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How Much Does it Cost to Exterminate Moles?

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$50
Average Cost
$260
High
$550
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Some may think moles are adorable, harmless animals to have in the yard. Unfortunately however, they can easily destroy your lawn and garden by making hundreds of underground tunnels. If you suspect there are moles hanging out under your beautiful garden, professional removal or extermination might be the right choice.

There are two types of mole removal options: extermination and live removal. The cost to exterminate moles ranges between $170-$350, with the average homeowner spending around $260 on average infestation of 2-3 moles, treated with trapping and/or fumigation​.

Mole Pest Removal Cost

Mole Extermination Cost
National Average Cost$260
Average Range$170-$350
Minimum Cost$50
Maximum Cost$550


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Mole Extermination Cost by Project Range

Low
$50
Small infestation, 1 mole, treated with poisonous bait
Average Cost
$260
Average infestation, 2-3 moles, treated with trapping and/or fumigation
High
$550
Extensive infestation, 4 or more moles, treated with trapping and/or fumigation

Mole Extermination Cost by Method

Most mole extermination companies choose to trap and kill moles to address the infestation, but some combine fumigation with trapping depending on the extent of the tunneling. A few companies may offer live trapping for homeowners hoping for non-lethal treatment. The most common methods include poisonous bait, trapping, and fumigation.

Mole Extermination Cost

Mole Extermination Cost


ServiceAverage Price
Bait$50
Trapping$260
Fumigation​$260


Mole Bait Prices

Most mole exterminators charge a per-trip fee ranging from $40-$75 for poisonous bait services. The average infestation is just two to three moles and can be addressed in a single trip to set poisonous bait for an average cost of $50. An extensive infestation with complex tunneling and three or more moles may require more trips, increasing the cost to the homeowner. Not all exterminators offer bait services, as they are less effective than trapping or trapping and fumigation combined.

Mole Trapping Prices

Trapping is the most common and effective method for mole removal. Mole catching typically involves a skilled approach and includes identifying the location of tunnels, determining which tunnels are still active, and then strategically setting traps in tunnels that are at the ideal depth (typically the more shallow tunnels). Some traps kill moles, while others preserve life and require the exterminator to relocate the mole to an area where they are less likely to damage yards and gardens. Relocation is included in the cost when you choose this service.

Pest control companies usually charge a set-up fee ranging from $50-$150, and then a per-mole fee ranging from $20-$80. With an average set-up fee of $130 and an average per-mole fee of $50, that brings garden mole removal cost to $260 on average. The costs of kill trapping and live trapping are comparable in most circumstances. Some exterminators will combine fumigation and trapping, but the price remains consistent.

Mole Fumigation Prices

Mole fumigation isn’t often used alone because it is less effective than trapping. However, many exterminators will use a combination of trapping and fumigation. In these cases, yard mole removal costs using fumigation are comparable to mole trapping costs, at $260 on average. As is the case with trapping, expenses include a set-up fee and per-mole fee, so larger infestations will ring up a steeper bill.

Mole Exterminator Cost

Ground mole removal is practically a science in itself. It requires a strong understanding of mole behaviors, the ability to locate underground tunnel systems that are sometimes in excess of 10 inches below the surface, and often a combination of methods in order to remove moles permanently. Home remedies, poisonous baits, and fumigation are rarely effective without also trapping potential runaway pests. For this reason, most homeowners would rather hire a professional and pay lawn mole removal costs than tackle the problem on their own.

Rather than charging per hour, pest control professionals typically charge a per mole fee of $20-$80 to remove them from the property along with either a one-time set-up fee of $50-$150, or a per-trip fee ranging from $40-$75 per trip. This brings the total average cost for a typical infestation (2-3 moles) to $260.

Getting rid of moles can be relatively quick if the right approach is used the first time; in fact, mole removal can be done by a professional in just a few days, depending on the number of moles present.

Signs of Mole Infestation

Many homeowners recognize signs of infestation, but determining what kind of pest is present can be a bit more challenging. Spotting a mole is the easiest way to identify a problem; they have a unique look that makes them easy to identify. Moles are small, black, potato-shaped insectivores with a hairless snout and large, hairless forepaws. They have small beady, black eyes and are nearly blind.

