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Mole Control & Removal

When we think of pests, we usually think of some kind of insect invading our home. But really a pest can be anything that is just that... a pest. In this sense then, moles can definitely come into the pest category.

Moles need to be controlled for several reasons, primarily due to the damage they create as part of their lifestyle. Tunnels can cause lawns to collapse and the obvious damage from molehills is both unsightly and can damage grass cutting machinery.

Mole Prevention

A mole will eat up to 200 worms a day.
A mole will eat up to 200 worms a day. The most effective method to prevent almost every pest is to remove their food source. This is possible with earthworms, but not easy mainly due to the job worms provide to the soil.

It is a fact of good lawns, that if you have good lawns – there is a high possibility that moles will also be a threat.

Proofing is possible, but again not easy. The aim would be to install a physical barrier between the sub-floor surface where the moles tunnel and the surface, where they expel their unrequired soil. A wire or grid system is possible that is then recovered with soil and grass. Possible, but expensive – but then it depends on the value of the lawn surface. There is a theory that vibrations keep them away. Commercially available sonic devices, which are inserted into the ground, aim to create vibrations which are supposed to discourage moles. However, there is little scientific research into how effective this is in preventing activity.

Mole Removal Techniques

Preventing moles is either difficult to replicate the job of worms, or expensive due to the scale of area to protect. So control of the actual mole is usually the only method to eliminate their damage, and this is why it is important to call in pest control experts when you have a problem with moles. We know all of the best and least painful ways to tackle mole removal issues, ensuring minimal pain for the moles, with the highest level of success.

The other reason why it is a good idea to call in pest control technicians to handle your mole removal problem is that they are very difficult to trap. There are a number of ways of undertaking mole control procedures, all of them requiring some level of skill. The biggest problem is quite obvious of course, in that as they live underground, equipment must be considered and position based on evidence and mole behaviour and in their darken world, they will escape at the first ‘light’ of danger when their tunnels system has been interfered with.

Traps and Gassing

Mole ruining gardenOne of the techniques used in mole removal is the mole trap. This requires a lot of patience. It also requires skill and experience to be able to effectively install them correctly. It is important to monitor the treatment location after the successful trapping of moles; while they are generally solitary creatures, neighbouring moles will quickly move in and occupy a vacant territory.

Another option when it comes to the control of moles is to use a gassing technique. Aluminium Phosphide are placed in strategic locations within the burrow network where they react with moisture in the soil and produce a chemical. This method cannot be used if the runs or burrows are within ten meters of an occupied building or water course.

Your best bet to achieve the best mole removal results is to call in professional pest control technicians. They will not only get rid of the moles, leaving your garden to recover from the assault, but they will do so humanely.