This is the most common question I get asked, so I thought a short blog post explaining how I go about it...
Usually two traps are used in a small garden with a few mole hills. Three traps are used in a medium to large garden. Five to ten traps are used in very large gardens, golf courses or fields.
Careful placement of traps in a tunnel is undertaken. To catch a mole live and relocate it is considered inhumane. Caught alive it causes stress and as the mole is unable to satisfy its vociferous appetite it may starve to death. Relocated, it will be in a foreign habitat and if it comes across a resident mole, there may be a fight to the death. Turned away by a resident mole it could then starve to death or be killed by a predator such as an owl, buzzard, stoat, cat or dog. It is an offence to release an animal into the environment if it does not have a reasonable chance of survival under the abandonment of Animals Act 1960, section 1. It is an offence to release a pest onto another person's land without permission and DEFRA and National England do not recommend live relocation.
I consider the use of gas or poisons to be inhumane as a quick end to the mole can not be guaranteed and I feel that gas or poison can risk injury or death to non target species. Further negative effects on the environment could also occur.
For domestic jobs I usually make two visits, one to set the traps and the next day to check them. I can arrange times to suit you and as long as I have access to the property and am aware of special circumstances such as gate codes or animals roaming free for example, I am happy to call when no-one is at home, if that is what you require.
I am fully insured with public liability insurance up to 5 million pounds.
All relevant Health and Safety documentation, Risk Assessment and Methods Statements are available if required.
I am very aware of environmental issues and work around farming procedures and private residential requirements.