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How Do I Master Lawn Mole Control?

Are moles mangling your manicured lawn? According to Home Advisor, homeowners spend an average of $3,394 yearly on landscaping. One lone mole can undo months of labor and thousands of dollars of care lavished on your yard. Lawn mole control becomes a necessity, not an option. Why are moles so destructive, and how does a homeowner master lawn mole control?

Those Maddening Moles

Often assumed to be rodents, moles are actually insectivores and are related to shrews. They are solitary mammals that interact only to breed. Mole litters are born in March or early April, and usually consist of three to five young. (Here in St. Louis, we also have litters born in August.) Adult moles range from five to eight inches in length and have fur that is brown or dark gray. Their noses and tails are pink. While possessing no functioning eyes, moles are still sensitive to light. They are built to be digging machines: Their broad, shovel-shaped feet have five toes and sharp, thick claws, which make moles very efficient burrowers. Because of their underground seclusion (coming to the surface rarely, and usually by accident) they have few natural predators.

Moles eat from 70 to 100 percent of their weight every day. The enormous amount of energy expended in plowing through your soil necessitates a correspondingly large volume of food to supply that energy. Because of their food requirements, moles must cover a larger area than do most animals that live underground–and that larger area translates to more of your yard being destroyed!

Molehills and shallow tunnels are the ruinous results of moles taking up residence in your yard. Molehills are circular mounds of dirt which surround vertical shafts. Molehills usually have round ripple marks made by each new load of soil as it is pushed to the surface. Shallow tunnels create a convex surface that makes lawn mowing difficult. A single mole can dig up to 100 feet of tunnels a day. These raised-surface tunnels can cause brown lines in a lawn when grass roots are damaged by burrowing activity or by exposure to air. Seeing the large expanse of damage, it is logical to assume there is an army of moles destroying your yard. In actuality, three to five moles per acre is considered a high population for most areas. But even so small a number can be elusive deep beneath the surface of your lawn.

Lawn Mole Control

According to Consumer Reports, trapping is the most successful method to rid your yard of moles. A trap gives you the peace of mind to confirm that each mole is gone. While different variations of traps do exist, the form that consistently yields the highest results is a spear trap. Spear traps are set on the freshest tunnels to increase the likelihood of a quick catch.

Some homeowners mistakenly believe that treating their grounds for grubs will drive away moles. Because grubs make up a very tiny percentage of a mole’s diet, treating for grubs will actually have no impact on the moles in your yard. They will still have plenty to eat.

The Holper Difference

Not every pest company gets to boast that they have “The Mole Hunter” as their president, but we do! Because of the expertise imparted to every technician by Jeff Holper, aka “The Mole Hunter,” your lawn will benefit as your moles are added to the more than 50,000 moles already caught by Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.

Lawn mole control is our specialty! No matter what type of pest turns up in your yard, from buzzing bees to wobbling woodchucks to malevolent moles, the professionals at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions have your lawn solutions! Call Holper’s at 314-732-1413 to set up your appointment today for lawn mole control!

 

 

 

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Gopher or Mole? Who is Digging in My Yard?

Our lawns can become great sources of pride, as we often pour countless dollars and/or hours into their creation and maintenance. When our pride and joy shows signs of infestation by an unwanted critter, we want to declare war ASAP. The first step is determining who the culprit is. Often we get calls from homeowners thinking they have a gopher problem, when more likely than not their actual invader is a mole. How can you know what is causing the damage, and more importantly, how can Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions help you get rid of the nuisance? When you are looking for a St. Louis mole trapper, we are your experts for mole extermination!

What is damaging my yard?

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In Missouri, gophers are very, very rare. If you did have one, the signs you would see are mounds of dirt with no raised tunnel visible in your lawn and plants disappearing from the root. By sight, a gopher is about six to eight inches in body length, with a one to two inch tail. Their fur color is a brown that closely matches the color of the soil they live in. They are most easily identified by their large cheek pouches.

Very plentiful in Missouri is the eastern mole. Look for a raised-surface tunnel system crossing your lawn. When digging these tunnels, moles can damage the roots of your grass, causing brown areas in your yard. The greatest obvious damage is the unsightly appearance these tunnels give your lawn, which for many homeowners is a significant investment as part of their landscaping. By sight, adult moles range from five to eight inches in length and have fur that is brown or dark gray. Their noses and tails are pink.  While possessing no functioning eyes, moles are still sensitive to light. Moles have an acute sense of touch thanks to sensory bumps on their snouts, sensory whiskers on their faces, and sensory hairs on both their feet and their tails. They are built to be digging machines: Their broad, shovel-shaped feet have five toes and sharp, thick claws, which make moles very efficient burrowers.

