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One of the most common homeowner misconceptions is that moles are a hibernating animal. This is far from the truth, yet it is still one of the most common questions we get asked.
Many homeowners believe that they can avoid dealing with their mole infestation during the winter months because of this myth. However, moles can continue to cause damage to your lawn and property even in the colder months.
So, why do so many people still believe that moles hibernate? There are several reasons why this misconception persists.
Why Do Homeowners Believe Moles Hibernate?
Winter is Often Wetter
Earthworms are a mole’s favorite food, and they tend to congregate in moist soil. During winter, the Pacific Northwest gets even rainier. This means that there is more land for earthworms to redistribute and more places moles must look for food. As a result, they may not frequent your lawn quite as much as they did in the warm and more arid summer months. When homeowners see less mole activity, they often believe that their mole infestation isn’t a problem. This is not true and they can still cause significant damage in the winter months.
Winter is Darker
In winter, it gets dark outside much earlier. Homeowners may leave for work in the dark and return home in the dark, making it more difficult to notice new mole activity, mounds, and veins as they spread across the lawn. During the weekends, it may be raining too hard for homeowners to walk around their property and observe for new signs of mole activity. Reduced visibility and adverse conditions may cause your mole problem to fall off of your radar and lull you into believing that your mole infestation is a thing of the past. When warmer weather rolls around, homeowners are often surprised to find out how much damage moles have done over the winter.
Damage may be Deeper
In the winter months, as the ground becomes colder and harder, moles may prefer to tunnel deeper underground in their search for food. As they dig underground, they are uprooting plants and causing damage to your foundation and landscaping. So while you may think your property is safe from moles during the winter, the truth is that the damage is just much deeper than you realize.
What Can You Do to Prevent Mole Damage in Winter?
Homeowners should continue to walk around their property once a week to observe for signs of mole activity. If you notice signs of mole activity, such as tunneling, mounds, or veining, be sure to call the Mole Patrol immediately to take care of the problem before they cause extensive damage. Even in the winter months, we can help you keep your lawn and property mole free.
Do You Have a Mole Problem? We Can Help!
At Mole Patrol, we know how destructive moles can be to lawns, landscaping, and property values. That’s why we work tirelessly to trap moles where they live and eliminate them so that you can repair the damage done to your property.
If you are dealing with a mole infestation in Seattle, Bellevue, Woodinville, Sammamish, Kirkland, or Redmond, call the Mole Patrol at 425.744.0371 or fill out our Request for Service form to get started with one of our Seattle area mole exterminators. We offer a 6-month limited warranty, waiving the set-up fee should another mole decide to move in again. Protect your property from these pests the right way - call the Mole Patrol.