Moles and Grubs in Your Lawn

Advice for the Home Gardener from the
Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program
of Contra Costa County

Home Gardener's Request:
  Thank you for calling the UC Master Gardener Program Help Desk concerning moles in your lawn. I'm sending links (below) for the information that we promised.

Master Gardener Help Desk Response: 
For Moles:
You mentioned that you have had grubs previously, and it may be that moles are still present because grubs are a food source for them. If you can eliminate the grubs, the moles may move on. The above 'pest note' link (above) suggests that trapping is the most dependable control method for moles, and it gives detailed information should you decide this is necessary.

For Grubs:  The links following also provide some information on lawn grubs:
This link gives more details about treatment:

Turf Management:  Finally, UC has an extensive website on general lawn management at:

Most control methods for grubs are only effective while they are actively feeding and as we move into the colder part of the year, grubs are not so active. You can check your lawn by rolling back a bit of turf to see if grubs are present. If the mole damage is not too great, you might want to wait until spring to reassess the situation. Meanwhile, plan on giving your lawn the best care, with adequate irrigation and care and not to over-fertilize. This will give it the lawn its best chance to withstand pest damage.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Help Desk again.
Good luck with your lawn!

Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County (SMW)

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