- Lawns are the main problem area as mole-hills can look particularly unsightly here. Newly planted seedlings and other small plants in border can be pushed up and will have their roots damaged.
- Moles are small mammals which live underground and dig a network of tunnels through the soil.
- They feed on insects, worms and other small invertebrates.
- They are territorial so a group of mole-hills will indicate the presence of a one mole or a single family.
- They are most active from late winter through spring, this is when the majority of mole-hills are pushed up.
- Moles have traditionally been prized for their fur and during the Victorian period, mole fur coats were particularly popular.
- Mole activity can be monitored by daily checks for new molehills. This shows the areas where the mole is likely to be most active.
- Molehills are prized for the quality of their soil which can be used in compost mixes for potting or for using for top-dressing lawns.
- Mole traps are widely available to buy. These are carefully placed inside one of the mole’s tunnels and will humanely capture the mole. Check the trap regularly (twice a day or more) or the mole will soon die in the trap. Release the mole at least a mile away.
- Moles can be literally ‘flushed out’ by pushing a garden hose into an active run and flooding the tunnels with water.
- Ultra-sonic emitters are available to buy. These work by sending a high pitched sound down the tunnels and scaring moles away.
- Moles can be deterred by unpleasant smells. In particular, moth balls have been pushed into moles’ tunnels for many years because the odour is extremely unpleasant to moles.