Mole Control in Vancouver
Moles can be a huge nuisance for homeowners in Vancouver. These animals’ extensive tunneling and mound-building often damage lawns, gardens, and flowerbeds. Repairing mole damage and getting rid of moles once and for all can be a frustrating endeavor.
Lawns provide prime hunting grounds for moles close to the surface, while gardens and flowerbeds offer deeper soil for burrows. With mild winters, the ground rarely freezes, allowing moles to tunnel actively year-round. These prime habitat conditions explain why moles thrive and cause issues across the Vancouver region compared to other parts of Canada.
The temperate climate and abundance of high-quality soil make the Vancouver area an ideal habitat for moles. Vancouver has rich, loamy soil that makes it easy for moles to dig intricate tunnel systems. The area also receives ample rainfall, which keeps the soil moist and attractive to earthworms and soil insects that moles feed on.
Controlling moles can be challenging in the Vancouver area, but with persistence and the proper control methods, infestations can be effectively managed. This comprehensive guide will give you a deep understanding of moles, their habits and behaviors, the damage they cause, and most importantly, the most effective methods for controlling moles in Vancouver.
What are moles?
Moles are small mammals that live almost entirely underground. They have barrel-shaped bodies with soft fur, small eyes and ears, and large shovel-like front feet specialized for digging tunnels.
There are four species of moles in British Columbia:
- Coast Mole: The most common mole species found west of the Coast Mountains. They have dense grey fur.
- Townsend’s Mole: Occurs throughout southern BC. They have dense black fur.
- Coastal Shrew-Mole: The smallest mole species, restricted to southwest BC. They have a pointy nose and grey fur.
- American Shrew-Mole: Found throughout BC except for Vancouver Island and the southwest. They have a long, pointy nose.
Moles spend their lives underground, constantly digging new tunnels and feeding on soil invertebrates like insects, grubs, and earthworms. They surface only rarely, leaving behind molehills and tunnels as evidence of their underground activities.
Why do moles cause problems?
While moles can be helpful to soil health, their extensive tunneling can cause significant damage to lawns, gardens, and landscaping. Some of the problems caused by moles include:
- Damaged Lawns: The raised tunnels and molehills ruin the appearance of lawns and grassy areas. The tunnels also disrupt grass roots, leading to dead patches.
- Damaged Plant Roots: The tunnels can expose and damage the roots of garden plants and trees. This stresses the plants and makes them more vulnerable to disease.
- Soil Erosion: Long surface tunnels erode when it rains, washing away topsoil. Molehills also erode quickly.
- Tripping Hazard: The raised tunnels and molehills create tripping hazards, especially on lawns.
- Drainage Issues: Extensive tunnels can disrupt drainage patterns in lawns and gardens, leading to pooling of water.
- Vulnerability to Other Pests: Exposed plant roots attract other insects that can damage plants.
Signs of Mole Activity
The first step in controlling moles is learning to recognize the signs of their activity. These include:
- Molehills – Piles of loose soil pushed up from deep tunnels. They are volcano-shaped and 6 to 12 inches tall. Moles create deeper tunnels in winter, so molehills may be larger in spring.
- Surface Tunnels – Visible raised ridges where moles tunnel just under the surface. The ridges might collapse, leaving sunken S-shaped traces.
- Pushed-Up Flooring – Moles can push up flooring or pavement as they tunnel underneath.
- Drainage Issues – Look out for pooled water, which may be due to mole tunnels disrupting drainage.
There are also yard issues that homeowners mistake for mole signs. These could be made by other pests, so it’s wise to have the yard inspected by a pest control specialist:
- Mushroom-Shaped Mounds – These are made by pocket gophers, not moles. Moles rarely make mounds.
- Conical Mounds – Voles make smaller conical mounds, but they are above ground. Moles work underground.
If you’re unsure what’s causing those unsightly mounds or dug-up spots in your yard, please don’t hesitate to contact us at All Green Pest Control. We can arrange for our pest removal specialist to inspect your premises for free. Call us at 604-990-0100 today.
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The All Green Mole Removal Process
What to expect from our mole removal service
Step 1: Inspection
Removing moles from your property begins with a thorough inspection. Our team will identify entry points, inspect outside areas, and assess any damage to your lawn and plants.
Step 2: Trap & Exclude
Moles can be removed in two ways: trapping and exclusion. We can place efficient traps and install exclusion devices where appropriate to get moles out and keep them out.
Step 3: Repair & Protect
Moles can do a lot of damage on your property. We will assess and repair damages, seal off entry points, and ensure moles can’t find a new way back in.
In Addition to Mole Removal…
We provide inspections, exterminations, and seasonal pest management services for insects, wasps, bed bugs, spiders, rodents, and more.
Why Hire All Green Pest Control for Vancouver Professional Mole Removal
For severe infestations, or if DIY mole control efforts fail, contact All Green Pest Control Mole removal services. Our professionals have industrial-strength traps and advanced equipment for effectively and humanely eliminating moles.
Signs that it’s time to call in the professionals:
- Extensive tunneling across large areas
- Moles keep returning after trapping efforts
- Voles or other pests were mistaken for moles
- You rent the property so can’t make landscape changes
- Concerns about safely using traps or chemicals.
Mole Control and How to Prevent Moles from Returning
Eliminating moles is only half the battle. Preventing future infestations is key for long-term mole control. Here are tips to prevent moles from coming back to your property:
Removing Food Sources
- Apply grub control treatments to kill grubs and insects that moles feed on.
- Remove compost and mulch piles that attract earthworms.
- Use gravel or landscape fabric to block moles from vegetable gardens.
Making Your Yard Less Hospitable
- Install motion-activated sprinklers. Vibration and water deter moles.
- Allow grass to grow longer. Moles prefer short grass.
- Fill in unused garden areas. Moles avoid densely planted beds.
- Sprinkle castor oil granules or capsaicin around gardens and flowerbeds.
- Plant wormwood, garlic, or chili peppers around yard borders.
- Install sonic stakes, vibrating stakes, or mole granules.
Training Your Dog
Let dogs patrol your yard regularly. Their scent and activity will deter moles. Small terriers can be trained to hunt and kill moles.
It takes time for moles to fully leave your property after control efforts. Monitor for activity and reapply control measures as needed.
Need Mole Removal and Mole Control Services? All Green Pest Control Vancouver is the Top Choice for Your Mole Pest Control Needs
For effective and eco-friendly mole control in Vancouver, All Green Pest Control is the ideal choice. All Green serves areas across Metro Vancouver, including Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, and New Westminster.
Our certified technicians use the latest mole removal methods and the greenest products to safely eliminate moles while minimizing environmental impact. At All Green, we use a customized approach, performing an analysis of your property and creating a tailored mole treatment plan. We offer mole trapping, repellents, exclusion techniques, and other proven methods. Our mole control services come with a satisfaction guarantee, with free re-treatment if moles return between services.
With nearly a decade of experience and thousands of satisfied customers, All Green Pest Control is Vancouver’s premier mole removal company. Contact us today at 604-990-0100 for a free inspection and quote to get your mole infestation under control.