TRADITIONAL MOLE CATCHING FACTS
What do moles eat?
Moles main diet consists of earthworms, and can eat their body weight in a space of 24 hours! They hunt around the clock, resting every four hours for sleep, creating a instable appetite, and explains why they eat so much! Moles have the ability to catch worms and immobilise them so that they can be eaten at another time.
Find out more about catching moles
I’m always asked the question, why do people want to catch moles? So as a traditional mole catcher I thought I would explain a little...
Both private and residential gardens can encounter mole problems, and as such people call in my mole catching services to help control them. They can make the gardens look untidy and also cost more in garden maintenance.
Farmers often want to control moles and certainly around Lancashire, I work with farmers to ensure that moles don’t affect their business. Mole hills and tunnelling can be very dangerous to livestock, and if they fall down a hole, they can break a leg which can result in the animal being put down. Therefore my mole catching services in and around the Lancashire area help farmers with mole problems to avoid this.
Other reasons why people use my services is that moles can actually contaminate silage resulting in poor quality fodder for farm animals including cows and horses.
Why you should use a professional?
Mole traps are considered to be a humane method of control if used correctly. This is difficult to achieve as the mole is not always killed outright and therefore an experienced professional should always be considered.
Vacant tunnel systems can be taken over by a mole from a nearby area so a professional mole catcher is required to assess this situation.
Moles are harder to trap than many other pests. When a mole's sensitive snout encounters a foreign object in the burrow, the mole is likely to plug off that portion and dig around or under it therefore the experience of a professional mole catcher is vital.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of cruelty to Animals says people should use pest control experts to avoid breaking the law.
To sum up, moles are difficult to get rid of unless you have the experience and expertise of a professional who will handle the problem quickly and humanely. Professional mole catchers know what works and understand the unique behaviour of the mole.
What is a mole?
A mole is a small dwelling mammal that lives underground and burrows tunnels to hunt for food and to live and breed. There are variety of different species that can be found all around the world, however the only moles found in the UK are known as Talpa Europaea variety.
What do moles look like?
Moles can grow up to about 18cm in length, but average around the 14cm mark. They weigh approximately 80 grams and will vary in colour from black and dirk brown to a light silvery grey. They have extremely small eyes, which is why people presume they are blind. Because of this, they rely on hearing with sensory hairs that can detect the faintest of vibrations in the soil to ensure they are able to catch food and avoid predators. Their blood cells allow them to breathe underground, and interesting they are great swimmers!
Where will a mole live?
Apart from in Lancashire...moles are found throughout the UK. If they are not dealt with can build vast networks very quickly. Interesting moles are territorial, and will detect when another mole has moved out of tunnel network – often enough moles will often use these tunnels. The tunnels are usually approximately 15cm underground, and the mole pushes the excess dirt to the surface which creates mole hills.