Mole Removal Professionals
Surrey and the Fraser Valley
You may not think that moles are commonly found in the Lower Mainland, but they are! Because we are also your mole removal professionals, we thought we would provide for you some interesting facts about moles and tips for dealing with moles on your property in Surrey, Langley, and the Fraser Valley.
A Bit About Moles
Moles are quite fascinating creatures.
- They have very poor eyesight due to having under-developed, very small eyes hidden by their fur. They aren't blind though, contrary to popular belief. They can see shades of light and shadow, just not very well. They more than make up for their limited vision, however, by their sense of touch being greatly increased!
- Though they burrow like rodents, they belong to a different mammalian order - the same one as shrews, in fact. And a "mole rat" is not a mole; it's a rat.
- Coyotes, owls, foxes, skunks, and hawks are some of the mole's natural predators (though we don't have many foxes coming onto our lawns in the Lower Mainland!).
- Though they are still somewhat uncommon, the moles we are most likely to have in British Columbia are Townsend's Moles, or Scapanus townsendii, or the Coast (aka Pacific) Mole, or Scapanus orarius.
- They can grow up to about 9 inches long, despite often being shown on television as being much larger. Size does vary slightly per species.
- They have hands! Well, almost. Moles are made for digging. As we said, they are a burrowing creature. As such, their front feet are almost hand-like and they have very strong, oversized shoulders to powerfully dig up to 150 feet of tunnels each day!
- And, they have an extra thumb on each front paw, making them polydactyl!
- Moles have long, probing snouts that also help them compensate for their decreased vision. Certain species of mole have snouts that are more sensitive to touch than the human hand!
- Moles eat snails and slugs, worms and insects, and sometimes smaller vegetation.
- They have very dense, velvet-like fur that sticks straight up to prevent soil from becoming trapped in their fur as they back up in tunnels.
- Moles are generally solitary creatures that come together in springtime to mate. The babies are born in burrows underground, then become their own solitary individuals as well after about a month with their mother.
Sharing Our Land with Moles
The Townsend's Mole is actually somewhat endangered in BC because of our constant rate of development. Both the Townsend's and the Coast mole mammals are being upended out of their homes at an increasing rate due to our urban development. One of the most common ways of ridding a property of moles is due to flooding their holes and most homeowners don't have the knowledge to differentiate between the Townsend's or Coast mole. As a consequence, the less common, already endangered Townsend's mole population is sometimes put at even higher risk.
Moles Can be Helpful to Landowners
Though many homeowners and landscapers consider moles to be a nuisance, largely due to the holes they burrow, moles are quite helpful creatures. The consume the larvae of many pests and their digging aerates the soil and mixes it with deeper soils to create a higher soil quality and improving drainage.
Call a Professional
If mole presence on your land is becoming too much of an issue, be sure to call the professionals at Summit Wildlife Removal for your humane wildlife removal needs. We do humane mole removal and protect the homeowner from these little creatures that can quite aggressively defend their burrows. Call Summit Wildlife Solutions for your mole removal service today!