If you are using
live catch or barrel type
traps follow the same procedure but make the hole
bigger. It is important to be as clean as possible, if
you have a sandy crumbly soil type follow the above
instruction but use a piece of slate or flat stone to
exclude the light. The picture on the left is a barrel
I have had good results with
In the old days I would not recommend or
indeed sell them but I have used them in the past 18
months with a good degree of success. Once again it is
important to get the best you can afford, there are
cheap versions on the market but the good ones are worth
the money. It most important that the probe goes through
the mole run there is no point in sticking it in the
Back to the old wives tales.
First and commonest is placing moth balls in the run. I
can see this working but I assume the mole would either
turn right or left and put soil between it and the smell.
I have seen moth balls used for all manner of pest control
from mice to squirrels, without any prolonged success. My
advice is that they don't work and that's why I don't sell
Another common one is crushed egg shell in the run. If you
consider that a mole has a tunnel system of between � and 4
acres, surely it will come up against sandy, chalky, stony
soil, so what is the difference with egg shells? I assume if
it did not like it, it will just turn right or left and
continue on its merry way! Moles are not daft you know.
Bottles with the neck just out of the ground causing an
irritating noise, if that works why do we get moles on the
aprons of airports?
Kiddies windmill with the stick in the run causing
vibration and noise. We see moles living quite happily on
motorway verges and indeed in the central reservation, I'm
quite sure that the vibration and noise of a constant stream
of 10 ton jugernaught lorries is far in excess of a kiddies
Remember that the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986
forbid the use of items such as diesel, sump oil, disinfectant
etc in the control of pests. Any control of pests must be done
in a humane manner.
A few mole facts to get the brain cells going:
- Talpa europaea is the scientific name
- There are no moles in Ireland
- An 80g mole has to eat up to 50g of worms a day
- Moles store worms in a fortress after biting the heads
off, one chamber had a reported 450 worms in the larder.
- Moles patrol a run system at regular intervals until all
the food has been taken then they move to a new area to
start a new run
- Usually live about 3 years but have been known to live
for 6 years.
- Litter of 3 or 4 in spring, move to find own territory
after 5 or 6 weeks, this is done above ground, this is when
they are most at risk from predation.
- My mentor told me a male mole moves in a straighter line
than a female, I cannot confirm this though.
There are some benefits of the mole in the garden, but they
are few - soil aeration and removal of garden pests, they will
eat cockchafer grubs etc.
Article Written by:
Pest Control expert Owen W of
The GREEN PEST CONTROL Co
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