Moles in the Approach to Spring

A Prayer In Spring
By Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

Yes, Spring approaches and with it comes the moles. When you look out of your window do you see unsightly molehills where your lush green lawn should be? Don’t make a mountain out of it – Call PESTCOTEK. Consider the following information about the nature, signs and habits of moles in order to gain a better understanding of these curious creatures.

The European Garden Mole has slate-grey, velvet-like fur and short hand-like front feet: these ‘hands’ are used for the digging. Moles are around 15cm in body length and they weigh between 75g and 130g. They are solitary creatures except during the breeding season. The breeding season takes place between February and June. Typically, they bare one litter per year of 3-4 young. Earthworms, insect larvae and slugs are a mole’s food of preference.

You and your external commercial or domestic premises are most likely to experience the effects of mole behaviour when they have been creating extensive networks of feeding tunnels. It is very rare that you will see a mole. With the exception of the breeding season, they are solitary all year rounds and generally do not come above ground. When moles have dug a tunnel system, which can be 100 -1000 metres in length, the activity can damage the roots of young plants. It can also throw up stones and debris on to the surface of the ground. The results of this can be highly problematic and costly as machinery such as lawn mowers and combine harvesters can be damaged. Furthermore, livestock can injure their legs when they are walking on ground that has been undermined by mole tunnel systems. So: Farmers – Beware.

‘Molehills’ – that’s what we call the small mounds of earth that spring up on lawns and other similar external areas overnight. As soon as you see such a mound of earth on your external domestic or commercial premises call Pestcotek: prompt action is required. Another sign of inhabiting moles is distinctive raised ridges that can be seen on lawns. Such ridges are indicative of the presence of tunnels. There is good news in relation to these facts too. If you find molehills and ridges on your external commercial or domestic premises, bear in mind that the largest molehill is not necessarily always the newest. Moles can, in fact, build up to six new molehills within a period of twenty-four hours. The fact that you have found many molehills might not necessarily entail that there are many moles in that system.

When you have identified the signs of a mole problem, contact Pestcotek quickly. The sooner the better – we will be able to prevent them doing any further damage. The latest techniques will be employed to eliminate the problem such that you will be in a position to restore your external area to the state in which it was previously.