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Moles are not as slow as you think

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By Dennis Morgeson

Did you know that the eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus), so prevalent in Kentucky lawns, gardens and pastures, is not a rodent?  The mole belongs to the order of mammals called Insectivores, the insect eaters.  Their food is chiefly earthworms, but they also feed on grubs, ants, beetles, slugs, snails, spiders, and centipedes etc.  In other words, to control moles by removing their food source, you would need an almost sterile soil.  The mole seldom eats vegetable matter but causes its damage by uprooting turf, vegetables or other plants.


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