Last week we received a call from a lady in a rural location who was concerned about moles ruining her garden. There were easily 40 moles hills all over her lawn. Apparently the gardener had already tried to catch the mole but with no success, which was the reason that the problem had got so bad. If traps are placed by someone inexperienced, it can actually exacerbate the problem due to the moles noticing the traps and building more tunnels around them. I set- up about 16 traps in the runs and knocked down the hills. I popped back over the weekend to check the traps, there were no new hills, and I discovered 5 moles in the traps which I removed! Five Moles is actually quite a few considering that they are a solitary animal, but due to the rural location this was not unreasonable. Needless to say the client was very happy with the result, and the gardeners will have to now go over the ground with a roller
Moles are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of without experience. There are a variety of traps that can be used to catch moles, and gas tablets can also be used dependant on the location of the problem. Personally I almost always use traps, it is slightly more expensive than using gas due to an additional visit being necessary, but is much more effective. I have not failed to catch a mole with traps in the last 8 months or so, and while as a company we do not guarantee mole treatments for obvious reasons, I would like to think that I must be one of the best mole catchers in Berkshire. The specific type of traps that I use are not available to the general public. We are lucky in England that we only have one species of mole, in the USA they have several different species! Do not feel bad about calling us to catch moles on your land as they are certainly not rare (current estimates stand at 9 million moles in England alone). While most people phone us due to lawns being damaged, even more importantly , moles are incredibly dangerous in livestock paddocks as the feeding tunnels are only a few centimetres below the surface, and a horse/other livestock can easily fall over and need costly veterinary attention.