Professional mole catching throughout Reading and across the wider Berkshire area
Hidden away underground moles tunnel away night and day at a rate of around one metre an hour, different soil types and moisture content will affect their ability to dig and it’s not uncommon to wake up and find a line of mole hills stretching across the lawn in the morning.
Moles don’t live through our day and night cycle as they will remain underground almost all of their lives, instead, moles have a four hour period of intense activity which is then followed by a four hour rest; one of our days equates to three mole days so you can find that up to 8 metres of tunnels can be excavated beneath the lawn overnight.
Professional mole control using traditional traps
As a nation its fair to say that maintaining a beautiful lawn is an traditionally English thing to do and we are obsessed with lawns; the lawncare industry is worth around £400 million pounds a year in the UK and all this hard work can quickly be undone through the actions of the humble mole.
With almost no predators to control the population, moles endeavour away heedless to the destruction wrought above ground, as they dig away they compress the soil to form the tunnel, sometimes digging a side branch to eject stones or when they are actively hunting invertebrates.
What this means for the gardener, is that within weeks the lawn will start to collapse, taking on a rutted appearance and weeds will quickly settle into loose soil that lays on top of the turf.
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Moles detect the presence of worms and invertebrates through vibration; their snout is a sensory device that picks up vibration in the soil allowing the moles to home in and dig their way to beetle larvae and worms. The compacted tunnel walls also act like a prison for any insects or worms that fall into the mole runs; the mole will patrol around its system hoovering up any insect life that it finds.
We cover all central Berkshire and South Oxfordshire delivering a mole catching service which is based on “No Catch = No Fee”, we only use traditional mole traps and this means that we can deliver a proven service based on results. There are gassing agents that can be used to control moles however when using these, you cannot be really sure that you’ve resolved the problem unlike physically catching the animal in a trap.
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Moles are solitary animals only coming together for a short period to breed, they do not live in family groups and they certainly don’t get on with each other, what they will do though, is have interlocking territories shaped a bit like a Venn Diagram.
As moles move through their tunnel system they urinate and spread their scent around, when two or more territories overlap, the neighbouring mole will stop and test the scent to see if the other mole has been through its part of the system recently: if two moles meet in a run the result will be a savage fight, even to the death.
When we catch the mole that is causing you the problem, we have no way of knowing if another mole is nearby and waiting for the opportunity to take over the abandoned tunnel network, when we catch the first mole, we will leave the traps down to see if there are anymore running around. After a week without any catches we pull up the traps and end the treatment; if we don’t catch then you don’t get a bill.
Mole, molehills, and a labour of moles; questions frequently asked about moles
Do moles only live underground or do they sometimes come to the surface?
Moles are found throughout Berkshire and can live in rural or urban areas; they are extraordinary animals that spend almost all of their lives underground in their mole runs rarely venturing above ground. The young will disperse from their mothers’ nest in June to find territories of their own and may be seen above ground travelling to a new area during the months of June and July.
Do moles live in family groups?
Moles will generally live a solitary life only coming together in the spring to mate, there is some evidence to support the theory that they tolerate the shared use of some tunnels that connect feeding grounds or overlap territories as we often report two catches in a double ended duffus style trap. For some reason, the name for a group of moles is called a 'labour' - the only time that you'll ever find a group would be when the mother mole has her pups with her.
Why do moles make molehills?
Digging mole runs and pushing the excavated dirt up through mole hills is a herculean task and consumes a great deal of calories, the tunnels are used for moving through the area and for collecting insects, larvae and worms that fall into them. Molehills form when the mole has to eject debris like stones out of the working run.
How do moles live if they are completely in the dark, how do they know when to sleep?
Moles will 'work' or patrol their territory for a four-hour period until they are full, they will then rest for another four hours and on wakening begin the cycle of activity again. For this reason we do not advocate the use of so called "humane" traps for moles; the mole has a very quick metabolism and unless you check the traps every hour then the mole will literally starve to death. There is no point in catching a mole in this strict lifecycle and holding it for what maybe several hours or more, seriously weakening the animal which may then be released as a 'humane' gesture into what should be considered hostile territory as any mole encountered in this new area will fight to the death to defend its territory.