Additional mole facts:

Moles can tunnel up to 18' per hour in un-excavated ground

They can travel up to 80' per minute through existing runs

Moles are carnivorous predators, killing and eating other animals, insects and their larvae. Earthworms are their favorite meal.

Moles have very poor eyesite, but very sensitive touch. They can detect the motion of an earthworm.

When the soil dries out in the summer months, they burrow deeper and push out the diggings as loose soil piles producing the classic molehill.

The moles have only a few natural enemies because of their secluded life underground. Coyotes, dogs, badgers, and skunks dig out a few of them, and occasionally a cat, hawk, or owl surprises one above ground.

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The mole usually makes two almost circular tunnels, one inside other,
linked together by another tunnel.
Side tunnels lead off the main circles to the mole's main hunting grounds. One circle is deeper than the other, and grass-lined rooms leading off are used for resting and as a nursery. In wet soil, the mole may make an extra large molehill and make its nesting den inside, to keep dry.

Moles are supreme diggers. They will spend 19 hours a day digging sleeping at most 2-3 hours. Their metabolism is so fast that they don't store any energy reserves.


Moles don't hibernate in winter like other animals, so they have to search further and wider to fill their insatiable appetite. One worm will keep it going for about an hour. Their diet also includes any type of insects or larvae.

Schleicher Irrigation also specializes in Mole Removal.

Moles are about the size of a chipmunk and weight about 6 ounces. Although their damage seems to come and go, they usually stay in one location year round.

Moles will move nearer to the surface as the insects they seek also migrate to the surface. This is when you are more likely to see damage in your lawn. Long burrowing tunnels crisscrossing your lawn certainly aren't attractive and when their tunnels approach the surface of the soil, they usually chew through the roots of a lawn causing it to yellow and die. 

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