ones here for you!
Nick: Moles are isolationist, so the average person only has one mole in their yard doing the damage. The real questions are how many relatives does the mole have in the area and how big the property is. The bigger the property, the higher the chance for more moles. This is where our Estimate Tool comes in handy, or even better, call one of our experts in the office.
Nick: It has to do with the food source. Generally speaking, the nicer the yard, the bigger and better the food supply. Once a mole finds a good food source, they’ll usually build a den in the area which will increase odds of getting more moles back in the future.
Nick: Unfortunately, yes. When a mole is removed from its home, it’s like a house sitting there with a “Free Rent” sign out front. Other moles nearby will love this and often move in.
Nick: Yes. We safeguard with hard plastic covers and stake them down for your protection. In 30 years of business, we can confidently say that this is the safest method available.
Nick: The sprays are meant to taint or kill the moles’ food source, but they don’t stop earthworms. Earthworms are a majority of the mole’s diet and very important to our ecosystems. This is why sprays don’t work in a healthy, cared-for yard.
Nick: No, but they can damage your plants! Because their food source is so close to plant roots, their tunnels will often damage plants. Their tunnels can also be used to let other rodents in that may eat the roots of your plants as well. Once the mole is gone, use your feet to compress the soil around the plant and water it well.
Nick: Yes, me! Other predators include animals that might be lucky enough to catch one above ground or are able to dig them up quickly enough. Some of the most common predators for moles are owls, hawks, coyotes, and even sometimes a good cat or dog. Their number one predators are coyotes and humans.
Nick: We consider most of these to be short-term deterrents. In our business, we hear story after story of these products being used first before they call us out to actually fix the problem.
Nick: Moles have an extremely sensitive sense of smell, so most of these products are ineffective. Every once in a while they might work (and it’s hard to verify if a mole has died or simply left the area temporarily), but many of our customers have tried all these products before calling us out.
Nick: Well, yes and no. Most moles are blind, but in the Pacific Northwest, they actually do have limited eyesight. I've personally caught live moles over the years here in the northwest, and can vouch for the fact that they can see for at least a short distance.
Nick: Good question! From what I understand through my research is that we're not quite sure. This is due to the fact that moles don't live well in captivity. What we do know is that over years of eating, their teeth grind down and the mole will actually die from starvation versus old age. Amazing, I know.
Nick: They breed once a year, around springtime between April and May. Their litters usually consist of one to four, but the average is two.
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