Mole Ecology and Damage Management

Author(s): Scott Craven, David Drake

In this, the third publication in the “Living With Wildlife in Wisconsin” series, the authors describe the curious habits and underground way of life of Wisconsin’s two kinds of moles. They discuss how to limit the damage these velvety animals may cause, either by cutting off their food supply (which is sometimes difficult) in order to convince them to leave the territory, or by killing them (which is less difficult). The first requires application of pesticides or nematodes to kill the worms or white grubs that moles feed upon as they tunnel along just beneath the soil surface. The second requires traps, poison, or fumigation (8 pages; 2012).

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