WHEN the Spring season knocks, those pesky neighbors of ours, Gophers and Moles, are right behind! However, no longer must you fear – Gopher and Mole Control HQ is here!
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A ground mole is a mammal that is in the Talpidae family, along with shrew moles, desmans, gophers and other insectivorous mammals. These small animals have stout bodies, light brown to gray silky fur, basic poorly developed eyes, long tough muzzles and strong feet for burrowing, since they live in tunnels underground. They may have poor eyesight but excellent hearing and a good sense smell. They average in size from four to nine inches in length. Ground moles can reside in many areas although they are commonly found in Europe, South Africa, Asia and North America. They are not found in Ireland.
About 20 different species of ground moles exist in the wild, some are aquatic while others may be semi-aquatic, spending at least part of their time in the water. One particular species of this mammal is the star-nosed mole with a star shape on its nose and mostly resides in Canada. Their entire lives are spent underground except when looking for a mate. Two other ground mole species often found in North America include the eastern mole and the hairy-tailed mole.
Because this burrower is an omnivore and insectivorous, their main diet consist of eating 70 to 100 percent of their weight in earthworms daily. The saliva in their mouths is used to paralyze the worms or other small animals they may consume. The process of paralyzing their catch gives them the opportunity to store food in special larders underground that they build and save for later. To eat its worms, it will stretch the earthworm in its paws to get the soil out of its gut before consuming it. In rare cases, these animals will eat mice and rats that find their way into the occupied tunnels.
Ground moles’ strong feet have curved six-finger claws that are used to make their way through burrows and tunnels under the earth. It is pretty easy to spot their tunnel entrances by the mounds of dirt, most commonly known as mole mounds. This may not seem like such a problem in the wild but is very disturbing when it comes to your lawn or garden, at which time you will want to consider ground mole control.
The destruction by these creatures can be quite frustrating for the homeowner who has concerns of ground mole elimination. In an attempt to stop the destruction by the ground moles, people may try to protect their property with home remedies, some that may even be illegal, in order to get rid of the ground moles. Most often, ground mole control involves the proper use of traps and poisons, which often may need to be performed by professionals for effective ground mole eradication.
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A gopher is a mammal in the Geomyidae family closely related to the ground squirrel and certain species of prairie dog. These mammals are easily identifiable by their two long front teeth, tiny ears and small eyes. There are several different types of gophers, but all are native to North America. The most common and most destructive is the pocket gopher; given this name because its’ face contains a pocket-like slit used for storing food. The life span of a gopher is normally between two to three years if free of disease and from predators. Gophers weigh about half a pound and spend the majority of their lives underground creating complicated networks of tunnels with their front paws. These networks of tunnels and large rooms are referred to as a “gopher towns.” Gopher towns are known to kill grass, trees, shrubs, vegetables, gardens — almost anything with roots since the rodent’s main diet is roots, nuts, leaves and insects. One town can completely wipe out a field of vegetation, leaving only dead remnants and dirt in its place. This fact alone has led to the mammals being treated as pest.
To add humor, this is the dancing fellow from Caddyshack. Size at maturity is approximately a little more than a foot long with a seven inch tail. Adult gophers will sometimes stand watch at the top of a tunnel and whistle if a predator approaches. This whistling is used as both a defense and alert mechanism to alert other nearby gophers to seek safety.
Gopher elimination can be very time consuming and often requires professional help. The key is to respond to gopher problems as soon as signs are visible. Continue to read on for information on how to identify gopher tunnels and the consequences of failing to below.
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Mole mounds tend to be symmetrical and appear conical-shaped or volcano-like. The mounds of moles take such shapes because when these burrowing insectivores are excavating, dirt is pushed straight up consequently causing the conical-shaped mounds. The size of the mounds of moles can vary, but often can be distinguished by a centered hole at the very top. Also, if you look around the edges of the mound, you will usually see or find dirt clogs scattered around the the base of the mounds. Last, it is important to understand that moles feed on things like earth worms and grubs. Therefore, their mounds and raised ridges will often be found near the foundations of homes, driveways, lawn borders and other solid objects where the ground is likely moist and populated by the food they prey on; earth worms and grubs.
Gopher mounds are not symmetrical like the mounds of moles; instead, they make unique fan-like shapes. Gopher mounds are formed in this manner because as gophers dig tunnels and push dirt to the surface, they do so at an angle resulting in crescent or irregular shaped mounds. These crescent-shaped mounds with plugs at the top are created while the gopher tunnels for succulent portions of root and plant. As stated above for moles, to be able to identify and get rid of gophers and their mounds, it is important to understand their eating habits. Gophers are herbivores, so they feed on different types of vegetation, plants, vines, roots and trees.
In addition to creating mounds and eating roots from underground, gophers will often dig open holes to the surface to feed on surface vegetation. The size of gopher holes can vary in size ranging from the size of a gold dollar to 3 inches. The general rule is that the larger the hole or mound, the bigger the gopher. However, there are times when smaller gophers move into abandoned tunnels of larger burrowers. Last, but not least, gophers unlike moles, plug their holes with fresh dirt when they are done feeding. Happy gopher control and mole control!
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