Warm Weather Leads to Mole Problems in Northeast Ohio

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Furry creatures are ruining the landscape of homes in Lake County.

In Painesville, homeowners are frustrated and searching for answers.  Brian O’Neill of Park Road says, “Help! I don’t know what to do. I ran out of ideas.”

O’Neill is upset because what was once a lush sprawling lawn is now a landscape filled with holes.  He says furry creatures called moles have destroyed his front lawn and he says it’s only getting worse.

The moles, weighing only three to five ounces, live their entire lives beneath the surface of soils cultivated for flowerbeds or shrubbery.  Lawns adjacent to wooded areas are more prone to attack and if your neighbor has them, chances are you will too.

O’Neill has lived at the home for 16 years and has never noticed mole activity until last fall.  So why now?

A.J. Petitti of Petitti Garden Centers says mother nature is to blame.  Petitti says, “With the winter as mild as its been, one of the things you notice is that a lot that’s going on in your yard is usually going on underneath the snow.  And with all the warmer temperatures, a lot of grubs haven’t gone down as deep and a lot of the earth worms are a lot more present and you see the moles going after those food sources.”

The moles create underground tunnels that separate the roots of the lawn from the soil, causing grass to become dormant and dry out.  Petitti says spreading a product called MoleMax throughout a water saturated yard should chase the moles away.

It’s a resolution O’Neill hopes will work before the spring and summer seasons.

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