What do moles eat?
By Vinny from Kingston, NY
The teeth of a mole indicate the characteristics of its food and general behavior. In several respects, moles are much more closely related to carnivorous or flesh-eating mammals than to rodents. A mole's diet consists mainly of the insects, grubs, and worms it finds in the soil. Moles are thought to damage roots and tubers by feeding on them, but rodents usually are to blame.
Moles eat from 70 to 100 percent of their weight each day. A mole's appetite seems to be insatiable. Experiments with captive moles show that they will usually eat voraciously as long as they are supplied with food to their liking. The tremendous amount of energy expended in plowing through soil requires a correspondingly large amount of food to supply that energy. Moles must have this food at frequent intervals.
Grubs, worms and other under ground bugs and unfortunately I think they will eat selective plant roots. Aka those flowers you just planted!
A moles main diet is earthworms each mole will consume about forty pounds of worms a year. They will also eat other insects also such as grubs and any other larvae that might be in your lawn or garden. A grub is an extra good treat to the moles!
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What do ground moles eat?
By J from USA
I have always heard they eat grubs and other little worm-like creatures.
From wikipedia: A mole's diet primarily consists of earthworms and other small invertebrates found in the soil and also a variety of nuts. Because their saliva contains a toxin that can paralyze earthworms, moles are able to store their still living prey for later consumption.
Grubs & worms. I think.
They eat worms. Earthworms and grub worms.
What to moles feast on for their food. Not that I want to keep them in my garden, but I'd like them to stop. I do not have any trees just those fragrant gardenias, jasmine, and azaleas.
It is my understanding that moles eat grub worms. If you treat your lawn for grub worms, the moles will go away because they won't have a food supply. (05/25/2005)
By Cheryl from MO
Moles eat grubs, a fat whitish worm that is underground. In summer turns into Japanese beetles which eats up the roses, grub treatment like "milky spore" takes a few seasons of treatment, but last 10 or more years. I go out and pick off the Japanese beetles and put them into soapy water in a coffee can. The less beetles, the less grubs, and the less moles. Moles won't eat your plants, but voles will and they use mole tunnels. They love bulbs. (05/25/2005)
My mother used the following two methods to encourage moles to move on, both worked. Drop a piece of Juicy Fruit gum down the hole (unwrapped). For some reason this is the only flavor they go for. Her other remedy was to pour a couple of tablespoons or more of mineral oil down the holes. (05/25/2005)
I used to use one of those spinning things you see stuck in people's yards, a pinwheel. That did it. There's no reason to kill an animal just because you don't want it around. Just make them move on. It's their planet, too. (08/10/2005)
Well, my cat brought me a baby mole today and we don't have visible nests around our house so I went trumping through two acres of wooded land looking for it's home. Anyways, I talked to the zoo and wildlife center and a couple other places and they all told me that if you want to return it to the wild, just find it's home and leave it there and make sure to wear gloves cause mama won't take it back if it has your scent. Just thought I would let you all know. Hopefully my cat won't bring me anymore moles, at least with mice and bunnies I know what to do. Ha ha. Good luck to you all! (04/20/2007)
They will also eat bread or worms. I have a baby mole so I know what to feed it. (06/04/2007)
By Katie of KY
I was told for a baby mole go get Esbilac from a pet store. It's a puppy formula. And try to get them to eat that. It's not an easy thing to do though. I have been trying to get my 4 pups to eat for the last couple of days. When they get bigger they will eat the bugs and worms, but when they are little they still need their momma's milk. (09/15/2007)
Steve got it right. Although yes a mole can bite, but it is very rare. Just get yourself an aquarium like he said. Fill it 3\4 of the way up with regular soil from your backyard, and keep it stocked with nice fat worms and crickets that you can get live from any bait and tackle shop. While it is very hard to dig him out of his tunnels once he has dug them in the aquarium it is much like having a giant ant habitat. You can watch him dig his little tunnels and crawl through them. They are great for kids or for a classroom. Oh yeah and just like he said, for water just cut a sponge into a square to fit a very shallow dish or lid and keep it wet, the mole will drink its water from that. (02/23/2008)
They eat worms, grubs, and slugs. So there you have it. (12/07/2008)
By crazy woman
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Moles eat fish, worms, night crawlers, and roots.