Moles in Salina
Moles are small insect-eating mammals that are widespread throughout Salina. Although they look like it, moles are not part of the rodent family. Highly specialized digging machines, their presence is well known by their recognizable mounds. They spend most of their time underground and are reclusive, disliking being seen. Moles cause significant damage through their burrowing activity, which injures plants and their roots. In lawns, the resulting mounds and ridges are unsightly and disfiguring.
Moles prefer wooded areas as their natural habitat, but they are also comfortable in residential yards and agricultural fields. Moles live almost entirely underground in a vast network of interconnecting tunnels. Active year-round, they keep particularly busy in spring and fall creating shallow tunnels just below the surface where they capture worms, insects, and other invertebrates. Moles are beneficial in that a typical five-ounce mole can eat as much as 50 pounds of insect pests and grubs in a year! During rainy periods, molehills are abundant as earthworms move toward the surface.
Mole Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers
Since moles are seldom present above ground and rarely come into contact with people, they are not considered to be a physical threat to humans. Contrary to popular opinion, moles will not eat vegetation in residential and rural landscapes. However, their surface tunnels can disturb plant roots, which can cause distress. In lawns, molehills make walking and mowing difficult, sometimes damaging the grass. Mole tunnels can be hijacked by other small animals. The first sign of a mole problem will be several molehills or ‘ridges’ caused by tunneling. If you are having an issue with moles, it is best to consult a professional wildlife control company for removal.