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A Mole Epidemic

There’s nothing I dislike more than gross bugs or small creepy-looking creatures. Bats scare me with their cartoonish, grotesque features. And armadillos, with their sickly shells, have always made me afraid. However, after buying my first home, I found another animal to fear. And this animal strikes fear for a lot of different reasons.

Moles are small little mammals that dig through dirt and create tunnels. They eat worms and nuts and are constantly hungry. They only eat worms and other similar creatures, as well as nuts. But they mess up lawns through their tunnels and generally chaotic behavior. And they are ugly!

So I have lots of reasons to dislike them. And then I found out what moles do to lawns and plants. See, I have a huge green thumb. I love gardening and I love cultivating beautiful plants with gorgeous blooms or delicious fruits. Apparently, moles can destroy gardens and plants with their tunnels and dirt digging. They create volcano-like molehills that can ruin the aesthetic of your grass.

And worse, while moles don’t actively eat plants or gardens, their tunnels can be used by other animals that do actively eat plants. The other animals just use the holes already dug up, pretty effectively, by moles.

Apparently, moles are pretty common in our area. My sister also lives in Chesterfield and she’s heard tons of horror stories. They dig day and night and it can be difficult to determine which tunnels or nests are currently being used by moles, so I wouldn’t even know where to start to solve the problem were it to happen.

I was getting pretty anxious that my new home would become a victim to a mole problem so I proactively reached out to my friends and family to see if there was a company that handled mole infestation problems. The one company continually referenced was Midwest Lawn Co. After hearing their name over and over again, I looked them up to find out that they were actually a lawn care company. But apparently they also handle mole issues that may impact your lawn, so I looked at their website.

On Midwest Lawn Co’s website, the steps to handle moles are pretty clearly outlined. To identify which mole tunnels or holes are active, you should flatten the mounds formed by molehills. The mounds that are reopened are the entry/exit to the tunnels that are actively being used by moles in your lawn. After that, the next step is to determine the lengths you are willing to go to remove the problem.

See, some options include gases or poisons that will kill the mole. Other options include fatal traps. I’m a pretty non-violent guy, so I think I would prefer a trap that keeps the mole alive but still handles the issue of moles that would impact my garden.

Of course, I may be handier than most but I’m still not a professional. It’s more likely that if I were to get moles in my lawn or property, I would probably just call Midwest Lawn Co to take care of it.