How to Defeat the Enemy of Your Lawn: Moles

According to Consumer Reports, trapping is the most successful method to rid your yard of moles. A trap gives you the peace of mind to confirm that each mole is gone. While different variations of traps do exist, the form that consistently yields the highest results is a spear trap. Spear traps are set on the freshest tunnels to increase the likelihood of a quick catch.

(Some homeowners mistakenly believe that treating their grounds for grubs will drive away moles. Because grubs only make up a very tiny percentage of a mole’s diet, treating for grubs will actually have no impact on the moles in your yard. They will still have plenty to eat.)

Let the Best Serve You

Not every pest company gets to boast that they have “The Mole Hunter” as their president, but we do! Because of the mole extermination expertise imparted to every technician by Jeff Holper, aka “The Mole Hunter,” your lawn will benefit as your moles are added to the more than 50,000 moles already caught by  Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Call 314-732-1413 to see for yourself what a difference it makes to hire the mole extermination experts at Holper’s.

 

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Fall Mole Treatment: The Best Spring Mole Prevention

Those Maddening Moles

mole-damageMolehills and shallow tunnels are the ruinous results of moles taking up residence in your yard. Molehills are circular mounds of dirt which surround vertical shafts. Molehills usually have round ripple marks made by each new load of soil as it is pushed to the surface. Shallow tunnels create a convex surface that makes lawn mowing difficult. A single mole can dig up to 100 feet of tunnels a day. These raised-surface tunnels can cause brown lines in a lawn when grass roots are damaged by burrowing activity or by exposure to air. mole-yard-damageSeeing the large expanse of damage, it is logical to assume there is an army of moles destroying your yard. In actuality, three to five moles per acre is considered a high population for most areas. But even so small a number can be elusive deep beneath the surface of your lawn.

If you are seeing evidence of even a single mole at this time of year, address the issue immediately to head off a much bigger problem in the spring.

Fall Mole Treatment

During autumn, moles that were born in August have matured to the point that they move away from the mother and establish their own territories. To prevent bigger mole problems in the spring, it is important to catch these lawn dwellers at this stage of life, before they get the opportunity to breed in the spring. This is the time to trap your new yard invader.

According to Consumer Reports, trapping is the most successful method to rid your yard of moles. A trap gives you the peace of mind to confirm that each mole is gone. While different variations of traps do exist, the form that consistently yields the highest results is a spear trap. Spear traps are set on the freshest tunnels to increase the likelihood of a quick catch.

Some homeowners mistakenly believe that treating their grounds for grubs will drive away moles. Because grubs make up a very tiny percentage of a mole’s diet, treating for grubs will actually have no impact on the moles in your yard. They will still have plenty to eat.

Why Call Holper’s For Your Fall Mole Treatment?

Not every pest company gets to boast that they have “The Mole Hunter” as their president, but we do! Because of the expertise imparted to every technician by Jeff Holper, aka “The Mole Hunter,” your lawn will benefit as your moles are added to the more than 50,000 moles already caught by Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.

Call us today at 314-732-1413 and we will be happy to set up trapping service for your lawn as soon as possible. We can help with spring mole prevention!

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Spring Means Mole Problems – Are you Ready?

During winter in the St. Louis area, many homeowners who have moles in their yard notice a decline in the number of visible tunnels the animals create just beneath the lawn surface. The reason why is simple: Like so many animals and insects, moles have a lower activity level in cold weather. But when warm weather returns, they often seem to make up for lost time and create tunnel after ugly tunnel that makes a yard look more like an excavation site than a lawn.

Solving Mole Problems: What Works?

Because moles are such common pests, numerous strategies have been developed to keep them out of yards, and some of the tactics work better than others. Today, the most commonly used strategies for eliminating mole problems are: mole poison, grub killer, and kill traps for moles. Knowing which options work and which ones don’t is the first step toward being prepared to deal with spring mole problems, as it will help you avoid treatments that simply don’t work.

1. Mole Poison

Applying mole poison in the quantity that the manufacturer recommends may help you kill some moles, but it probably won’t eliminate all of them. The reason why is that pellets of mole poison are typically grain-based, and grain isn’t a part of a mole’s natural diet. Moles have exceptionally sensitive noses, and they can easily tell that poison pellets aren’t a part of their regular diet.

2. Grub Killer

Because grub worms are a part of a mole’s natural diet, the reasoning goes that, if you kill off the grubs in your lawn, you’ll also kill off the moles by starving them. The idea seems great at first glance, but it ignores an important fact: Moles receive most of their sustenance from eating earthworms and not grubs. So, killing grub worms in your lawn does not equate to killing moles.

