Mole control in the garden is often seen as a difficult and ‘professional’ task, but with the introduction of modern methods as well as the traditional mole trapping techniques, the home owner are now able to perform their own do-it yourself mole pest control. Moles are very timid creatures that are actually rarely seen but their presence are always seen by disgruntled gardeners as they leave unsightly mole hills.
The mole is from the Insectivore Order and its cylindrical body measures between 12-16 cm long from nose to tip of the tail and only weighs approximately 100 grams. It is often found throughout mainland Britain in soils which are ideal for tunnelling. They feed off earthworms but also on various other invertebrates. Much of the food is caught when it falls into the tunnels. The breeding season usually occurs between February to June and there is usually 1 litter per year.
The obvious sign of moles is the sightings of mole hills, which consist of a collection of loose soil. These hills are not only unsightly on grasslands, but also result in unevenness and deteriorate the sward by providing a seed bed for weeds.
As moles feed on earthworms, killing the worms or making the area unattractive for worms in an area of turf will deter moles from the area. However, by removing the presence of earthworms will mean additional work on the turfed area. The Biofume Mole Smokes from Pest-Stop contains food grade castor oil. The smoke coats the soil inside the hole with a layer of castor, which then acts as barrier between the mole and its food. The castor doesn’t repel the earthworm to move on, it makes them unattractive to the mole.
A second method of treating moles in the garden is introducing sonic repellers. Sonic repellers release a burst of vibrations, which transmit through the ground which frightens the unwanted pest away from the garden area. Moles are very timid creatures, so a short burst of unnatural vibrations will scare the pest away. Users of this must remember that the item works best in more solid soil structures. So, if using in loose soil more repellers are required to get the full effect as vibrations transmit a lot more effectively through solid objects.
The third and more traditional method of controlling moles in the garden is to trap them. Trapping is slightly more difficult but with the introduction of easy setting traps, trapping cannot be made any easier. We recommend the mole claw traps as apposed to the mole tunnel traps for two reasons. Firstly the claw are far easier to set and secondly the mole claw traps are seen from above the ground, so far less risk of losing the traps. A couple of quick tips when using mole traps. Firstly always use gloves as it gets the smell of the human scent away from the timid mole, also rub dirt onto the mole traps. This will also get rid of that newish smell. You could even place the traps into muddy water overnight before use.
DIY Mole pest control, in particular mole traps, are readily available from garden stores and online stores.
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