There’s little you can do to prevent moles moving in if they choose – and if the ground is wet, as happens in much of Scotland, then their tunnels will be dug closer to the surface. The one bit of advice for deterrence, if it’s your own land, is don’t supplement the rain unless you have too – and then be sparing!
Mole Breeding Season
Designed for subsurface living, with their famously poor eyesight, you’ll rarely see the moles themselves. But they are present for most of the year. But the real challenge comes between February and June when they will breed.
Difficult to control without expert help
During this period they form small family groups that can then have a big impact in a short space of time.
The young will be independent enough to leave the litter within a few short weeks, but they don’t travel too far; so if your business owns a fair plot of land, a single molehill this spring can signal the start of a much larger problem next year and the year after. (Animals in the wild typically live for three years).
The simple truth is you don’t want them about, but professional pest control is needed.
The main way to control an infestation is aluminium phosphide gas; but that can only be used by a fully trained operative and it does pose a risk to pets, so as they say on TV, please don’t try this at home.
The alternative, more humane treatment is to set traps, but they need to be placed by experts to be effective. The only other option is to shoot the mole, but they are poor targets as they so rarely pop their head up above ground. Tunnel trapping must be done with care, as moles can easily detect disturbance of the tunnel and will avoid the area.
At the first sign of your ground being disturbed, give us a call for expert advice and a recommended and fully costed course of action.