Mole Trapping At Big Papa’s
Providing High-Quality, Effective Lawn Mole Trapping And Control Solutions For The Greater Eastern Iowa Region
Specializing In Numerous Solutions That Control, Trap And Remove Moles from Eastern Iowa Properties
10+ Years Of Well-Respected And Effective Mole Trapping And Control Strategies For Mole Population Reduction
The Iowa lawn mole population has increased over the years, increasing the demand for Big Papa’s mole trapping expertise. Moles inhabit lawns and gardens in Eastern Iowa properties and the entire state of Iowa. Moles are small mammals known for their burrowing habits and the damage they can cause to lawns and gardens as they search for insects and worms to eat.
Moles can be both beneficial and detrimental to lawns and gardens. On the one hand, they help aerate the soil and control insect populations such as grubs and other pests. On the other hand, their tunneling can create unsightly mounds of soil and disrupt the root systems of plants, potentially causing damage, hence the need for mole trapping and control.
The most common species of mole found in Iowa is the Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus). These moles are well-adapted to their underground lifestyle, with a cylindrical body, strong forelimbs, and large, paddle-like feet for efficient digging. They have small eyes and ears and rely primarily on their sensitive snouts to navigate and locate food.
Moles are found in various habitats worldwide but commonly in grasslands, forests, agricultural fields, urban parks, and residential areas. Moles prefer moist soil and are typically found in areas with high moisture content, but not always.
As solitary animals, moles spend most of their time underground in their burrows. They are active year-round but are most active during the spring and fall when the soil is moist and easy to dig. A mole’s extensive burrowing and tunneling behavior can cause damage to lawns, gardens, and crops. They create a complex network of tunnels spanning a large area, and their burrowing can displace soil and damage plant roots.
Moles do not hibernate during the winter but change their behavior in response to colder temperatures and frozen soil. As the soil freezes, moles move deeper underground, where the temperature is more stable, and the soil remains unfrozen. They create deeper tunnels and spend more time in their underground burrow systems to conserve energy and stay warm.
If you are experiencing issues with moles in your Iowa lawn or garden, there are several methods Big Papas mole trapping experts can employ to control their population.
Big Papa’s Provides Mole Trapping And Control Solutions to the Cities Of Bettendorf, Burlington, Coralville, Davenport, Iowa City, Muscatine, North Liberty, Wapello, West Liberty, Wilton, and More
Proper Mole Trap Placement Will Effectively End Your Mole Problem
How Big Papa’s Mole Trapping Team Effectively Traps Moles
Trapping moles can be time-consuming and requires patience, experience, and complete knowledge of mole behavior and biology. If you do have a mole infestation, there is a chance you may also have a grub problem, as grubs are lawn moles’ favorite food, along with earthworms, insects, snail larvae, spiders, and ants if you do have a grub problem that will need to be addressed but removing grubs is no guarantee that moles will leave as well.
The first step in removing lawn moles is to identify their activity. We locate raised ridges and mounds of soil in your lawn or garden, which are signs of mole tunnels. The mounds, also known as molehills, are created when moles dig deeper tunnels and push the excavated soil to the surface.
Next, we need to locate the active tunnels. Not all tunnels are active, so it’s crucial that we find the ones that moles are currently using. One of our strategies is to flatten a small section of a raised ridge with our feet, then check if the tunnel is repaired within 24-48 hours. If it is, that tunnel is active.
Once we discover the active tunnels, we place the trap in all the active tunnels, ensuring that they are securely positioned, and the trigger mechanisms are correctly set. We must dig out the trap bed into which we place our traps for best results. We know from experience whether this needs to be done or not.
We’ll inspect our traps daily or every other day, depending on how many active tunnels we find and how many traps we use. Once a mole is caught, we’ll carefully remove it from the trap while wearing gloves. We are aware of all Iowa regulations regarding the handling and disposal of trapped moles.
After trapping moles, Big Papa’s Mole Trapping crew will continue to monitor your lawn or garden for any signs of new mole activity for a number of days, depending on the complexity of your mole problems. Please note that moles are territorial, but new moles can move in and claim the territory of removed moles.
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“I own and operate a local business in Muscatine. I recently had a squirrel problem. I had squirrels coming in the building, and making a mess. Big Papa’s came and set up traps and caught one right away. He then continued to stop every day to check the traps for about two weeks. Once he was sure that all of the squirrels were gone, he got the materials to cover the holes which was very nice because we are a small business and I did not have the time to do so myself. I would highly recommend Big Papa’s to anyone!.
J. Devore, Muscatine, IA