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Moles in the Yard


November 19, 2020

by Katelyn Brinkerhoff, Horticulture Educator

Moles are a common problem for most homeowners. They are ground dwelling mammals that create unsightly tunnels throughout the yard and garden that can make mowing difficult, as well as damage the roots of the lawn.

In order to take care of a pest you have in your yard it is important to properly identify them. In Iowa we have one species of mole, the Eastern Mole (Scalopus aquaticus). They are incredibly common throughout the entire state of Iowa. The reason moles tunnel underground is because they are fossorial. They are animals that are adapt...

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