Moles are small mammals found worldwide, with a high concentration in warmer clients. Eastern, Star-nosed, and Hairy-tailed moles are most commonly found throughout Davidson County and Williamson County, but also all over Middle Tennessee.
Known for their intricate tunnel systems, moles are often considered a garden pest. Small and stout, moles have tiny eyes, concealed ears, and velvety fur. They range between 5.5 to 8.3 inches in length and weigh between 1 and 5 ounces. Their broad front feet include large, outward pointing claws used to dig tunnels. Moles produce two types of tunnels – feeding and networking. The top tunnel runs just below the surface, and allows moles to dig for food (spiders, ants, and grub) and will appear as raised ridges in your yard. Below, moles create a deeper tunnel used for networking and housing their babies, which appears as piled mounds in your yard.
Moles mate in the late winter and early spring season, and have a single litter each year, producing between 2 – 6 offspring. Newborns are born blind and hairless, and weaned at one month.
Well-drained yards and pastures are the most common habitat for moles. A number of remediation options are available, including: exclusion, habitat management, trapping, and poison. Ace Wildlife Control utilizes proven humane exclusion services.
Fun Facts About Moles
One mole can consume over 50 pounds of worms each year.
Moles travel through tunnels at a rate of 80 feet per minute.
Moles can dig up to 18 feet in one hour
Moles do not hibernate