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?



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.