Mice and Moles Love Our Mild Winter
by Kirsten Johnson, on February 53, 2016
It's true. With our warmer than normal winter, mice and moles have been very active...above and below ground. With our recent thaw, you might have seen evidence of tunnels in your yard from field mice and moles burrowing under the snow. In fact, many of them will breed during this time of year, which means more of these critters in the spring.
So why do moles and mice burrow on your property?
There's food nearby. If you have an abundance of insects in your soil, the mice and moles are more likely to stay put.
You may have sandy or soft soil around your yard or foundation. They can still burrow below the snow and get underground. But, with our milder winter, the ground did not freeze very far down.
Your neighbor made his property unfriendly to these critters
The good news is that they can help create a healthy yard by aerating your lawn and getting rid of many pests in the ground. But, if you want them gone, here's a few things you can do:
They don't like to locate where the lawn is harder to dig. So, to help keep them out of undesirable locations, keep those areas a little dryer by watering less or creating drainage. This may keep their tunnels on the perimeter of your lawn or closer to a wooded area.
Eliminate their food supply by controlling the grubs and insects in ground. Find out more information about our Natural Grub and Flea Control Program. Also, be sure to put that bird food in the garage in a closed metal container.
Trap them. You can purchase many different variety of indoor traps for mice in local stores. For moles, Good Nature's store offers a Mole Trap that quickly eliminates them from your yard. If you want a professional to relocate them, you can find one at the Wildlife Removal website by entering your location and pest problem.
Finally, our Organic Mole Chase Granular product can be used year round. The number of applications needed varies depending on how severe your mole problem is and how much they like your lawn.
If mice find their way out of the cold and into your home, you can use No Escape Mouse Magic -Watch’em disappear! The all natural ingredients in Mouse Magic triggers “escape/avoidance” behaviors in mice driving them from homes, sheds, patios, and garages. This unique new method of rodent control combines the effectiveness of natural essential oils with the convenience of “place pack” technology.
Whatever you choose, be sure to use an organic or natural approach to protect our environment.