Moles are small, burrowing mammals that live mostly underground. They burrow through the dirt to find food, like grubs and earthworms, using their sensitive snouts and their long claws. These small animals can damage your lawn in South Dakota or Iowa through the tunnels and molehills they create as they look for food. As they dig across your turf, they displace soil and disrupt the roots of your grass, causing it to turn brown and become weak. When you spot any sign of a mole issue on your lawn, contact professionals as soon as possible. They'll provide effective treatments to eliminate the existing moles and prevent new ones from coming in.

What are moles?

A mole emerging from a tunnel underground in Sioux Falls, SD.

Moles are small mammals that live most of their lives underground, feeding on insects found in the soil, like grubs, earthworms, and more. They are burrowing animals with undeveloped eyesight. However, what they lack in sight, they make up in their sense of touch and smell. These mammals have sensitive snouts with whiskers that they use to hunt food.

Moles also have recognizable front claws that they use for digging. They use it to move through soil and create burrows in the ground as they search for food. These small burrowing mammals typically don't exceed 10 inches in length, and male moles are known to be bigger than female ones. Their life cycle begins during mating, typically between February and May. Female moles give birth to around 2 to 4 hairless pups after a 7-week gestation period. These small moles will then begin to hunt food by themselves after about 3 to 4 weeks.

What damage can moles cause to your lawn?

Several mole hills on a lawn in Sioux Falls, SD.

The presence of moles on your lawn can be a big problem. Moles make their way into your lawn by burrowing to hunt for food. They dig tunnels below the surface of your lawn, displacing soil and disrupting the roots of your grass. When this happens, the grass around the affected area starts to turn brown and get weak. That's because the roots that your lawn uses to absorb nutrients and stay healthy have been damaged. What's more, moles will create volcano-shaped mounds of soil on your turf as they dig around your yard and break apart the soil in search of food.

Molehills and visible tunnels on the surface of your lawn are tell-tale signs that moles have infested.

What should you do if you notice signs of moles on your lawn?

If you notice signs of a mole infestation on your lawn, the first thing you should do is contact professionals as soon as possible. They can inspect your lawn and determine whether it is indeed infested by moles. Once they have confirmation, they'll use the right treatment to get rid of the moles and stop them from causing more damage to your turf. What's more, professionals can provide innovative solutions to prevent moles from setting up camp on your lawn again so they never become a recurring issue in the future.

Professionals can recommend ways to help your lawn recover from mole damage, like investing in lawn care services, such as lawn fertilization and overseeding.

Call us today to sign up for our mole repellent package!

Are moles causing issues on your lawn? If so, you've come to the right place! Our team at Sharp Lawn Care offers a mole repellent package to commercial and residential properties, as well as HOAs, in Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux City, IA, and nearby areas in South Dakota, like Tea and Harrisburg. This service involves regular mole repellent treatments from early spring to mid-fall for effective protection against these burrowing animals. We also offer a poisoning service to eliminate moles on your turf! If you're from the Sioux City, IA area, you can call us at (712) 253-8024 to schedule this service. Meanwhile, property owners from the Sioux Falls, SD area can sign up for this service by giving us a call at (605) 251-6880.