How to identify and rid yourself of moles

Moles are one of the most prevalent animals in the state of Tennessee. They are often found in residents yards burrowing large and long tunnels in which they travel from place to place. The eastern mole is the most common of the species to be found in the state and is the primary culprit in digging tunnels in yards. In well drained, looser soil, they have been known to be able to burrow up to 18 feet per hour.

There are plenty of ways residents can take to get rid of moles their yards. There are also steps they can take to prevent them from becoming a problem in the first place. It is easy to tell if you have a mole problem. If you spot rounded and raised ridges popping up in your lawn that are also accompanied by little dirt mounds every once in awhile, that is a tell tale sign that moles have been tunneling underground.

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Eastern Mole

A small, stout, streamlined mammal with concealed ears, tiny eyes, and a fleshy, movable snout. The velvety fur is grayish-brown above and silvery-gray beneath. The broad front feet are enlarged, have large claws, and point outward to aid in digging underground tunnels. They have a short tail, which is scantily furred.

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Summary: The eastern mole is found throughout Tennessee. It is the most common mole found in yards and causes the most issues for residents.

Distribution of the Eastern Mole (Credit: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

How to Get Rid of Moles

When you see a series of 3- to 5-inch rounded, raised ridges breaking the surface of your lawn that are accompanied by tiny dirt volcanoes, you know you have moles tunneling below ground. Moles cause little damage to the environment at large. Plus, they naturally aerate soils and eliminate the larvae of destructive insects.

They only become a problem when they invade lawns and gardens, tearing up expanses of green grass and uprooting plants. Because mole tunneling destroys grass roots, the ridges brown quickly. The most effective way to get rid of moles is to kill them with a trap. Learn more

Summary: Moles are abundant in Tennessee and can become a nuisance if they show up in your yard. There are numerous ways to combat the burrowing critters.