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Seeing ugly holes and tunnels across your lawn can be a headache for homeowners and businesses and can ruin thousands of dollars in landscaping. Moles, voles, and other underground creatures can wreak havoc on lawns and they can be difficult to treat on your own. Even when you hire a commercial business to get rid of your mole infestation, how do you know their remedies will work? What is the scoop on commercial solutions for getting rid of moles once and for all?
Common Commercial Mole Extermination Remedies
Many commercial mole extermination companies will use a variety of methods to rid your lawn of moles and prevent further damage from occurring. But do these remedies actually work and how can you be sure they've taken care of the problem? Before choosing a mole extermination company that's right for you, let's examine the various commercial remedies for getting rid of moles.
1. Poisonous Nuts/Seeds
One popular commercial remedy is using poisonous nuts and seeds to kill moles underground. Unfortunately, this rarely works because it relies on moles eating the toxic nuts and seeds. Moles have an extensive tunnel system and usually eat earthworms and grubs as their primary food source, not nuts and seeds. In addition, using poison is an inhumane form of pest control and not effective in eradicating the problem.
2. Smoke Bombs
Another popular commercial remedy is to use smoke bombs in the holes to kill the moles with poisonous gases. Moles have many deep tunnel systems and they can easily outdig poisonous gases. They can block their tunnels in as little as 2-3 seconds, making this an ineffective solution.
3. Sonic Noisemakers
Some commercial mole removal solutions rely on sonic noisemakers. Manufacturers claim that the sonic noise is distressing to moles and will cause them to flee your yard. While this may be slightly true, it is more likely that moles will tunnel deeper or eventually get used to the noise. It may be sufficient for a short period, such as 2-3 days, but it is not an ideal long-term solution.
Another commercial remedy uses insecticides to make earthworms and grubs taste bitter and unacceptable as a food source for moles. Since moles must eat their body weight in worms and grubs every single day, this can be an effective solution for some homeowners.
However, it comes at a steep price. These repellants must be applied every 3-4 weeks and only after heavy rains. 20-30 applications are usually required for a home with a mole problem and at a price of $20 per application it is often cost prohibitive for many homeowners. Plus, in the Pacific Northwest, only the months of July, August, and September are without heavy rain.
5. Talpirid Bait
One common commercial remedy is to drop poisonous worms into the mole tunnels and hope that the moles consume them. Like all poisons, this is an inhumane approach to pest control because it is essentially death by hemorrhaging. It also carries the most risk of secondary poisoning as well and can affect pets and other animals in the area.
Mole traps are another popular commercial remedy. Trapping moles is the most effective way to get rid of moles once and for all. It is also the most humane way of dealing with pest control and reduces the risk of further complications. However, moles can be difficult to trap. That's why it is essential to contact an experienced and skilled removal expert.
Think You have a Mole Problem? We Can Help!
At Mole Patrol, our experienced and trained technicians know how to get rid of moles once and for all. We use our expertise to eradicate mole problems quickly so that you can repair the damage done to your property efficiently. Moles are difficult to control in the Pacific Northwest and not all companies know the commercial remedies that work best.
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.