How to deal with Mole Mayhem in your garden. Moles are rarely seen as these mammals live mostly underground. They dig out a system of tunnels and chambers, and dispose of the excavated soil by throwing up molehills. Moles cause a lot of damage to agriculture and soil from molehills can be a potential source of disease for livestock. It is essential you put in to place a system to control moles and reduce the damage to any livestock or agriculture you may have. This expert led guide will tell you all you need to know to control and get rid of moles and the products you can use to help.
Moles are burrowing insectivores and can grow to be 6 to 8 inches long. Mole infestations are difficult to deal with because they constantly build new feeding tunnels and don’t always use the same one twice. You should be able to spot entry and exit mounds pushed up in a volcano-fashion by the mole. Typically, mole runways are 12 – 18 inches underground. You should expect to see more moles during warm, wet months however they do live underground all year round. This constant presence of moles can’t be ignored and must be dealt with efficiently and professionally.
Before we get into how to get rid of moles we’d like to clear up some common myths associated with moles. Firstly, moles are not blind rodents. Mole’s eyes have thin layer of skin which is designed to prevent dirt getting in them, they also tend to be small and can see shapes, light and movement. However, a moles hearing is more limited compared to its vision because their ears have no openings therefore they have to sense sound through vibrations in the soil. Many people also say that moles eat plant roots, however this is not the case. They are only interested in plant roots because they are insectivores and they like worms, grubs and other insect larvae which live among these roots. If you notice plants disappearing you may have gophers not moles. Mole holes are more conical whereas voles eat plant roots and use existing mole tunnels.
There are many different products offered to control moles from scarers to traps, some people swear by milk bottles or children windmills in the run. However the only sure fire method to getting rid of moles is by using one of the many spring traps that are available. These traps all use the same basic method of use, which is:-
Step 1: Locate the run by selecting two fresh mole hills between 1m and 3m apart.
Step 2: Push a probe into the ground, prodding at 3-5cm intervals in a straight line, perpendicular to the line joining the two mole hills and 50cm from one of the mole hills. You will know when you hit a run as the probe will ‘give’ suddenly.
Step 3: Using a spade dig out a section of turf, making sure the hole is aligned with the run,
Step 4: Using a trowel clear any loose earth from the run and tamp down the base with a tamper.
Step 5: Arm the trap, being careful to keep you fingers well away from the killing area.
Step 6: Place the trap in the hole and carefully cover the area around with the removed turf. You must ensure there is no light entering the tunnel.
Step 7: Await success but make sure any gaps around the trap remain sealed. Check the trap every 24 hours.
Product 1: Beagle Mole Trap (Highly Recommended)
The Beagle Easy Set Mole Trap is the most simple and effective way to get rid of moles in your garden. This trap uses a simple ‘plunger’ action to arm it and with little setup the trap is ready to work. It’s highly effective crimped killing bars ensure a quick clean kill every time and a kill is easily identified as the plunger handle will revert to it’s ‘up’ position. We recommend this trap for any home user because of the much more simple setting compared to conventional mole traps.
Product 2: Talpex Style Mole Trap
This mole trap also features a highly effective trigger mechanism and is much more effective than cheaper versions which rust solid after a couple of seasons and are more likely to mis-fire.
Product 3: Duffus Style Mole Trap
The Duffus Style barrel mole trap is used by professionals because of its effective trigger mechanism. This is a high-quality mole trap and reduces chances of a ‘mis-fire’ increasing the chance of catching the mole.
Product 4: Mole Run Probe
The mole run probe is an essential bit of equipment when dealing with moles. In order to trap moles you need to know where their runs are located. This robust run-discovery probe allows you to quickly locate runs so you can set traps with minimum effort.
Moles are a big problem to many of us in our gardens and with our livestock. However, an effective product combined with good knowledge can lead to success every time. Each trap suits each person and one may find one trap better than the other. We highly recommend following all safety advice for each trap and seeking professional help if needed. Get in touch with our expert team who are here to help if you have any questions or problems.
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