Moles

  The need for mole control,why trap moles?

The need for mole Control and mole trapping.

 

The mole (Talpa europea) is one of our most common wild mammals, but due to its subterranean lifestyle it is probably one of the least seen. For many people the only evidence of their existence are the mounds of earth (mole hills) seen in woods, parks, gardens and fields.

Moles unlike rats and mice pose little, or no direct threat to human health, so why is there a need for mole control?

It is the vast underground network of tunnels and piles of soil that moles create which give us cause for concern. A single mole can excavate around eighteen feet of tunnel in an hour and are active for periods of four to five hours both day and night which equates to around 200 feet of tunnel system in 24 hours, now that’s a lot of soil which means a lot of mole hills.

The facts and figures used above are taken from my own experiences as a traditional mole catcher and are subject to other factors being taken into account such as the time of year, weather conditions and soil type.

Mole control on farms.

 

The soil which the moles push to the surface cover the grass reducing the amount of grazing area available to live stock and can contaminate silage with bacteria such as listeria.

These mounds of soil can quickly become covered with weeds, which is also detrimental to areas of pasture. The mole tunnels and mole hills create uneven ground, soft spots or piles of stony soil which can cause injury to livestock especially horses or damage farm machinery.

Areas of arable land can also suffer from mole activity, with the moles tunnel systems causing damage to the roots of young plants resulting in the wilting of crops which can reduce the yield.

Mole control on amenity areas.

 

Some of the mole control carried out on amenity areas can be for purely aesthetic reasons, but the majority is carried out for practical, financial or safety reasons, for example moles on a bowling green, cricket pitch, football pitch, or golf course is simply impractical, it may result in a loss of revenue to the facility providers and cause damage to grass cutting machinery. In public gardens or parks walkers, joggers, the elderly or children may trip on the uneven ground, the moles may undermine footpaths or wall footings and members of the public could be at risk of injury.

Mole control in gardens.

Besides the most obvious damage, (the molehills across your lawn) it is the network of underground tunnels the mole creates which can present a much greater threat, by undermining footpaths, driveways, ponds, shallow foundations and flowerbeds.

History books say that in 1702, William the third’s horse stumbled on a molehill at Hampton Court and he was thrown, breaking his collarbone.

External link to DEFRA, review of methods used within the European Union to control theEuropean Mole, Talpa Europaea

I provide traditional mole trapping services to farms, golf courses public and private gardens in Kent.