The presence of moles is identified by large amounts of earth that emerge from the ground, making them easy to spot. At Ringwood Pest Control, in Ringwood, Hampshire, we have identified a specific need for mole control and prevention throughout the local area. Since we began offering this service, we have had a number of homeowners and businesses get in touch to acquire our help.
The mole (Talpa europaea) is a common British mammal and, although rarely seen due to its subterranean existence, its presence is well marked by the appearance of molehills above ground, produced as a result of its underground tunnelling activity. Molehills and tunnels are a real nuisance in gardens, golf courses, racecourses, and other amenity areas.
Moles are documented as territorial creatures, living alone in extensive tunnel networks covering up to four acres in soil that is suitable for tunnelling. Almost blind, but with a good sense of smell, moles feed predominantly on earthworms, which fall into their tunnel systems acting as a pitfall trap. Moles patrol their labyrinth of tunnels on a four-hour cycle. Several young are born every spring, but within five to six weeks they move out, over-ground, to establish their own territories.
During the foot and mouth epidemic in 2001, mole numbers increased significantly because contractors couldn't get on the land to control them and the following year strychnine was in short supply. The only real, natural predators of the mole are weasels, however, it would appear that fewer weasels are around as less are being inadvertently trapped. Mole numbers therefore are much higher than before the foot and mouth epidemic and are still rising. This will continue to increase due to the loss of strychnine as a legal control method.
When a customer gets in touch we will visit their location to assess the best solution. There are two main methods used to control moles - gassing with aluminium phosphide, and trapping with either a scissor or Duffus trap. Both of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages; however, they are the most effective solutions.
Other methods such as sonic devices or repellents have not shown to be serious alternative control methods, and the vibrations generated by a children's plastic windmill pushed into the moles run may be just as effective as an expensive ultrasonic deterrent.
During the on-site consultation we will provide customers with expert advice, determine the most effective control treatment, and issue a free quotation. The costs vary depending on a number of features, including the size of the garden, the time required, and the problems faced during the work.