HOW TO GET RID OF GARDEN MOLES IN KENT?
Garden moles are widespread through Britain, but absent from Ireland and, in the main, cause us very few issues… except when their mole hills suddenly appear overnight, dotted around the lawn of your Kent garden!
Solitary creatures, they live in a system of tunnels, preferring loose, sandy soil full of earthworms and other insects. For gardeners, estate managers, farmers and others, moles can be a constant and real nuisance but, the good news is, with the service of a professional and expert pest control company such as SOS, you can, once again, enjoy a mole-free garden.
The mole – what you need to know
Moles are around 15 to 20cm in length and have grey/black velvet looking fur, something that has earned their name, ‘The Velvet Gentleman’. Their front ‘paws, almost seem too big for their body but they act as effective ‘shovels’ as they tunnel through soil.
Interesting mole fact!
It has been found, after studying moles, that they eat every 4 hours, regardless of whether it is day or night.
Industrious animals, the mole can burrow up to 100 metres a night, and then check their tunnels for any repairs needed, as well as any food sources – worms or insects – keeping their network of paths and tunnels in tip top condition. The molehill, the scourge of many gardeners and land managers, is actually the waste heap from the mole’s tunnelling activities.
Consuming around 50g of worms a day, they also eat a variety of beetles and their larvae; virtually blind, the mole has exceptional hearing and smell, meaning they can detect their food within a few metres as well as sensing danger
Not one tunnel, but two!
Moles actually dig two sets of tunnels; the top layer of tunnels are just below the surface, only around 4 to 5 cm deep. These are dug by males, looking for females in the breeding season from February to June. The second set of tunnels are used for breeding; they breed in these deep tunnels or holes, which can be anything from 5 to 20cm deep.
Interesting mole fact!
Can you spot a molehill bigger than the others? This suggests it is a breeding or nesting tunnel!
With a life span of around 3 years, female moles produce litters of around 3 to 5 young and, apart from the breeding season, moles are solitary animals, rarely seeking the company of other moles or animals. Neither are they territorial; if a mole vacates their tunnel system, the mole ‘next door’ will simply move in.
Signs of a mole infestation
The most obvious are molehills, dotted around a field, lawn or garden; a clear indication that a mole has moved in to the ground beneath your feet. On one hand, unless you have a prized garden, you may not be too worried but, in all honesty, moles cause more than just a few, unsightly mole hills.
Their tunnelling activities can cause subsidence. Moles can develop complex tunnelling systems that can be several metres longs; with double tunnels during the breeding season and the tunnels of other moles criss-crossing too, the ground can become unstable. Heavy rain, along with life stock or walking on it can cause it to give way.
And so, subsidence and collapse are two of the problems that moles can cause. Add to this the fact that plants and trees etc. can also be compromised by their tunnelling activities – roots are damaged – you can soon see why they become a nuisance.
Interesting mole fact!
The amount of soil moved by one mole has been calculated as being the equivalent of one person moving 4 tonnes in 10 minutes – from a depth of half a metre!
Common to one place?
Moles prefer sandy, free-draining soil, simply because it is easy to tunnel through. Moles are also found in areas where the soil is poorly maintained and used little as they don’t like being disturbed. You may find too, that late winter and early spring are optimum times for moles to be digging up your garden!
And the solution is…
Don’t bother wasting time and money on DIY mole traps and other ineffective solutions as the best and most effective method of controlling and eradicating moles is to call your local, expert pest control company. SOS Pest Control has years of experience in eradicating moles from gardens, equestrian centres and agricultural lands.
Don’t forget that many animals and birds are protected in the UK from harm and suffering, and this includes any animal seen as a pest, including moles. SOS’s professional mole catcher and removal services work within these laws.
Pest controller divides mole control measures in to three areas;
- Deterrents – there are various products that deter moles, although some are more effective than others. Some are sonic devices that omit an audible, unpleasant sound that moles can hear but humans cannot.
- Traps – most pest controllers will humanely trap moles and relocate them back to their natural habitat or humanly exterminate them. Like most ‘pests’, moles are actually important to the ecological balance of an area and so attempting to eradicate them completely is not the answer.
- Poisons – as a last resort, and in cases where the infestation is deemed out of control, pest controllers holding specialist certification can gas moles using a mix of chemicals.
Moles – too big a problem to handle?
For domestic customers, a local pest control company such as SOS, can deal with a mole problem quickly and easily; for agricultural customers, such as farms and livery stables etc., the solution is longer term control measures, again which can be provided by a professional pest control company.
If you have a mole problem at home or at your business, please give us a call to discuss your individual needs. SOS have a specialist mole catcher service throughout Kent.