Trapper Ron Baker
Moles more than any other animal can cause visual heartaches for
homeowners. As a homeowner, I personally know the frustration of
seeing ugly veins over my own lawn. Moles can quickly decimate a
beautifully manicured lawn.
Over the years we have tried many different resolutions including
trapping, grub treatments and poisons. Ten percent of our overall
business is attributed to this frustrating animal. We have designed an
approach using several techniques that allow us to be very successful at
solving mole problems. Most of the techniques we use require an
intensive knowledge of the mole.
Most moles never really come to the surface, although they do leave
their signs in the form of tunnels and mounds. This damage is created in
a mole’s relentless pursuit of food...primarily earthworms.
Moles are insectivores, obtaining essentially all of their dietary needs
from these creatures. In the process of hunting, moles can tunnel up to
100 feet per day, causing extensive lawn and landscape damage.
Moles have an incredibly high metabolism. This means they
have an insatiable appetite and are always on the lookout for food.
They Consume 80% to 100% of their body weight every day.
Mole do not hibernate and are active year-round.
Moles live their lives underground, rarely coming to the surface.
Life span - 2 to 3 years
Moles can create up to 100 feet of new tunnels each day.
Moles are anti-social and do not coexist in the same tunnel
For the most part, mole activity is directly proportional to the availability
of its food source, primarily earthworms. Thus, the timing, severity and
location of this activity is directly influenced by those factors affecting
the abundance of earthworms. These factors include both environments
conditions, as well as, topographical variations.
Since moles follow their food source, they seem to disappear if worms
move to other areas. This is especially true during very dry conditions.
During these times worms will go deeper in the soil following moisture.
Correspondingly, mole will follow deeper underground. This can give
the impression that a mole has left the area. But as soon as the soil
conditions change, they will return to their tunnel systems as long as the
Properties adjacent to wooded areas, fields and other fertile hunting
grounds are susceptible to “reoccupation”. “Reoccupation” occurs when
a new mole moves into an area that has become inactive.
Hopefully you don’t have a mole problem this year, but if you do, just
remember Trapper Ron is here to help.
As always, anytime you require a professional trapper, make sure they
are licensed with the Michigan Department of Natural Resource and
insured. Cost varies greatly so do your homework and call several
trappers and compare pricing for the services offered.
Ron Baker is the owner of Trapper Rons Humane Animal Removal &
Relocation Services located in Farmington Hills. He assists homeowners
and business with all wildlife nuisance issues in Farmington and
surrounding cities. He can be reached at (248) 426-0036.
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