Getting Rid Of Moles
There are 2 ways to deal with moles, trapping or gassing. With trapping, traps are set in the runs. With the gas the mole runs are treated by putting a fumigation tablet of Aluminium phosphide. This relies on moisture in the soil releasing the gas so is not suitable in dry conditions.
Traps are put in places most likely to catch the mole quickly. Moles are not sociable animals and adults often live alone, defending their territory against other moles but in areas of high populations of worms several moles may be present in an area. The size of the territory depends on food supply, which can be between 400-2000 square metres. Trapping can be based on either two or more visits depending on the customer’s preference.
I do have 100% success rates when trapping for moles.
But due to the erratic and unpredictable behaviour of moles, more moles may move into the empty tunnels left behind there’s not much I can do about this.
I do not offer this option because
Aluminium phosphide is highly toxic and in my opinion the risk is too high.
Gas treatments are not always successful, especially if the soil is dry.
The price charged for gassing per application can be high.
Moles - General Information
The mole is a common British mammal and although rarely seen, due to its subterranean existence, its presence is well marked by the appearance of ‘molehills’ above ground, produced as a result of its underground tunnelling activity.
Molehills and tunnels can be a real nuisance in gardens, golf courses, race-courses and other amenity areas.
Moles are territorial creatures, living alone in an extensive network of tunnels covering anything up to 4 acres. Almost blind but with a good sense of smell, moles feed predominantly on earthworms which they unearth during their tunnel digging activities. Several young are born every spring but within five to six weeks they move out, over-ground, to establish their own territories. If you have a mole in the garden it may be one but in areas where worms are plentiful several moles could live in a fairly small area