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Young girl screaming about the mole hole
Young girl screaming about the mole hole

Moles

There are a lot of wives’ tales and home remedies, some dangerous, about mole control on the internet. Hair, urine, broken glass, and juicy fruit chewing gum are some of the common ones. Moles will come and go as they please. They can also be killed by the neighbor’s cat, a hawk, an owl, dog, coyote, die from natural causes or decide to move. When this happens, the home remedy gets the credit for getting rid of the mole. Remedies gain credibility because of coincidence.  Mole control is an ongoing process. There is no such thing as mole “elimination” and they are a long ways from becoming an endangered species. A mole mainly eats worms, so just killing the grubs in the lawn will not cause the moles to move away.

We created a short video with some of the many moles that we trapped last year!

Mole Facts:

  • Moles do not hibernate.
  • A mole can dig at the rate of 17 feet per hour.
  • A mole’s speed through their mole tunnels can be 70 feet per minute, or just under one mile per hour.
  • Moles will consume roughly half of their body weight each day.
  • A mole eats an average of one earthworm every hour.
  • Moles have twice as much blood as other mammals of similar size, allowing them to breath underground.
  • Increased blood flow also allows for them to deal with the large increase in carbon dioxide found in their tunnels.
  • Moles have to eat every three to four hours or they will starve to death.
  • Even though your yard may not look like it, moles spend more time sleeping then doing anything else during the day.
  • Moles are territorial, this results in typically only a handful of moles in an average sized lawn, regardless of the amount of damage.
  • Peak activity is in the winter months, when they are mating, spring, when giving birth, and fall when the young leave the nest.


Our mole program consists of traps in the traveling runs, a bait that is toxic to moles in the feeding runs, and a repellent around the perimeter of the lawn. We service the property every other week. Our full season runs from March 1 through December 1. Our most common program is an 8 visit program. Log into My Account  for more information and a price quote for your property.

Our 12 Step Mole Control Process:

1.) Email the client a couple of days ahead of each service so they know what day they are scheduled for. The exception to this rule is the first visit. We try to service all new clients as soon as we can. If we are in the neighborhood that same day, or the next day, we add new clients to the existing route, which already had the notification sent.

2.) Evaluate the lawn and landscape and surrounding areas for mole entry points.

3.) Distinguish between moles, voles, chipmunks, squirrels and other animal damage.

4.) Determine which tunnels are active.

5.) Determine which tunnels are used for eating and which are used for traveling.

6.) Measure the depth and width of traveling tunnels to determine which trap works best.

7.) Evaluate the level of moisture in the soil to determine which trap will work the best.

8.) Set as many traps as needed to insure we trap the mole(s).

9.) Determine which bait to be used and which tunnels to put it in.

10.) Determine if spraying a repellent around the perimeter of the property would be beneficial.

11.) Leave notes with the client about which bait(s) was used, what kind of traps were set, the number of each kind of traps that were set, and the number of moles that were trapped.

12.) Monitor mole activity on an ongoing basis. As mole activity disappears, keep a fresh supply of bait in the abandoned tunnels to immediately kill any new mole that tries to move in.

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Full-time technicians dedicated to mole control
 
 
The company runs a background check and performs random drug tests on the technicians that are on your property.
 
 
The technician is paid hourly, so he will do what is best for your lawn and not what gives him a commission or quota bonus.
 
 
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Licensed with the Department of Agriculture for General Pests and Vertebrate Animals.
 
 
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Our client is on the left.

Tally

 

Some Experts “Claim” that Moles have no teeth.

For the record, I am the first person to call the Kent County Health Department and inquire about rabies from this mole that bit me and penetrated the skin. I was referred to the CDC, who laughed when I explained we were in a photographer’s studio for a photo shoot.

Star Nosed Mole

Eastern Mole

Click here to read what Kevin Frank from Michigan State University has written about moles.

In addition to servicing the homes of the founders of Amway and Steelcase, the following businesses have also used my mole control services:

  • Amber Ridge Condominiums American RV
  • Bank One Burger King Restaurant
  • Chandler Woods Charter School Chase Bank
  • Chilis Bar & Grille Cross Creek Charter School
  • Dan Vos Construction Fazolis Restaurant
  • Fifth Third Ball Park Grand Rapids Golf Club
  • Gun Lake Community Church  Heritage Baptist Church
  • Hillside Community Church Huntington Woods Condominiums
  • Jade Pig Ventures Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Kentwood Community Church  Legacy Christian School
  • Mayflower Congregational Church McDonalds Restaurant
  • Millbrook Christian Reformed Church
  • Pinery Park Little League Plainfield Township
  • Precision Property Management Railside Condominiums
  • Rio Grande Restaurant  South Christian High School
  • Southern Little League Spectrum Health
  • Stroo Funeral Home TriUnity Christian High School
  • York Creek Condominiums York View Condominiums

I have also been hired or endorsed by the following landscape professionals:

  • Boverhof Landscape Services Bykerk Landscape Management
  • Chuck’s Landscape Management DJ’s Lawn Service
  • DK Lawn Care EarthScapes
  • Everett’s Landscape Management Hilbrand’s Landscape Management
  • HLS Lawn Care Intricate Lawn & Landscape
  • Landscape Impressions Larry’s Lawn Service
  • Meadowgreen, Inc. Oomkes Landscape Management
  • Preferred Landscape Management Premier Landscape
  • Ridgeview Landscaping The Lawn Ranger
  • TS Groundskeeping Vandenberg’s Landscape Maintenance
  • Wabeke Lawn Service Weed & Feed Lawn Care
  • Weed Man


CANCELLATION POLICY

Our payments for a 20 visit program can be divided into installments for your convenience. However, if you cancel during the first month there is a $50.00 cancellation fee since the majority of our time is spent on the first 3 visits scouting the property and setting the traps. If you cancel the 6 visit program durring the first month you will be charged for 75% of the cost of all 6 visits. If you cancel after two months, you will be charged 87.5% of the total program. 

 

BURIED ITEMS

We are not responsible for damage to buried items such as invisible dog fences, underground sprinkling system parts, utility or cable lines, landscape lighting, or drain tile. When we set our traps, we cut slices in the ground that can be as deep as six inches. If you have an invisible dog fence it is recommended that you flag it since fences are usually only buried 1 to 2 inches down.

  • Communities We Serve

    • Rockford
    • Ada
    • Kentwood
    • Caledonia
    • Byron Center
    • Jenison
    • Grandville
    • Zeeland
    • Holland
    • Grand Haven
    • Kalamazoo
    • Portage
    • Farmington Hills
    • Taylor
    • Pontiac
    • Auburn Hills
    • Ann Arbor
    • Howell