Moles can wreak havoc on your yard

An active mole run. / Photo by: Chad Douglas

The old arcade game whac-a-mole might have been fun to play, but if you've had moles, you know getting a real mole out of your yard isn't nearly as fun.

And for those of you who have moles, you'll be interested to know having the critters is a complement to your yard work.

A good, healthy lawn attracts earthworms and grubs.

Those worms and grubs work to keep your soil rich and your grass healthy.

But, favorite tasty treats for a guessed it, earthworms and grubs.

One of the best things about being a homeowner is you can have a nice yard. That is until a mole moves in. I checked with one of our home experts, Reliable Pest Solutions. They tell me they are one of the only pest control companies in the tri-states that can help you with that mole problem.

"You can't just spray your yard and get rid of moles. What you have to do with moles is kill them," says Gene Scholes with Reliable Pest Solutions.

Gene Scholes with Reliable Pest Solutions tells me mole control is not easy to do because it's very labor intensive. You have to find an active mole run and set up traps.

"We used to think we could kill off the earthworms and kill off the grubs, and we'd get rid of moles. In theory, that would work. But moles search all the time, so they might do just as much damage searching in your yard as the do feeding in your yard," says Scholes.

And a single mole can do a lot of damage. Some good news, moles typically work alone. In fact the only time they come together is when they mate. That's not to say, they won't cross paths every once in a while, but since they're blind, they don't know it. And if your yard is torn up, a mole might not be your problem. You could have a gopher or even a vole, which is also called a shrew.

"You'll see tunnel like looking things on top of the ground. You'll see strips of land in hap-hazard fashion that spider weds out a little bit," says Scholes.

Moles, voles, and gophers are all different animals that all eat different things, and all needed to be treated differently. Remember mole control is specific to moles only. Moles typically tunnel underground, and when they submerge, they leave a mound of dirt, and a lot of frustration.

We mentioned moles are very solitary animals, but voles aren't necessarily.

They live in close proximity to each other, you can have a small colony of voles.