Moles are a common wildlife pest in Missouri, especially during the spring months. Moles are environmentally beneficial for their tunneling activities that enable air and moisture to penetrate deep soil layers, but their tunneling can also cause damage to lawns, golf courses and cemeteries.
Typically a mole problem is caused by one or two moles doing a considerable amount of damage, and the Wildlife Code of Missouri states that moles causing damage may be trapped or shot to prevent any further damage. (See 3 CSR 10-4.130 for details and restrictions).
How to tell if you may have a mole:
- 1. Dirt Mounds: Look for piles or puffs of dirt shaped like miniature volcanoes.
- 2. Surface Tunnels: If your yard suddenly looks as though it has veins, you probably have a mole problem.
A professional should be called in order to eradicate a mole problem. Trapping is the most effective and efficient way to remove a mole or moles from your territory, and shooting is neither safe nor practical, especially in residential areas.
For more information on moles check out our great blog Moles in Missouri.