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Eastern Mole — Scalopus aquaticus.

Chances are good that you’ll never even actually see the six-inch, four-ounce tunneling master lurking just beneath the surface of your front lawn. Witness the results after an eastern mole or a star-nosed mole, the duo most likely to be wreaking havoc upon your country estate, and the old phrase “making mountains out of molehills” takes on an entirely new meaning. Though these mammals rarely appear above ground, their hunting expeditions will tell you in no uncertain terms you have a problem. The signs are tough to miss. Moles leave tell-tale mounds of earth where they travel, leaving in their wake elevated soil that collapses under your feet.

These small mammals with pointed snouts dine on earthworms and grubs. Spraying for grubs only targets a portion of their diet. Hiring a wildlife control company is required.

Beyond the unsightly appearance, plant roots are damaged. Even worse, dangerous footing conditions are created, that could easily result in a visitor tripping and falling.

Active throughout the year, moles likely live alone in their underground burrows. Typically more active in the damp summer months, mole tunneling habits can also create inviting conditions for other small mammals like mice, chipmunks and voles.

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