Contrary to popular belief, moles do not hibernate in the winter. In fact, they are active throughout the season, eating everything they can find and causing significant damage to your yard. Because winter conditions and a lack of time spent outdoors can often mask mole problems until spring, these pests can often cause significant damage to your yard during cold weather. Because moles dig tunnels under your yard, they disrupt the root system of grass and other plants, often causing damage to landscaping and large areas of dead grass.
So what can you do to keep moles from destroying your yard? Check out these tips to deal with moles this winter.
- Keep your lawn as dry as possible. Overwatering can lead to ideal conditions for earthworms and grubs, a mole’s food of choice. Eliminating this food source can also help eliminate moles.
- Wait to mulch. Although mulch is typically applied in early fall, consider waiting until after the first frost instead. Mulch is a great insulator for plants, but also insulates the soil underneath, keeping it warm and pliable for moles to tunnel through.
- Use physical barriers to prevent digging. Barriers made of hardware cloth can be used to line flower beds or even layered on top to prevent digging. These have shown to be effective at preventing mole damage.
- Utilize natural predators. Cats, birds of prey, and snakes are natural predators to moles. Consider getting a cat to help control rodents and other pests around your home. Unless a nuisance or threat, consider not killing snakes around your property, as well, as they are also great at helping with rodent control.
- Use a professional. Mole infestations can get out of hand quickly and be very difficult to eliminate. Contact a professional pest control company who can help identify mole issues early and eliminate them quickly and thoroughly.