It’s not uncommon to spot signs without ever spotting a mole, however, because moles prefer to be underground and rarely come out into plain sight. Without spotting a mole itself, homeowners will have to rely on the signs of infestation to identify the problem. Moles are carnivores and will not eat vegetation, so looking for signs of “nibbling” on garden produce is not an effective means of identifying a mole infestation. Signs that a mole infestation exists include:

  • Visible tunneling in the yard, which creates a “veiny” appearance on the surface
  • The appearance of holes that look similar to gopher holes; in fact, many homeowners need to consult a professional to tell the difference. The primary difference between a gopher hole and a mole hole is the mound they leave behind; the mound near a gopher hole is 10-20” across while the mound left by a mole, called a “molehill,” is closer to 2” across.
  • Mounds of dirt sitting on top of the lawn; moles leave mounds of dirt above ground as they burrow and dig.


Mounds made by moles in a yard


Mole Extermination Cost Factors

There are only two factors that will influence mole control prices: the number of moles present and the number of trips required by the exterminator. Because almost all exterminators charge either a per-mole fee ranging from $20-$80 or a per-trip fee ranging from $40-$75, the cost increases with additional moles and additional trips. The average number of moles removed is just two to three, although most homeowners are surprised to find there aren’t more based on the number of mounds and the damage done to their yard.

Large infestations will be more costly. An exterminator can typically guess at the number of moles during the set-up visit to give homeowners an estimate of total costs before they elect to move forward. Keep in mind that most companies charge for estimates and then apply that fee to the total cost of services if hired.

Mole Yard Damage

Mole damage to grass and gardens is common. Although moles are carnivorous, feasting on insects in lieu of garden veggies, they can still cause problems. By digging complex tunnel systems beneath the surface of yards and gardens (up to 160 feet of burrow in a single night), they can ruin the lawn, damage tree roots, and provide other pests with easy access to vegetation. Mole grass damage makes mole removal from their yards a priority for many homeowners.

Once moles are removed, many homeowners elect to hire a landscaper to repair mole damage to the lawn. This involves flatting veins, locating and filling in all holes, aerating the lawn, and replanting grass where holes and mounds have killed the pre-existing grass. It also requires ongoing fertilization and watering. This work costs $75 per hour on average, with total project costs ranging from $15-$600 depending on the extent of the damage.

Mole Damage to the House

Untreated mole infestation can lead to mole damage to the foundation of the house. The intricate and extensive tunneling beneath the ground can interrupt the freeze-thaw cycle under the foundation of the home, allowing water to pool in tunnels and leading to cracks in the foundation. Foundation repairs can be much more costly than yard repairs; in fact, the foundation inspection alone typically costs at least $500 with foundation crack repair ranging from $300-$2,000. Average mole damage, then, could set the homeowner back around $1,500.

Also, although less common, moles can gain entry to the home like mice, making their way through walls, cupboards, and other areas, leaving urine and droppings. Although it is very rare for a mole to enter the home, as they far prefer life underground, an indoor garden can attract them. The easiest way to get a mole out of the home is to open the door–they much prefer to be outside and are typically looking for a way out. To the extent possible, remove any food source to discourage their entry in the first place.

While moles are much less to eat through walls and create interior damage than mice, a professional is typically called to clean up droppings and urine once the mole is killed or trapped. The average cost for feces removal after infestation is $250 per hour.

All About Moles

Moles have unique features, making them easy to identify: pointy, hairless snout, black fur, small beady eyes, and large, webbed front feet for burrowing. Moles eat insects and dig complex underground tunnel systems beneath yards, gardens, golf courses, and fields, leaving mounds of dirt behind, disrupting the freeze-thaw cycle beneath the yard, and giving pests direct access to garden vegetation. As a result, these troublesome carnivores can cause damage to the foundation of your home, extensive lawn and garden damage, and even problems inside the home if there’s a way in. Perhaps most alarming, moles often carry rabies, putting both people and pets at risk.


Garden mole in soil


Where Do Moles Nest?

Although some homeowners might be surprised, moles prefer marshes, meadows, and woods over lawns, but have adapted to live in lawns and gardens when food is available and dirt allows for ease of digging. Lawns enriched with earthworms and peat moss create the ideal environment for a mole and will attract moles in the Eastern states and great plains, areas naturally inhabited by the star-nosed and eastern moles.

