Control of moles
"Most gardens and lawns suffer some damage by moles tunneling under crops, injuring sod and causing unsightly washes. The common moles found in Missouri feed largely on earthworms, grubs, cutworms, beetles, and other harmful underground pests, and only rarely do they eat corn or other planted seeds or bits of roots. The familiar injury to bulbs, potatoes, and sweet potatoes is not the work of moles. Certain field mice, which may also inhabit mole tunnels, or gophers cause that damage. By feeding on harmful underground lawn and crop pests and by stirring the soil moles would be decidedly beneficial, if they did not at the same time damage crops and lawns by their burrowing activities. Where erosion is not serious, moles may be beneficial in meadows, pasture, and waste areas."--Page 1.