Mole control services for homeowners and commercial business to rid moles from your lawn, yard or garden. Using effective pest techniques gives us a high success rate and the best mole control management to help rid moles from your turf and property.
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We are proud members of the British Mole Catchers Register.
Reasons for Mole Control
Where the grass gets grown for silage, this rapidly deteriorates if contaminated by earth from molehills. The area of the molehill prevents grass from growing and allows weeds to grow, leading to rapid deterioration of pastureland.
Stones brought to the surface by moles can damage the cutter bars of mowing machines and harvesters.
Moles working under the roots of crops can cause the plants to either have stunted growth or to die due to soil drying out.
On racecourses or gallops, the presence of moles is a danger to horse and rider. On lawns, playing fields or golf courses, they disfigure the areas, allowing weeds to become established.
Methods of Controlling Moles
There are two main methods of mole control that pest control companies will use, these are either:
Due to gassing being in our opinion only 60-70% successful, and potentially highly dangerous sustenance we as a company will catch moles. Catching moles has the advantage of showing you our success rate by the physical mole.
Trapping the Moles
We use 4 types of traps:
- Putange Mole Trap
- Duffus Tunnel Mole Trap
- Scissor Mole Trap
- Talpex Mole Trap
To suit individual situations and soil types. These are placed between molehills in the tunnel system and marked with small flags for location later. We re-visit within 12-24 hours of traps being set and re-inspect all traps for either mole in the traps or disturbance at the trap.
We will trap until all moles get caught, once we have captured all the moles, one or two further visits will be carried out to make sure no more moles are in the runs.
We charge for mole trapping by use of a set price in gardens and small paddocks, or by price per mole caught on farms or vast acres.
Our policy is no moles caught we do not charge.
If any activity is found within 14 days of us finishing trapping service, we will trap free of charge until the problem gets resolved.
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What the Mole Looks Like
The mole belongs to the mammalian order Insectivore, meaning an animal that eats insects.
Colour: Silver grey to black
Eyes: Small and hidden in the fur
Tail: Relatively short and covered in hairs
Weight: Adult – 70-100g
Litter: 1 litter per year
Litter Size: 2 to 7
Maturity: 5 weeks
Average lifespan: 3 years
Smell – Both male and female moles have a pair of scent glands beneath the skin. The scent glands are connected to the duct which discharges urine from the bladder thus allowing tunnel systems, and in the breeding season, for moles to know the sex of the individual mole occupying the tunnel system.
The scent left on traps by the human hand could make the mole avoid them, therefore weathering of traps, i.e. burying in the soil for many days before use and avoiding touching with bare hands (unless rubbed in the earth) before setting, seems to give better results.
Harmful substances used to kill or deter moles from tunnels can be detected. If detected in time, the mole will often block up tunnels to avoid them.
Touch – Sensory hairs or vibrissae are under the chin, on the snout and in tufts on both sides of the face behind the ears. The backs of the front feet are equipped with stout hairs. The tail is covered in sensory hairs. The rear is held semi-erect ad brushes against the tunnel walls, enabling the mole to pick up information, like vibrations passing through the earth.
The sense organs on the muzzle allow the mole to locate food and probe into tunnel walls etc. to find additional prey.
Hearing – Well developed. Hearing plays a part in finding food, detecting predators and the presence of other moles in the tunnel system.
Sight – The mole’s eyes are hidden within the fur. However, the mole’s eyes are fully formed. The eyesight is of little use to the mole, spending most of its life underground. However, moles can distinguish between light and dark.
Taste – Little is known on this subject but moles, when eating earthworks, pass the worms through their forepaws to remove earth from the as worms before eating.
Mole Tunnelling Systems
Moles tend to be solitary by nature and spend the majority of their lives in the tunnel network. These are complex tunnels of permanent or temporary tunnels.
The mole constructs these tunnels using its spade-like forepaws. A mole digs its burrows with alternate front paws, holding its body against the tunnel walls with its back limbs. The soil is moved behind the mole’s body. Once there is a suitable amount of dirt, the mole turns in the tunnel and pushes the dirt to the surface, creating a new molehill or contributing to an existing one.
Two types of tunnels get created: surface tunnels and deep tunnels.
Surface Tunnels – visible as a raised ridge of soil, and is common in newly cultivated soil and light, sandy soil. These are temporary structures and should not be used for trapping or baits.
Deep Tunnels – This is the primary system used by the mole to create a nest site in the breeding season and an area to catch earthworms and other invertebrates.
Mole Fortresses – From time to time amongst molehills, a far larger molehill will appear. You find the larger molehill is usually in areas which are liable to flooding. In areas subject to flooding, the ‘fortress’ will give a retreat. The mole’s nest will be dry, and stores of worms will sustain the mole until the waters recede.
In shallow soils where moles are forced to sleep near the surface, the ‘fortress’ will insulate the nest from cold.
The main food of the mole is the earthworm. Moles do however consume other soil invertebrates, particularly insect larvae and grubs.
Most of the mole’s food is found in the tunnel systems. The mole regular patrols the tunnels, the mole feeding and sleeping patterns are roughly four hours. If there is a large food source, earthworms are immobilised by a bite to the head, and they get stored until needed.
Moles are active all year round and don’t hibernate.
The Mole Breeding Season
The breeding season starts in February and lasts to June. The gestation period is four weeks, and the young are born, blind and without fur. The mother feeds them for 4-5 weeks, and after this period, they leave the nest and catch food for themselves.
Shortly, they will leave the nest site and search for a home of their own. During this period, as they usually to move above ground, they are at their most vulnerable and fall victim to predators like birds.
Control of mole pests
When catching moles, we follow the industry guidelines, top products and our experience as mole catchers. Taking care to find the mole without disrupting all wildlife nearby and minimise disturbance on your land. If you require services to control moles call us on 0114 3491098
Apex Pest Control are members of the British Mole Catcher Register.