Moles and Dampness and Basements – Oh My!May 20, 2014
Does your lawn have ridges and tubular bumps?
Are you seeing mounds of soil scattered about the lawn in seemingly random places?
Has your lawn been particularly damp or water-logged, with lots of puddling, this Spring?
Has your basement been more damp than usual or has the basement experienced seeping, puddling or even flooding?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, with the exception of the basement question maybe, then the odds are good that you have moles in your yard. Moles like moist, damp soil.
According to the University of New Hampshire – Cooperative Extension,
Moles dig runways to search for food, provide protection from predators and create space for resting and for breeding. The annoying mole hills are external evidence of the moles’ underground tunneling activities. Unfortunately, for most homeowners, moles remain active throughout the year.
Moles are mostly carnivores. They prefer to eat earthworms, grubs, beetles and even insect larvae that they find in the soil (your lawn). As with most populations of animals, the weather plays a large role in the life-cycle and prevalence of moles. When the Spring is particularly wet and damp, the earthworms and grubs and even the beetles and insect larvae thrive. Thriving insects and worms allow for moles to feast, using your lawn as their dining table.
A damp Spring, with more rainfall than usual and a Winter of unusually heavy snow, tends to lead to a huge population explosion of moles, and the foods that they feed on. These conditions are also the same conditions that cause basements to seep, leak and even flood.
While we can’t do anything about a mole problem, we can fix your basement water problem! If your basement is damper than usual or if you are seeing water and moisture build-up, call us at 800-445-7593 or click to schedule your basement evaluation now. We’ll schedule your no-cost, no obligation evaluation ASAP.