As a pest control expert, one of the most frequent questions I receive is “How do I get rid of moles and shrews?”
If you have moles or shrews in your yard, it’s important to deal with the problem quickly. Both species can cause a great deal of damage, and the longer you leave them, the more they breed and multiply.
What kind of damage do moles and shrews do?
Moles create molehills, which damage your grass, mar the appearance of your yard, and can be a hazard for people and pets. Their tunnels also act as a shelter for other vermin, and the moles themselves can decimate the local population of beneficial soil-dwellers like earthworms.
Mole tunnels can damage crops and other plants by exposing and drying out their roots, and the mounds make it far more difficult to mow your lawn, because you’re forced to navigate an obstacle course of miniature mountains.
Shrews, meanwhile, will dig into trunks and roots when animal material is scarce, killing or damaging the trees or shrubs. Depending on the species, they can also harm a variety of animals, including pets, bees, birds, fish in hatcheries, and chipmunks.
Shrews can also make a nuisance of themselves by contaminating stored foods with feces and urine, driving birds away from bird feeders, and making incessant shrill chattering noises.
On top of all of that, the presence of pests and yard damage can reduce the value of your property, and impair your enjoyment of your home.
This problem won’t go away by itself. If you want your home to be safe and beautiful again, you need to take action.
What do moles and shrews look like?
Here’s how to identify moles and shrews:
Moles have cylindrical bodies, velvety fur, small hind limbs, and short, powerful forelimbs with large paws designed for digging. They also tend to have tapered snouts, thin tails, and inconspicuous ears and eyes.
Shrews have long, thin snouts, and spike-like teeth that look noticeably different from rodents’ front gnawing incisors. Most species of shrew are tiny, no larger than a mouse, and their eyes are very small.
How do you get rid of moles and shrews?
Conventional wisdom tells us that there are three ways to get rid of moles and shrews:
- Placing bait in the holes in order to trap or poison the moles.
- Using mechanical traps to catch or kill moles.
- Killing the grubs they feed on.
While all three of these work to a certain extent, they also have their share of problems.
Poisoning the pests creates the risk that pets or other animals will consume the poisoned corpse, which can result in the wrong animal dying.
Trapping them can be effective if done correctly, but it’s easy to get wrong, and it can be very time-consuming to do yourself. You need to set the traps properly, cover them, check them, remove the dead animals, and re-set the traps.
And while you may be able to kill the grubs, beneficial earthworms are one of the primary items in moles’ diets, and you don’t want to get rid of those. Besides, removing the grubs makes lawns healthier, which attracts earthworms and their predators, so it does nothing to get rid of your vermin problem.
In fact, getting rid of a mole’s food supply may trigger it to dig even more to look for food, thus inducing it to do even more damage, so that strategy actually makes the problem worse.
Our solution to your mole and shrew problem:
Because of the disadvantages we saw in other methods for getting rid of moles and shrews, we came up with a better solution:
We install specialized mole traps that which kill the moles and shrews without using any bait or poison.
This means you can finally get rid of your frustrating vermin problem, WITHOUT using dangerous sprays or loose poisons where your pets and children play.
If you’re tired of fighting to stop elusive animals from causing expensive property damage, we’re here to help.