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One of the most destructive lawn pests in the Kansas City Metro area is the mole.   Moles destroy lawns with their burrowing as they make conical earth mounds and networks of tunnels in the ground.   The mounds are unsightly heaps of earth pushed up from several feet below the surface as the moles excavate rooms and living areas. Feeding tunnels result in raised ridges of soil that cut off grass roots from moisture sources. This results in a network of brown lines in the grass, especially in summer’s heat. Digging may damage other plant roots directly and through exposure to air.
There is only one species of mole present in Kansas and Missouri. This is the Eastern Mole, (Scalopus aquaticus), named after its digging feet (Scolopus) and because the type specimen was found dead in the water (aquaticus means living near the water). While the Eastern Mole is able to swim it is the least aquatic of North American moles. Eastern Moles are mammals between 5 and a half and 8 inches in adult length with soft grey or brownish fur. Like other moles, Eastern moles possess many remarkable adaptations for an underground lifestyle.  They have no visible eyes, no external ears, and a pig like nose at the end of a pointed head they use to find prey.   Their most distinguishing feature is their front limbs which are highly adapted for digging. Short, muscular arms end in greatly enlarged paddle like feet with long claws. These feet enable a mole placed on the ground to disappear within seconds. Even the fur has a unique adaptation, as unlike most animals it does not have a direction that it lays. Imagine a cat with fur that doesn’t matter which direction you pet it. This allows the mole to move forward and backwards in its tunnels without turning around.
Moles are entirely carnivorous, with worms and insect larvae making up most of their diet. Beetles, spiders, centipedes, and almost any other invertebrate encountered may be consumed. Moles have a high metabolism and are capable of eating half their own body weight in insects each day. This is one reason they are such active burrowers. They may be active any time of day or night, but are more likely to be active near dawn and dusk.
Early spring is a great time to have moles removed from your yard. The ground is thawed but not hard and dried out like it gets in summer.   The moles are also very active in the spring, making them easier to catch. Most importantly, the moles have litters of 2-5 babies in April and May that become independent in about 4 weeks, which means that catching them in March and April can prevent a doubling or even tripling of the population in June and July.
There are several mole-like creatures that are often confused for moles. Shrews are small insectivores that are sometimes mistaken for baby moles. They are similar in fur coloration and texture but they have eyes and do not make burrows or have front limbs specialized for digging. Vole tunnels are sometimes mistaken for moles – it doesn’t help the confusion that the names moles and voles sound so similar. Voles are small rodents that make burrows to live in and make small runs through the grass rather than under the ground. Their tunnel openings are about the diameter of a broom handle and are usually located next to a large rock or concrete sidewalk or porch. Voles do not make mounds or ridges. Control of voles and shrews is very different than for moles so proper identification is essential for control.   Give Advantage Termite and Pest Control a call and we will send a trained technician out to identify the pest and provide a treatment plan.
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Patricia Rusconi
2 months ago
I highly recommend Advantage! My cats are here to be cute not worry about critters. We have a really old house and I wasn't even sure what a root cellar was, much less how mice could live there. Ben was amazing. He came out, was kind to my pets, got rid of the mice as well as showing me how to keep it from reoccurring. With regular help from Advantage, of course.
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Jan Hain
3 months ago
We recently had Ben out to take care of a small rodent problem. He was very thorough and courteous. He came back several times to clean out traps and seal the house to keep out any future sneaky mice. His explanations were very thorough and informative. He obviously enjoys his job. He was fascinated by what was living in our front bushes, researched and caught those creatures as well. We have had no problems since.
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Tanya Combs
2 months ago
Ben was a great help in getting a squirrel out of our attic. Ben was very punctual, courteous and knowledgeable, and got the job done with easy and quick. Not only do I give the company a 4 star rating I also give Ben 4 stars! Ben did an exceptional job! Great company, I would highly recommend them.
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DeAnn Berndsen
4 months ago
When we purchased our home 6 years ago, we were overrun with spiders and silverfish. A co-worker recommended Advantage to me, and I'm thankful they did! For the first few years, one of the owners was our tech; and for the last year, Taylor has been our tech. Both are great guys - very thorough, professional, and great at listening to my concerns and addressing them. You cannot go wrong with Advantage!
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Trent West
2 months ago
Brandon at Advantage is a very knowledgable technician and also a very personable professional. I really appreciate how courteous he was and the time he spent explaining the issues at hand. Will definitely call back!!
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Elizabeth Tschetter
2 months ago
I was REALLY impressed with Ben Simmons. We constantly seem to have animals burrowing under our front steps. I couldn't stand it any longer at the point something chewed through the insulation into our basement from under the stairs. Ben came out to our home in Topeka, assessed the situation, and immediately got to work. He obviously knew exactly how to fix our animal issue. I was able to ask him what and why he was taking specific actions, and I can't get over how polite and friendly he was. Not only that, but he gave me some tips to avoid this issue in the future, which made me think he really does care about the quality of his work, and Advantage isn't just trying to make money. Hopefully I can avoid needing this service again in the future, but if I need assistance again, I'm going to specifically request Ben Simmons.
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Chris Paulsen
2 months ago
I had some worries that my house might have an infestation. I called and spoke with Jon, he had a few suggestions to confirm how severe it was, sadly all the questions he asked were true. He said he would come take a look, and was at my house in almost no time. He looked around and gave me a quote that was very reasonable, they did what they needed and were gone without damaging anything. I would recommend them to anyone, especially Jon, thank you for all your help and keep up the great work!
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Justin Wallace
2 months ago
Ben came out to deal with a squirrel issue. He was exceptionally efficient, professional, and did a fantastic job. I haven't seen any signs of disturbance since he did his work. Would definitely use him again!