FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Moles are solitary creatures that can cause significant damage to your lawn. They burrow down a foot deep in the soil, creating a system of underground tunnels and leave small, volcano-shaped mounds of dirt in your lawn.
Yes! One mole can create 15-25 mole hills on its own, so it is best to stop the problem before it gets to that point.
Moles make mounds in a yard. In addition, moles make surface tunnels (vein like raised areas) through the yard and bark dust.
No, we use traps and cover them up so they’re safe. Sometimes we’ll use smoke to get them out of tight places.
If you don’t get rid of the moles then the moles will continue to build an extensive tunnel system on your property and breed.
Moles mainly eat a variety of grubs, insects and worms.
The main reason that moles invade your yard is to search for food. Their primary food sources are earthworms, grubs, and lawn insects. Moles (as well as earthworms) like soft, damp earth, so avoid over-watering your lawn and keep it on the dry side to limit mole and earthworm activity.
In the late winter moles have a breeding cycle. This causes a surge of moles during the late spring and summer. In addition, the dry weather encourages moles to enter someone’s yard.
At Mole Trappers PDX we will trap the moles on your property, but there could be more moles on the outskirts. It really depends on where your property is located and how many moles are on the outskirts of your property. We offer monthly monitoring packages to help trap the moles before they enter your property.
A vole is more like a mouse than a mole or gopher. They do live underground but their presence is marked by open holes in the ground. A Gopher will make mounds like a mole but they tend to have a crescent shaped mound. A gopher usually lives in fields rather than someone’s yard. They will also leave large open holes in the ground. A mole is much more common than a gopher in the Portland, Oregon area.
We will show evidence of all of the moles that we trap unless we’re asked not to. You will also notice a stop or decrease of mole activity depending on how many moles you have.
It may seem like there has to be an army of moles to do the amount of damage you are seeing on your property. Surprisingly, one or two moles can do immense amounts of damage.
On average, moles grow to 4.4 to 6.25 inches (11.3 to 15.9 centimeters) long from snout to rump. Their tails add 1 to 1.6 inches (2.5 to 4 cm) of length. They typically weigh 2.5 to 4.5 ounces (72 to 128 grams), according to the Mammal Society. The American species is a little on the larger side.
Pocket gophers, commonly referred to as just gophers, are burrowing rodents of the family Geomyidae. There are about 35 species, all endemic to North and Central America. They are commonly known for their extensive tunneling activities and their ability to destroy farms and gardens.