What are Moles?
Many people would never see the insect moles, as they stay under the ground. These moles are also called mole crickets which are the velvety creatures that can grow from 11 to 16 cm. These moles have less eyesight, but this does not bother them as they live in darkness. They dig the ground and stay inside, and they search for food and water through smelling sense. These creatures do not love to live with each other except their breeding time, and love to stay alone. In this article, we will discuss, what are moles and how to get rid of them.
What are molehills and Why do Moles make them?
Molehills are the tiny soil mountains that are formed while a mole digging the ground. These molehills are temporary as the moles dig to find food and water. These moles usually stay deep under the ground so that they can live safe during all the seasonal climates.
When a mole digs a tunnel under the ground in your garden near any flowerbeds and it s a garden pest, it pushes the soil out to make a molehill. You can see a number of molehills in your garden, but this is the action of single mole cricket. These moles have their unique burrowing systems, as they connect the tunnels which have the layout of 5 cm wide, 4cm height, with a 70-metre length.
Dangers caused by moles
- These moles will eat earthworms which are the friends of farmers and agricultural lands.
- While digging the ground they can damage the root and seedlings of many small plants
- It is important to remove molehills before a lawn is moved
- As they dig deep under the ground it is a tiny environmental threat that makes the land break, and difficult to mow.
How to get rid of Mole Crickets?
These moles are hard to eliminate as they are difficult to identify and capture. You can eliminate them using organic methods or using pesticides.
Organic Method to Eliminate Moles
The efficiency of mole control treatment depends on the season and current life cycle of moles. The overwintered moles are hard to eliminate, and the treatment during winter is not effective as the treatment done during summer.
First, you need to identify where they are, and how many of them are staying in your garden. As they are so deep, they are hard to find. It is advisable to prepare a soapy liquid, by mixing the dishwashing liquid with a small amount of water. Pour the liquid near the molehills of about 1 square foot, if there is any mole it will come out.
By this treatment you can find the place where they are hiding, and continue this during summer, to screen and eliminate them using the natural enemies like crabronid wasp and tachinid fly.
Eliminate Moles using Pesticides
A pesticide called Imidacloprid that is available in all the pest control shops, and you can make use of this chemical to destroy moles. But this method is effective during June and July when the night temperature is a minimum 60-degree Fahrenheit.
It is not sure that everyone can see the mole crickets, because of the place where they stay. But it is easy for professionals to screen and eliminate the moles using technological types of equipment. So, it is important to hire professionals for pest control, they can eliminate the pests in your place and make a healthy environment. We have discussed what are moles and how to get rid of them, you can use these simple DIY methods to control the mole crickets temporarily till the professionals visit your place.