Mole and Gopher infestation can really be frustrating! But honestly, it doesn’t need to be. A wildlife professional in the mole or gopher removal line of work knows how to read the sign left behind. To you, its just piles of dirt or sod left behind for your lawn mower to hit, but to a mole/gopher trapper its much more!
A lawn with piles of dirt, usually indicates gopher activity, in most parts of the United States. Gophers need to come up every now and then for a short time, and will nibble the grass around the hole before going back under. Gophers also bury the hole behind them, to keep snakes out I assume. One of my favorite tricks with these rascals is to set a gopher trap in the hole, and leave it open and uncovered. Gophers smell the fresh air and quickly try to fill it up again. This gets the mole caught quickly!
Mole damage is also easy to read once you know how. A mole likes to travel under ground for safety, as well as searching for food. Moles are insectivores, meaning they eat bugs. Mostly worms, the tunnels go zig zagging all over in search of juicy worms and grubs. This is where the yard looks really bad, but we wont catch him there. Each tunnel is a mole feeder tunnel in search of food. The moles may never visit that spot again, so we look for tunnels which go straight for a distance and mash it down, marking it with a flag. in 2 days, we check those areas again, ( Do several) The areas which are pushed up again are active transition tunnels. and are ready for traps!
This may all be a bit too much for you to wrap your head around because you don’t work with wildlife every day. And believe me, its just the tip of the iceberg. Selecting the correct trap for the soil is also important, along with many other variables, it’s just easier to hire a professional that does this every day. They wont break the bank, most mole or gopher trappers have a set up fee, and a per animal captured fee. That way you only pay him for what he does.