Moles build nests underground, padding 1 them with layers of soft, dry plant growth. While homeowners may desire to find and remove a mole nest in the yard, the nest itself causes no damage and does not need to be removed. Rather, a pest control specialist will focus on removal of the moles themselves. For this reason, the cost will not vary based on the presence of a nest but will vary based on the number of moles present in the yard.

Mole Extermination vs. Removal

Homeowners often request mole extermination rather than mole removal due to a misconception that extermination is more effective, but exterminators typically suggest removal. Because both live traps and kill traps are highly effective in remediating mole infestation and live traps are more humane, it’s simply the most recommended method of treatment. Homeowners might expect that relocation of moles is more costly and are often surprised to learn that professional mole removal cost is the same either way, averaging $260 whether live traps or kill traps are used. A large infestation with five moles and a per-mole rate on the high end of the range can cost as much as $550.

How to Prevent Moles in the Yard

One of the most important components of effective mole pest control is prevention. Homeowners in the Eastern states and Great Plains should take measures to prevent mole infestation in their yards and gardens. Common mistakes that attract moles to the yard or garden include:

  • Adding earthworms to compost 2; moles are carnivores and seek out environments that provide ample food. They’ll spend the most time in gardens enriched with earthworms.
  • Using mulch 2 in landscaping. Moles are attracted to mulch 3.
  • Adding peat moss to soil in flower beds or gardens. Peat moss softens the ground, making it easier for moles to burrow.

Aside from avoiding the mole-attracting landscaping decisions above, homeowners can also:

  • Build a barrier 24-30” below ground surrounding outdoor gardens
  • Hire a pest control specialist for chemical deterrent options
  • Incorporate mole-repelling plants into their landscaping, including crown imperial, narcissus, castor bean, and euphorbia lathyris.

If mole removal has already been performed, some companies offer a six-month guarantee, providing free services if moles return in that six month period.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • DIY. Homeowners will find a myriad of DIY treatments for moles online, ranging from ultrasonic transmitters to mothballs and chewing gum, but home remedies are typically unsuccessful in remediating a mole infestation. Trapping is the most effective remedy, and while it can be done at home, it requires a strong understanding of mole behavior and is easiest and most effective when done by a pro.
  • Careful with pets and kids if poison is used. Mole poison is substantially more poisonous for pets and children than mouse or rat poison, so you should buy only as much as you need, keep pets inside while you apply the product, burry the poison well and cover the holes, and, if possible, keep your pet away from that area or closely supervise them until the pest problem is under control and the bait is removed.

FAQ

  • Can exterminators get rid of moles?

Yes, many exterminators offer mole removal or extermination services, including live traps, poisonous bait, and fumigation. Mole removal services average $260.

  • How do you get rid of a mole infestation?

Most mole infestations require professional extermination services due to the complexity of the mole remediation process. The most common methods used to eliminate moles from the yard and garden include a combination of live traps and fumigation averaging $260, but sometimes poisonous bait averaging $50 is a viable option.

  • What is the fastest way to get rid of moles in your yard?

Trapping is the fastest, most effective way to eliminate moles from the yard or garden. An experienced trapper can identify active tunnels and set the traps in the most strategic locations for quick results.

  • How much does it cost to get moles trapped?

The cost to have moles trapped ranges depending on the number of moles in the yard, but the average cost for mole trapping is $260. Minor infestations (just one mole) can be as little as $50, while major infestations (more than 4 moles) can cost around $550.

  • How much does it cost to get rid of moles in my yard?

The cost ranges from $50 for a minor infestation to $550 for a major infestation. The average cost is $260.

  • What do you call to get rid of moles in your yard?

Pest control companies and exterminators in areas where moles are prevalent usually have the training and equipment needed to handle a mole infestation.

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glossary term picture Padding 1 Padding: A cushion placed under a carpet to absorb impact, thus extending the life of the carpet
2 Compost: (Also known as Mulch) A natural substance derived from plant, animal, or mineral matter that is added to soil in order to make it more fertile

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Cost to exterminate moles varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources.