As you will know if you have a mole problem, moles can be very damaging to lawns, flower beds and vegetable patches. As well as ruining the appearance of gardens, burrows can kill roots and cause subsidence.
How to tell if you have a mole problem
Although the moles themselves are rarely seen, it is easy to spot a mole problem thanks to the distinctive molehills they make. Moles move fast, burrowing up to a 100 metres a night making hills of excavated earth. If left untreated, you will notice more and more mole hills popping up, that’s because moles never use the same tunnel to the surface twice.
How to get rid of moles
Once established moles can be very difficult to remove. Through many years of experience, we have learnt that a lot of the ‘tips’ for getting rid of moles don’t really work. Trying to scare moles away with a radio or chasing them with a spade is nearly always ineffective. Mole repellents can sometimes discourage moles, but they are likely to appear again in a different part of the garden.
We have found the best way of controlling these pests is to trap them. Not only is trapping is the safest and most humane way of removing moles, it’s also fast. However, although trapping is normally a quick solution to the problem, there are occasions when a prolonged trapping program is required.
Work with your neighbours to totally get rid of moles
If we had one bit of advice for getting rid of moles once and for all, it would be to take a collaborative approach with owners of nearby properties and land.
It is extremely frustrating if you have gone to the trouble of having moles trapped, only to have more moles move in from neighbouring gardens. We recommend consulting with neighbours to see if they will have the same type of work carried out at the same time.