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We provide a fast reliable service for the removal of Moles

 

We promote a totally organic and poison free way of catching moles, all we use is a trapping system. We have found this to be the most effective way of catching moles No payment is sought until the mole is produced. This honest way of country life

 

OUR SERVICES:

 

1. We carefully inspect the area for active mole tunnels, we then carefully place our traps, covering each for the safety of children & pets.

 

2. We service the traps and monitor the entire area for activity at least three times a week.

 

3. When all activity has stopped, we remove the equipment & provide the customer with an invoice.

 

GUARANTEE:

Should another mole move in to your property within two weeks, we will waive the inspection & set up fees, charge only our per mole trapping fee.

 

 

 

 

Although one mole has been caught, customers

need to be aware that once a run is vacated by

a mole, another mole can move into that set of

tunnels offering a ready supply of food.

Re-infestation therefore can & frequently does

occur no matter which treatment method is used.

 

DIY mole control does not work, the mole moves out or blocks the runs for a while, continues to make new runs elsewhere, then moves back when the DIY has settled down. By DIY'ing you could actually make things worse.Moth balls, windmills, vibrating probes upturned bottles, pouring foul smelling and sometimes dangerous substances down the mole hills won't work. The mole will block the run affected and just go round the obstacle.

Sometimes when I get called to a mole control job some of the above incidents have occurred, and people have been cheated by so called professionals or the DIY has not made any difference. Please call a expert as soon as you have a mole problem.

 

Mole FactsWe have one species of mole in the UK Talpa europaea (European / common mole).It lives between 4 to 6 years. The collective noun for a group of moles is a labour, a labour of moles. The males are bucks, the females are does and young are pups. Weighs 110 - 120 grams ( ¼ of a lb) and 150mm long ( 6 inches ) Is not totally blind, but has poor eyesight can only detect light. Its diet is based on earthworms, but it also eats insects and grubs. Breeding takes place around Feb to June. The female mole gives birth to 3 to 6 pups each yea. At two months, the pups start digging by themselves. They do not hibernate are active throughout the year. Can hear, but uses vibration to find worms or warn it of danger. Highly sensitive to not only vibration, but to changes in air pressure in its runs. A mole can create up to 20 metres of tunnels each day. A mole can shift around 6 kilos (13lbs) of soil every 20 minutes. Equivalent to a human weighing 70 kilos shifting approximately 4 tons of soil in 20 minutes. It has to eat 80% of its body weight per day. Has 44 teeth and will bite you. Moles do not eat the roots of plants but mice that enter the tunnels will. Finds its way round its tunnels by memory. Moles are excellent swimmers and in times of flood will swim to higher ground. Moles can turn around in tunnels a little wider than their own girth. Mole hills are the result of the mole heaving up soil from new tunnelling. Moves at 4 kilometres per hour ( 2 miles ) Moles are solitary animals. One exception to this rule is during mating season.( climate change, I think they could be at it all year round ) Solitary and VERY territorial, it will fight other moles that trespass onto its territory to the death, hence the Abandonment of Animals Act 1960 section 1 makes it an offence to release an animal into an environment if it does not have a reasonable chance of survival. So if you release your live mole where they are other moles, or where food is not sufficient, the above act is broken. Upturned plastic bottles, childrens plastic windmills and the costly vibrating probes do not work, take a look at the motorways, the constant traffic vibrating pass the mole hills, it don't disturb them. To realease a pest ( mole ) onto someone elses property without permission is ilegal. Live capture can kill via stress and if you forget to check the trap, starvation. Cruel death. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is a offence to kill any wild animal using explosives. When a mole is caught or vacates its territory another mole will sense this and will quickly move into the vacated territory and begin clearing the existing tunnels. It is almost inevitable that a new mole will move in even if that is not for some months but it could be a few weeks.

 

 

Mole Myths

"Moles are rodents"

Moles are actually insectivores, not rodents. They are from the same family as the anteater.

 

 "Moles are blind"

Moles have extremely tiny eyes that are basically a thin membrane behind their snout. These "eyes" allow them only to sense light and little else.

 

"Moles are territorial and live alone"

This one is partially true. Moles generally do not get along with one another. In fact, they will often fight to the death if another mole infringes upon their territory (obviously this is not true during mating season).

 

Donald and Lillian Stokes in their book, Animal Tracking and Behaviour 1986, say:

 

"Moles are believed to remain solitary as adults and avoid contact with other moles. However, there are at least two exceptions. One occurs in the spring, when the males start to move around and leave their range in search of females. They may move about for several weeks, even after all the females in an area have mated. The other exception is that occasionally some tunnels are used by several moles; these tunnels are, in a sense, like highways. This communal use suggests that the social system of moles is more complex than we think."

 

"Moles eat 2 – 3 times their body weight per day"

 

This claim is greatly exaggerated. Most lab and field tests will show that while moles do have a voracious appetite, they only eat up to 70 – 100% of their body weight each day.

 

"Moles are eating my plant bulbs and roots"

 

Moles are almost entirely carnivorous; however, it is true that moles can indirectly kill plants. They do this in two ways:

The tunnels created by moles will often be used by other small animals. Voles, in particular, will travel in these tunnels and eat away at roots and tubers.

 

A good location for grubs and worms is among the roots of a hedge, flower, or other type of plant. The mole will scrape the dirt away from the roots in search of food, thereby removing the plants’ source of nourishment.

 

"Moles are nocturnal (active only during the night)"

 

This misconception is usually the result of people looking out their window in the morning and seeing fresh mole hills. In fact, moles are not necessarily more or less active at any time during the day or night. Current research suggests that moles sleep and work in 4-hour shifts. They are more active during quiet periods, such as early morning or late in the evening. When they feel vibrations in the ground, as created from people or pets walking, they will be more likely to cease their digging.

 

" Moving Moles On"

Moth balls, Muscial cards, windmills, vibrating probes upturned bottles, pouring foul smelling and sometimes dangerous substances down the mole hills won't work. The mole will block the run affected and just go round the obstacle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOLES CAN NOT BE ERIDACTED.

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