3. Kill Traps

Kill traps are exactly what they sound like: Mechanical traps that instantly kill a mole when the creature travels under the device and triggers the release of its spring-loaded spikes. Kill traps may seem archaic; however, because they have nearly a 100 percent success rate, they are the best strategy for fighting mole problems. When a kill trap eliminates a mole, it both prevents the animal from making more tunnels and producing offspring that would also make more tunnels.

Schedule a Free Lawn Inspection

Now that you know the best strategy for nipping spring mole problems in the bud, it’s time to schedule a free inspection of your lawn with a pest control company that uses kill traps, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. We have many years of experience treating mole problems and have seen firsthand that kill traps are the fastest, most efficacious, most economical way to eliminate moles, regardless of how extensively the varmints have invaded a yard.

To schedule a free inspection of your lawn and learn the specifics of our mole elimination strategy, please call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to helping you beautify your yard for spring and summer!

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Mole Services: When to Call a Professional Exterminator

When you first moved into your home, you may remember the front and back yard looking exceptionally pristine. Fast forward to today, and those areas may be filled with mole tunnels that create ugly upwellings of mud, as the critters travel just beneath the lawn surface. What happened between then and now? Depending on how eager the sellers were to liquidate the home, they may have invested in professional mole services to make the lawn look nice.

When to Call an Exterminator
Because most homeowners take pride in owning residences they worked hard to buy, they are often interested in putting “sweat equity” into their homes in order to improve them. For some projects, such as drywall installation and replacing light fixtures, doing the job on your own helps save money, without taking you too far outside of your abilities as a residential handyman.

However, trying to handle a mole infestation is much different than performing standard handyman projects. Consequently, it’s good to know when do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions are not working and the assistance of a provider of mole services is needed. Before are five common examples of DIY mole removal solutions that typically don’t work very well for large infestations.

  1. Poison pellets – Moles tend to dislike them because the pellets are grain-based.
  2. Toxic fumes – Tunnel systems are too broad, deep, and open-ended for this strategy.
  3. Grub removal – Moles feed primarily on earthworms and not on grub worms.
  4. Blocking tunnels – Moles will simply make new tunnels that avoid the obstacle.
  5. Firing bullets – Most moles can’t be seen, which makes this strategy ineffective.

If you’ve tried any of these DIY methods or other DIY solutions to kill moles in your lawn, and you haven’t noticed a major change in the quality of the yard surface, it’s time to schedule a free inspection with an exterminator that specializes in providing mole services, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. We have years of experience in helping homeowners get rid of obnoxious yard moles, and we’ll help you remove unsightly mole tunnels from your yard, too.

Schedule an Inspection Today
If the yard that surrounds your home looks as if it’s been overtaken by a mole colony, you don’t have to deal with the unsightliness of the muddy upwellings that moles create as they travel through the tunnel system near the yard surface. Instead, you can call Holper’s Pest & Animal Control Solutions at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com, to schedule a free, thorough inspection of your lawn and learn which mole services would serve you best.

At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we use specially designed kill traps to kill moles and remove them from your yard for good. Unlike using poison pellets, toxic fumes, grub removal, or tunnel blockages, getting rid of moles with kill traps is the only way to make sure they are truly gone. After inspecting your lawn, we will deploy kill traps in locations that get best results.

To learn more about our professional mole services, contact us today. The appointment is free!

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Four Signs That You Need a Professional Mole Exterminator

By the time that most people decide to do something about the ugly mole tunnels in their yard, the animals that create the unsightly ground swellings are already well-established beneath the yard surface. While it is technically possible for property owners to resolve a mole problem on their own, hiring a mole exterminator is typically the fastest, most cost effective option. It should also be considered the one and only option if you experience any of the following situations.

  • DIY Solutions Aren’t Working

The do-it-yourself (DIY) pest extermination industry rakes in billions of dollars annually from the sale of various products that allow homeowners to take the extermination process into their own hands. However, when the presence of a pest is prolifiZ7DITIolutions start to lose their effectiveness, which necessitates calling in a professional.

  • The Problem is too Costly to Manage

DIY mole solutions may cost less on the store shelf than hiring a mole exterminator, but the relative ineffectiveness of the products means that you need to keep applying them to manage a mole population that never completely disappears. Before you know it, you will have poured thousands of dollars into your mole problem, with no end in sight. Hiring a mole exterminator may be more expensive than a DIY solution, but it yields fast, lasting results the first time around.

