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What do moles eat in the garden?

Numerous pests can invade your home yard leading to mild and sometimes severe damage to your beautiful landscapes and lawns. In this post, we will get an insight into what moles eat in the garden, wild, or winter.

Moles are not only known to do this but they will do a perfect job of destroying these green layered lawns if left unattended for long periods.

Being the insectivores’ kind of species, they mostly choose feed on insects found crawling or lying around the landscapes and backyards. More often than not, moles are commonly confused with similar rodents like the voles and mice.

The body length varies from 6-8 inches long, having a soft brown to dark grey body hair(fur) and a long snout that protrudes about an inch.

The most unique feature of the moles, nevertheless, is their overgrown front feet that encompass paddle-shaped hands and large, sharp claws.

Moles are very good in hiding and one can never actually see them since they spend most of their time underground only making rare above ground appearances, but you are bound to notice the damages left after they wake up.

Almanacs, lawns, and botanical gardens are mostly victims of mole infestation; however, these are not their targets. The damages experienced do not occur as a result of the moles feeding on the plants and grass, but rather these damages happen because the moles dig and forage for their food.

Moles love earthworms, snails, grubs, spiders, and other small animals and insects. Since moles need a lot of energy, they eat more than their one-pound weight in food per day.

One of the most noticeable signs of a mole infestation is the mole mound that is created as a result of the moles tunneling under the lawn or garden creating nesting burrows and pathways that leads to their source of food.

The mounds might be only a few inches high; however, this is just but the tip of the iceberg. Even though the tunnels are created under the ground, within a short time, they will appear above the ground and become visible on your lawn.

These tunnels lead to the damage of the plants and grassroots and eventually, these plants will die. Moles will use these feeding tunnels until the food source is exhausted and they will go ahead and create new tunnels where more food is to be sourced. With this trend, the damage will often become severe within a short amount of time.

Moles only build two types of tunnels; a permanent tunnel that is rather deep and unnoticeable from the surface. Its nest, located in these permanent tunnels, maybe 1 to 2 feet deep. Within these tunnels, the mole will be active all year-round.

A shallow feeding mole, sometimes used only once, is a major cause of concern to most gardeners.

 

If you are faced with an intricate series of tunnels, it perhaps does not mean you have more than one mole, just a very active runway builder. Most species of moles are not sociable. In fact, they are highly regional and will fight to the death of other moles attempting to enter their own burrow system.

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