Broad Footed Mole

No matter where you live, whether there is a foot of snow on your yard or it is nice and warm, it is likely that a wondrous creature is, right now, at work in or near your yard. This creature has more ability to sense the things going on around him than a sophisticated space probe. It can even hear earthworms chewing beneath the ground. This wondrous and misunderstood creature is the mole. 

But let's start by getting rid of some myths about the mole. Although his eyes are tiny and often hidden by fur, the mole is not, as some people think, blind. Moles don't run very well across the ground because they are made for digging. Their front feet have claws for digging which are so specialized that the mole must walk on its knuckles. The mole's nose and tail have vibration sensors that are more sensitive than any that man's science has been able to make. These sensors are composed of thousands of parts, and allow the mole to hear and locate the grubs chewing on the roots of your lawn - even through several feet of soil! In one year's time a mole can eat almost 60 pounds of grubs - more than enough grubs to kill a fair-sized lawn. Every creature has a purpose, whether we understand it or not.

Although you might not like the little trails which moles leave in your lawn, the trails are quite harmless. The thing to remember is that there is a mole on patrol in your yard!

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