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Moles
Latin NameTalpa europaea
Lengthup to 18cm

Garden Mole Control

Moles are predominately rural pests. If present in sufficient numbers, their burrowing can damage plant roots, make land unstable, make the ground difficult to walk on and damage machinery by throwing up stones and rubble.

On wasteland this may not be a problem but if your livelihood depends on the land, moles are a pest. So farmers, nurserymen and sports grounds men often consider moles to be more than a nuisance. There is no evidence moles spread any diseases to livestock or humans.

The garden mole

The garden mole or northern mole has a grey, slate coloured velvety pelt and is about fifteen centimetres in length. The mole’s front paws are paddle shaped, perfectly evolved for the vast amount of digging they do. As they are designed for digging, moles have strong, front legs and a pointed snout.

Subterranean living creatures, they have poor eyesight. Fur covers their eyes and ears to protect them from the soil of their underground habitat. But they have good hearing – moles interpret vibrations in the tunnels to detect food like earthworms or possible predators.

They feed on insects, earthworms and occasionally seeds but do not directly destroy plants and crops. The tunnel digging can damage young roots of plants and crops and poor plant and crop development is sign of moles.

Life cycle

Moles are solitary creatures for most of the year. They socialise during the breeding season, which runs from February through to June each year. Moles, unlike other pests, are not prolific breeders. They only have one litter per year, with four to six young born each year.

What to look for

Raised piles of soil, known as mole hills are the most obvious sign of mole infestation. Newer molehills have loose soil. The complex tunnel system, they live and eat in are segregated and the feeding tunnel is just below the surface because their main food source – the earthworm – is plentiful at this level. Living tunnels are much deeper to keep them safe from predators.

Mole pest control – DIY

If you only have a few molehills, flatten them with a roller, to discourage the moles from returning. If you have numerous molehills, you need advice from a professional pest control expert.

Professional mole pest control

Professional pest controllers use a variety of methods to deal with moles. The number of molehills is not indicative of many moles, so the pest control method used varies. One mole can cause extensive damage on its own.

Shooting of moles is sometimes used but it is often unsuccessful. Traps are one pest control method used by professional mole catchers with varying results. Moles, sensitive to vibration often avoid the area, if they sense a disturbance, so skill is required for trap to work. Other methods employed include gassing with Phostoxin or Talunex are effective and do not leave harmful residue on the soil afterwards.

For more information about effective garden mole control, please call us on 0800 690 6920.

Moles Pest Control

Our BPCA certified Technicians provide safe, effective solutions to get rid of moles with as little disruption to your business as possible. Professional trapping or fumigation with phostoxin or Talunex are the most effective ways to control moles.  Phostoxinl will decompose after use into a small pile of greyish powder. This has no residual effect on soil and will not harm plant life in the treated area.

If you have a mole problem, we can promptly arrange a tailored treatment plan to effectively take care of it with the minimum of fuss.

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