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Control

The only method of mole control available to the householder is trapping. To do this there is a selection of different types available. Lethal trapping methods work well with a little patience and understanding of mole habits.

  • The Beagle easy-set trap is by far the easiest to set and install and works very efficiently.
  • The Duffus Trap is a barrel type trap where the mole is caught in a spring-activated wire loop. It is particularly useful in light crumbly soil that might otherwise cave in. 
  • The Talpex Scissor Trap is a pair of jaws kept apart by a trigger. Once set both these traps are invisible above ground so their position must be marked to allow relocation and inspection
  • All traps require the location of a feeding tunnel, once you find this make an excavation to accommodate the trap you are using.
  • Set the trap gently ensuring the trip mechanism is central within the tunnel.
  • Put soil and turf around the trap to stop any daylight.
  • Description

    Moles are members of the Insectivora order and are found throughout Britain, except Ireland.

  • short, velvety black fur
    Mole control
  • spade-like forelimbs designed for digging
  • small pointed, fleshy snout
  • very small eyes and poor eyesight
  • they are very sensitive to vibration which assists them in finding their wriggling, moving prey
  • body length 112-160mm
  • weight 70-130g
  • they rarely live beyond 3 years
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    Life Cycle

  • female rears a litter of 3-4 young between February and June
  • young fully grown in 8-9 weeks
  • leave their parents tunnel systems after about five months and start their own systems or take over vacated systems
  • young are often reared in large 'fortress' molehills constructed specially for the purpose. Frequently these fortresses are constructed on land prone to flood, thus keeping the nest above the water table

  • Habitat

  • Moles are originally deciduous woodland creatures and are still found extensively in woodland but go unnoticed because of the nature of the ground.
  • Moles have moved into our fields and gardens where they are able to find an abundance of worms.
  • Their excavations can cause problems. In an agricultural context, if the soil from their excavations is picked up whilst making silage, it can damage machinery and cause the bagged silage to deteriorate.
  • In a garden situation the molehills can cause damage to machinery and are regarded as unsightly.
  • Moles prefer deep rich soils with an abundance of food. They are not found in peaty, acidic soils or in sandy soils.
  • A tunnel system usually consists of an extensive network of several hundred metres of deep (20-60cm) and shallow (2-20cm) tunnels. The deeper tunnels are used constantly, but especially during times of drought.
  • The shallow tunnels are the principle feeding tunnels because it is within the top 20cm of soil that the majority of worms, grubs and insects are active.
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