The difference between mole and vole damage is very noticeable, mole have raised tunnels in the lawn and vole have open trench like paths in your lawn. The tunnels they create are mostly used for worm traps, much like a web for spiders. Mole can go unnoticed in a yard until a good rain brings them to the surface in search of food. Much like all other rodents mole will migrate from other areas in search of food and new territory. During drought moles will stay deep under ground where moisture is highest for night crawlers and other insects. large mounds of fresh turned soil will indicate the mole going deeper into the ground. Breeding season for a mole depends on species but is generally February through May. Males search for females by letting out high-pitched squeals and tunneling through foreign areas.
Molehills are waste material which come from digging or repairing burrows, and so are usually found where the animal is establishing new burrows, or where existing ones are damaged (for example by the weight of grazing livestock). Where moles burrow beneath the roots of trees or shrubs, the roots support the tunnel, and molehills are less common, and so even a dense population of the animals may be unnoticed in these places.
Molehills are often the only sign to indicate the presence of the animal and recording their presence may be the most reliable way to determine the number of moles in an area. Commonly they occur in lines along the route of the burrow, but in some cases they may not be directly above the burrow itself but at the ends of short side-tunnels. The mole runs vary in depth from surface runs only a few inches deep, to main runs, some 12 to 18 inches deep.
For a typical residential lot I run a trapping program similar to that of vole removal. As some lots will change in size so will pricing, I can give a base price over the phone that will include a set amount of time with a certain amount of days which usually starts a 5 day program. Pricing is based off of a hourly rate that will include travel time for the duration of the program with daily trap checks. All traps are checked daily, carcasses will be removed and taken with me, traps are reset until the completion of the program. In any basic program a dozen traps maybe used if not more, every tunnel is covered with one or more traps. Their is no guarantee as to how many will be caught or how many mole are using the tunnels but normally a 5 day program is enough to get rid of mole problems unless surrounding area dictates otherwise. The best time to trap moles is when the ground is moist like early spring. I can not see trapping in a yard that has been flooded or recently flooded by rain. When calling for mole removal give yourself the best chances for success so time and money are not wasted.
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