  • Your Property is Losing Curb Appeal

Unlike some pests, such as termites and wood bores, moles will not damage your home, but they can make the yard that surrounds it look worse for the wear. If you are planning to put your house on the market, or you live in a private, association-governed community that requires you

 

to keep your yard in pristine condition at all times, now is the time to call a professional mole exterminator. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to eradicate the growing mole problem.

  1. Other Animals are Digging for Moles

Mole tunnels make a yard look unsightly enough, but they can contribute to an even greater degree of unsightliness, as mole predators invade the lawn to dig the creatures out of their tunnels. Foxes, coyotes, weasels, snakes, and dogs are known to hunt yard moles, and further damage the appearance of the lawn in the process. In the end, having a professional mole exterminator fix your mole problem prevents other types of animal problems around your home.

Is it Time to Call a Mole Exterminator?                                                     

If you experience any of the situations listed above, the answer is almost certainly yes. If you

are looking for a mole exterminator who has over 30 years of experience eliminating mole problems, Ho!per’s Pest & Animal Solutions is the company to call. We will deploy special traps that are designed to kill moles quickly, and work with you to do so for a price that fits your budget. Unlike other companies who just set traps and leave them, we monitor our traps. We charge an initial set up fee, but after that your payment is based upon our performance. Our service is such that you pay for the moles that are killed.

For more information about our mole extermination services, or to schedule a free inspection of your lawn, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at infoholperspest.com. We look forward to helping you make your yard look smooth and green instead of mole infested!

 

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Mole Solutions: Kill Traps Versus Mole Poison

If only moles understood how bad they make your yard look, they might stick to borrowing deep underground instead of burrowing near the surface, too. However, unless you live in a Disney movie, where you have the power to talk with animals, the ugly, winding mole tunnels in your yard will not go away without the professional implementation of a mole control strategy.

For many property owners, getting rid of moles comes down to using of one of two mole solutions: kill traps or mole poison. Based on our many years of experience in applying different mole solutions, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has found that using kill traps is a better method of mole elimination than using mole poison. Below are four major reasons why.

  1. Kill Traps Are More Humane

You read it right: Kill traps are more humane than poison. Instead of forcing moles to endure the slow agony of perishing by poison, kill traps kill the animals almost instantly. If you have a mole infestation, and you are concerned about treating animals humanely, using kill traps is the best solution.

  1. Kill Traps Always Do the Job

One of the lesser known facts about mole poison is that much of it is grain-based. Because the diet of moles consists primarily of earthworms and other ground dwelling organisms, they often fail to consume enough poison to kill them, if they consume any of it at all. Conversely, as long as they are implemented correctly, kill traps work 100 percent of the time for killing yard moles.

  1. Kill Traps Quantify Results

One of the biggest challenges of using poison is determining how many moles you have killed. Did a mole eat the poison and go deeper in its tunnels to die, or did several moles nibble on the poison and not consume enough to kill them? It is impossible to tell. When a trap deploys, on the other hand, you know that a dead mole is under it, which makes it easier to quantify results.

  1. Kill Traps are Cost Effective

Both mole poison and kill traps are economical mole solutions. However, considering that traps work 100 percent of the time, whereas mole poison often requires several applications to achieve even a small measure of success, using kill traps is typically the most cost effective option in the long run. No chemical attractants or special food is used, just the kill traps alone.

Searching for Mole Solutions?

If so, you may be trying to decide whether to use kill traps or mole poison to exterminate moles in your yard. In our experience, the former option works best for the reasons listed above, among others. For more information about how kill traps compare to other mole solutions, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to eliminating your mole problem, and helping you restore your yard to how it looked before moles invaded.

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Mole Services: Six Mole Control Methods That Simply Don’t Work

Most homeowners would like to save money on grounds maintenance in any way they can, but when it comes mole services for mole extermination, the old saying that “you get what you pay for” definitely applies. As spring heads into summer, many homeowners will try to save money by using amateur mole control methods that are not scientifically-based, and simply don’t work.

If you are thinking about using any of the mole extermination methods below, don’t waste your time and money on amateur solutions whose effectiveness is purely anecdotal. Instead, contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. We deploy mole control solutions that, unlike the options below, kill moles quickly, and put an end to those ugly tunnels that snake through your lawn.

Poison Mole Bait
What could be ineffective about poison bait that’s designed to kill moles? A lot, as it turns out. While poison mole bait will indeed kill moles if they consume it, the hard part is getting them to eat the product. Most mole bait is grain-based, and grain isn’t a natural part of a mole’s diet. In fact, moles lack the teeth needed to effectively gnaw through the bait and access the poison.

