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Moles

Absolute Pest Solutions Wales Ltd does not use gases or poisoning – we only use traditional trapping techniques, which ensures that the Moles are eradicated Humanely

Moles

moleThe excellent soil in Wales is suitable for tunnelling, which attracts moles. The mole is a member of the Insectivore Order and is abundant throughout mainland Britain.

The mole can be found wherever there are suitable soils for tunnelling, but it tends to avoid shallow or stony soil, waterlogged or very acidic soil. It is most abundant in permanent grassland and deciduous woodland but can be found in playing fields, parks, golf courses and private gardens

The obvious sign of the presence of moles in your garden is the dreaded mole hill. These earthworks are the excavated soil from the moles feeding tunnels (runs) and living accommodation. Occasionally (more often in areas of high water tables) an exceptionally large mole hill will occur – this ‘Mole Fortress’ is the location of the moles nest.

Life cycle

Using their incredible senses of smell, touch and hearing the near blind mole patrols its runs on four hour cycles searching for food – predominantly earth worms but also soil invertebrates including insect larvae and molluscs.

Mole Breeding

The breeding season lasts from February to June. The gestation period is 4 weeks after which the young are born blind and without fur. The mother feeds them for 4-5 weeks and after this period the young leave the nest and start to catch food for themselves.

Shortly after this they will leave the nest site and search for a new home of their own. During this dispersal period, as they tend to move above ground, they are more vulnerable and fall victim to predatory birds' etc.

The females (sows) extend their run network to accommodate the new arrivals need for more worms. The males (boars) add to the gardeners misery by actively searching out sows to breed with.

The Sow has one litter of between 2 and 7 young (kits) per year. Being ferociously territorial when the kits reach maturity after five weeks they are forced out of ‘mothers house’ and must begin creating their own network of runs – often elsewhere in your garden!

Treatment

To remove moles we survey the site to help understand what is happening below ground. Through an understanding of mole behaviour and probing we locate the most likely tunnels for a successful trapping programme.

After setting an appropriate number of traps all mole hills are removed and the garden/lawn tidied to an acceptable degree (it may take several days rain to wash the last soil away). Returning within seven days all traps are checked and relocated if required.

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