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Are Moles in Southwest Florida?

December 9th, 2016

A great search term we’ve seen quite frequently in analytics is the question: “Are moles in Southwest Florida“? Surprisingly, yes, moles are present in Southwest Florida neighborhoods and we’ve had quite a few calls about recent mole sightings and mole disturbances.  We figured since this was a widely searched term in Southwest Florida that we’d give a little insight into the moles that you can find in and around your lawn:

Mole Appearance

The eastern mole, also known as the common mole, is a small sized mammal with large spade shaped forefeet that it uses for digging. It has an average length of 5 ½ to 6 inches and a naked snout. They are most active during dusk and dawn.

The Mole Diet

Eastern moles normally feed on earthworms, grubs, snails, spiders, larvae, and centipedes. They also eat small birds and mice if they can find them.

Mole Nesting Place

The eastern mole prefers loamy soils to build deep burrows to hide. It uses its front legs to swiftly push the soil to create a burrow and then with the help of its hind legs, it pushes the soil back in to close it. You will normally see this mammal in the fields, woods, and sometimes even in your garden too. Grass and tall weeds in the garden help eastern moles hide and disguise their holes and ridges, offering them adequate protection that they need to live safely.

Mole Predators

Hunting these pests is not easy as they move fast and live underground. Besides this, they release a bad-smelling odor to protect themselves if they see a predator and cannot go underground. Cats, dogs, coyotes and foxes usually prey on moles.

Are They a Threat to Humans?

Moles don’t pose any threat to humans, but they can do a great deal of damage to your lawn. If you live in Southwest Florida and take great pride in your lush green lawn and you’ve recently seen the Eastern mole prancing around in your lawn, then it’s best to get in touch with a wildlife and pest management expert. It’s important to take action quickly to avoid big dirt mounds around your landscape. Moles can build a network of narrow, underground tunnels in your garden and destroy it completely in a matter of a few days.

Southwest Florida Mole Control Services

If you are looking for Southwest Florida mole control, mole trapping, and mole extermination, look no further than a Southwest Florida certified mole control expert. Alford Wildlife and Pest Management specializes in mole control and will safely relocate the animal away from your property.

If moles are wreaking havoc on your property, contact us today at (239) 214-7928 or contact us here today!

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