Moles can become a problem in certain circumstances, mainly due to the unsightly mounds of soil, which can be a problem with formal grass planting e.g. lawns, sports grounds and grassed amenity areas. They present no direct health risks to humans or animals beyond the potential to make the ground unstable and therefore a possible tripping hazard to humans and livestock. Moles are afforded basic protection from cruelty under the Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996, but humane control of their numbers is acceptable provided it is carried out using the correct method. A. Breeze Pest Control Ltd works in accordance with the BPCA for the effective mole treatments.
Moles - The Risk they Pose
Moles are the habitual miners of the natural world; their molehills and accompanying tunnels can cause destabilisation of the ground underfoot and consequently present a tripping risk to humans and livestock. The visually damaging effect on cultivated grass areas used for decorative or sporting purposes is clearly apparent and definitely a golf green keepers worst nightmare. Excavated molehill soil (and stones) on the surface of grassed areas can cause damage to grass cutting machinery. In an agricultural setting the soil displaced by moles is a problem for animal feed production as it can lead to poor quality silage being produced. Last but by no means least; moles do untold damage to root structures therefore reducing the growth potential of plants.
How do I know if I have a mole infestation?
The visual signs of mole infestation are clear even to people with little knowledge of wildlife. The give-away molehills following a line or criss-crossing a farmer’s field are plain for all to see. Being extremely territorial moles excavate and live in a matrix of tunnels which might extend to an area of up to 1.6 hectares or 4 acres. The characteristic molehills appear as the mole makes and repairs its tunnel system. The tunnels acts as a trap for earthworms and other prey, which make up the moles food intake – the more scarce the food supply, the more molehills will appear. Moles find a partner and breed once a year resulting in three or four young around mid-summer. The young leave the parent’s tunnel and move above ground to spread out and establish their own territory.
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