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Moles

While you've probably never seen them, you may have seen their tunnels running across your lawn or through your garden beds.

We're talking about moles. These small mammals definitely frustrate some gardeners, but the good news is they usually don't cause any lasting damage. In fact, they're often considered beneficial creatures because they feed on white grubs, mole crickets, and other pest insects that might otherwise harm your plants.

If you have mole activity in your landscape, try to learn to live with the tunnels. Just scout your landscape periodically and press any disturbed soil back in place. If the tunnels become intolerable, several traps are commercially available. Or you can try capturing the moles by creating a pitfall trap and then relocating them.

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