The Velvet Gentleman, known by many as a cute, cuddly, wise character in many a children’s story, the mole is not an animal that causes people to be frightened of it, or find distasteful.
However, there are instances where the mole is not welcome and, when this is the case, the services of a professional pest controller are needed…
The problem with moles
Moles naturally live in woodlands, especially places where the soil is sandy and loose, meaning they can excavate their warren of tunnels quickly and easily.
Lone creatures, they eat earthworms and other insects and spend their lives in the dark; with incredibly poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell and touch, moles are odd looking creatures – with large hands for shifting large amounts of earth in any given day, and small pin-head eyes that can see barely anything.
They rarely make a nuisance of themselves but there are instances, both urban and rural, in which the presence of moles can cause problems…
- Molehills – moles live in tunnels that they create themselves with constant excavations. The waste heap of this excavation work is the molehill. Seen dotted around fields all over the area, it may not be too much of a problem unless it is the local bowling green, your prized, award winning garden, the lawn of country estate, the local football or rugby pitch…
- Tunnels and unstable ground – sometimes, it seems that overnight, a field or lawn is full of molehills and this may be an indication that there is more than one mole in the area. Tunnels criss-crossing underground can mean the ground above becomes unstable, not something a farmer or other animal owner will want across their fields and pastures.
- Urban moles – moles do not seek the company of humans, animals or, in fact, other moles unless they want to breed and so the sighting of molehills in urban settings can mean only one thing – the mole has lost its way! Building developments can mean that moles can effectively become ‘trapped’ between building, roads etc. and so the only place for them to go are the local sport pitches, parks, gardens etc.
How moles are dealt with
In the vast majority of cases, moles are humanely trapped and relocated to their natural habitat – local woodland and forests away from towns and cities etc. However, there is an important preventative role that the pest controller plays; if another mole come across vacated tunnels, they will simply move in and molehills will carry on appearing. It is important that these tunnels are blocked off or filled!
In rural setting, where the congregation of moles is causing serious land management issues, the population may need curtailing and once again, the professional pest controller, with a range of equipment, methods and tools at their disposal will be able to quickly and effectively deal with. Likewise, long term contract work can also be useful in keeping the mole population in check and forms an important part of land management in North Lincolnshire.
Not to be feared
Moles are not to be feared like other pests; they do not carry disease and do not intend on encroaching into our space, whether that is a lawn, garden, bowling green, sport pitch etc. Like all other pests, trapping moles and causing them undue harm or distress is a crime under various animal protection laws.
If you have a problem with moles, then please call us – we can help!