Chewing Gum
Chewing gum has long been touted as a mole killer. The idea is that moles will eat the gum, be unable to digest it, and thus die. While this strategy sounds plausible from a gastronomic perspective, the chance that moles will actually eat the gum is unlikely. Their highly sensitive noses guide them to their natural food sources, and chewing gum is not on the menu.

Grub Worm Elimination
They may not eat chewing gum, but moles will definitely accept a meal of grub worms. Consequently, grub worm pesticide is often promoted as a way to get rid of moles. Ridding your yard of grub worms may make it harder for moles to find food, but it would not make them go hungry. Moles primarily feed on earthworms, so using this strategy is ultimately ineffective.

Vehicle Exhaust
Of all the ineffective mole extermination strategies, this one is probably the wackiest. The reasoning goes that, if you pipe toxic exhaust fumes into a mole tunnel, it will eventually fill the entire tunnel network, and kill moles by depriving them of oxygen. However, in order for the strategy to work well, the tunnel system would need to be sealed almost airtight, which it isn’t.

Furthermore, because the tiny particles in vehicle exhaust tend to make it sink instead of rise, moles dwelling near the surface would be able to make a relatively quick getaway. Despite being sluggish creatures on land, moles can move quite quickly underground, even as they form new tunnels. Vehicle exhaust that slowly wafts through mole tunnels won’t eliminate a mole problem.

Collapsing Visible Mole Tunnels
If you collapse the mole tunnels in your lawn, moles will eventually have nowhere to go, right? Wrong. To the casual observer, it may seem as if moles live just under the lawn surface. In reality, their tunnels run much deeper than this. If you collapse visible mole tunnels, moles will just retreat deeper underground, and soon resume making the tunnels that you just collapsed.

 

Firearms and Explosives
If the other strategies in this list don’t work, why not play hardball and combat moles with bullets and bombs? As you might suspect, this tactic is more psychologically satisfying than it is physically efficacious. Considering that you would need to use legal explosives, you won’t get much bang for your buck if you try to bomb moles, and shooting at them isn’t much better.

Killing even a single mole can make a homeowner feel victorious, hence the satisfaction of gunning down a mole that moves just beneath the lawn. The problem, of course, is that moles you would shoot would need to be close to the surface. You can’t aim at something you can’t see, including moles in deep tunnels. So, save your ammo a call a mole services exterminator.

Need Mole Services to Kill Moles?
If so, don’t waste your precious time and hard earned money on mole elimination strategies that simply don’t work. Instead, solve your mole problem quickly by putting your money behind a solution that actually works: mole services from Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.

Our mole services specialists understand precisely how moles operate in their natural environment. This allows us to deploy our proprietary mole traps in an arrangement that eliminates moles quickly and, unlike many of the strategies above, involves no guesswork.

To schedule a free lawn inspection by one of our mole service specialists, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or refer to the contact page on our website. We look forward to helping you beautify your lawn by getting rid of those unsightly mole tunnels and the critters that create them!

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Ft. Wayne Home & Garden Show

If you’re from Ft. Wayne and have a mole problem, you’re in for a treat. Jeff Holper – the internationally famous Molehunter – is making an appearance at the Ft. Wayne Home & Garden Show! Jeff is a featured speaker and will be conducting a number of seminars and live appearances on CBS, NBC, and WAJI Radio!

The Molehunter has killed over 18,000 moles and will be speaking about an arsenal of solutions ranging from Totally Organic to Slightly Manic. He’s tried everything under the sun and he will tell you what works – why, where, and when. If you want to learn how to kill a mole then you can’t miss an appearance by the Molehunter. Jeff’s mission is to help the human race reclaim its lawn space!

You can catch the Molehunter all weekend long on the Garden Gallery Stage:

  • Thursday and Friday at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm
  • Saturday at 11am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
  • Sunday at 12pm and 2pm

Jeff “the Molehunter” Holper will also be making live radio and TV appearances throughout the weekend:

  • Thursday 12:20 PM at the WANE booth inside exhibit hall at the Coliseum (WANE-TV/15 CBS)
  • Thursday 12:30 PM at the WISE booth inside exhibit hall at the Coliseum (WISE-TV/33 NBC)
  • Thursday 3:20 PM in the Coliseum lobby with WAJI Radio
  • Friday 6:15 PM at the WANE booth inside exhibit hall at the Coliseum (WANE-TV/15 CBS)
  • Saturday 8:00 AM at the WANE-TV studio

Finally, be sure to check out the National Molehunters Association – an organization founded by operated by the Molehunter himself! Even though Jeff is based in St. Louis, you can stay connected with the Molehunter long after the Ft. Wayne Home & Garden Show through the NMHA!