Moles

    Due to exceptionally wet and mild winters, the mole population has been increasing across the UK in recent years – hence the need for mole control using the latest mole catching and mole trapping techniques. The primary problem with moles is the tunnels. They can leave ridged tunnels all over a lawn. They are not necessarily harmful, but can ruin your nice landscaping or yard. The average life span of a mole is around four years.

What do they eat?

A mole’s diet primarily consists of earthworms and other small invertebrates found in the soil. The mole may also occasionally catch small mice at the entrance to its burrow. Because their saliva contains a toxin that can paralyze earthworms, moles are able to store their still living prey for later consumption. They construct special underground “larders” for just this purpose; researchers have discovered such larders with over a thousand earthworms in them. Before eating earthworms, moles pull them between their squeezed paws to force the collected earth and dirt out of the worm’s gut.

Pest Status

Moles are considered to be agricultural pests in some countries, while in others, such as Germany, they are a protected species but may be killed if a permit is received. Problems cited as caused by moles include contamination of silage with soil particles making it unpalatable to livestock, the covering of pasture with fresh soil reducing its size and yield, damage to agricultural machinery by the exposure of stones, damage to young plants through disturbance of the soil, weed invasion of pasture through exposure of fresh tilled soil, and damage to drainage systems and watercourses. Other species such as weasels and voles may use mole tunnels to gain access to enclosed areas or plant roots. Moles burrow lawns, raising molehills, and killing the lawn, for which they are sometimes considered pests. They can undermine plant roots, indirectly causing damage or death. However, contrary to popular belief, moles do not eat plant roots. They are controlled with traps such as mole-catchers, smoke bombs, and poisons such as calcium carbide and strychnine, which is now banned in Britain. The most common method now is Phostoxin or Talunex tablets. They contain aluminium phosphide and are inserted in the mole tunnels, where they turn into phosphine gas. More recently high grade nitrogen gas has proven an effective remedy, with the added advantage of having no polluting effect to the environment. However, in many gardens, the damage caused by moles to lawns is mostly visual, and it is also possible to simply remove the earth of the molehills as they appear, leaving their permanent galleries for the moles to continue their existence underground.

How can I get rid of them?

WestPest Pest Control Hampshire provides professional Mole pest control and removal services covering Haslemere, Hindhead, Grayshott,  Petersfield, Liss, Bordon, Alton, Liphook and surrounding areas. We have a professional and very experienced team of experts in all kinds of pest control and can respond to your call quickly. If your call is urgent then please call 01428 714660 or 07973 493084 for an immediate response.  

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