Mole Catching in Sonning
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Moles live a very secretive life and in many places like woodland and hedgerows you would not even be aware of their presence because they live in a network of tunnels which act as a trap for insects that fall in and then can't work their way out through the walls.
Most of the soil that moles dig through is actually compressed into the walls of the tunnels making this earth here very firm; molehills form through the moles ejecting objects like stones which they can't compress into the tunnel walls.
Molehills appear when the mole extends their feeding areas, there are two types of molehill, those used for travelling which tend to be more linear and those for feeding in and these are generally what you see popping up in the lawn of your garden.
Effective mole control in Sonning
Mole catching is centuries old, moles push soil up into crops like grass that's required for silage and when harvested up with that grass bacteria in the soil turn to the grass toxic ruining the crop.
A modern day problem with mole hills is that stones and flints can get struck by combine harvester blades causing a spark and the eventual fire - trust me, I was a firefighter for 30 years and was called out to this scenario.
Moles were also caught commercially for their fur, due to the cross section of the fur it lays in any direction - most animal hair or fur tapers to the end and so 'lays' in one direction. Mole fur tapers to both the roots and the end so its thicker in the middle, this means that it lays in any direction.
We still catch moles in the traditional way using traps that have changed very little over the centuries apart from the build material; hollow wooden barrels and willow triggers have been replaced by stainless steel.
Traditional mole catching in Sonning on Thames
We work to traditional standards as well: many pest control companies will charge up front for mole catching, you'll pay for a set service with a number of traps set for a number of days - if no mole gets caught then you've paid for nothing.
Moles will move on and off an area depending on things like food availability, weather and ground conditions - if the ground is low lying and become waterlogged the mole will move away. Likewise they will tend to move to ground that gets the sun early in the morning during the winter months; this soil warms quicker and insect life will be more active.
This means that there is no set formula for mole catching; you have to be able to read the ground and think what the animals will be doing - we only charge you for proven results, its called "No catch - No fee" and this is the standard that we work to when mole catching in Sonning.
Mole catching in Sonning
Moles don't live together is family groups or herds; strangely enough a group of moles is called a labour of moles - although no such thing exists. They do have a couple of busy periods through the year and these are when you will most likely encounter them.
Spring brings the breeding season and the males will move off looking for the females; look for straight runs of molehills. Mother mole will be busy bringing up her brood so early to mid summer expect lots of feeding tunnels and she will drive these off her territory in the late summer.
Young moles have to find themselves a territory of their own so this is when they turn up out of the blue and finally as we head into autumn all moles are busy digging larger tunnel networks getting themselves ready for the winter.