Moles tend to be a year-round problem, although you may not see a mole it is easy to see that you have a mole problem by the molehills they make. If moles are causing problems in your garden, vegetable patch or flower bed then there are things that can be done to control them or move them elsewhere.
What are Moles?
Moles are rarely seen on the surface as they live the majority of their lives underground. They dig tunnels to create an underground network to move around in, pushing excess soil to the surface creating the molehills we often see around.
Moles are carnivores, they tend to feed on earthworms and other invertebrates that are easily found in their underground tunnel systems. So, any damage moles cause to plants and crops are just caused by the moles lifestyle, which is unfortunately an inconvenience to us!
If you have molehills in your garden then you need to remove the mound before you can mow the grass, also any collapsed tunnels should be filled to keep your lawn level.
Although moles are active all year round, they reach a peak in late winter trough to early spring.
Signs of a mole problem are quite obvious, look out for molehills, disruption to flowerbeds and roots of seedlings.
Mole Control and Prevention
Mole Traps – Most garden centres sell mole traps; these traps will kill the moles causing problems in your garden and they are considered a humane method of control. If you are unsure how to correctly use these traps, then you should call a professional pest controller to come and properly deal with your mole infestation.
How to use a trap
· Place the trap in a tunnel around 10 – 20cm below the surface, but not directly under a molehill.
· Tunnels can be located by using a stick and probing under a fairly recent molehill.
· Open the tunnel causing as little disturbance as possible and set the jaws of the trap in alignment with the depth and direction of the tunnel. Make sure it’s a snug fit.
· There is no need to use bait, just cover the trap to stop light and draughts getting into the tunnel.
· Check trap daily.
· Moles should be caught, however sometimes moles can push soil into the trap. If this happens then simply reset the trap.
You can also us live capture traps, you need to check these traps at least twice a day so that the captured mole can be released before starvation and stress kills it. If you catch a live mole then it needs to be released at least one mile from where you caught it and you must have permission from the landowner and ensure the environment is correct for the moles lifestyle before you release it.
Mole Netting – Mole netting is available to buy, this will prevent moles coming to the surface and making molehills. This netting does need to be laid before turf is laid.
Mole Repellents – You can buy a mole repellent smoke that emits caster oil fumes. This deters worms from entering the moles tunnels forcing the moles to move on to find food.
Electronic Devices – These work by emitting a buzzing sound that drives moles away. However, you should bear in mind this may just be to another part of your garden.
If you are unsure on using any of the mole control methods, then you can contact a professional pest controller. Pestcotek Ltd are registered mole catchers with the APMC and BMCR. Call us today for a free quotation to help resolve your mole problems. – 0800 092 1979
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