Why are moles a problem?
Positive Environmental are experts when it comes to mole control. Whether you have a mole problem in the garden on your farm, golf course or amenity land, we will:
People, animals, can be affected when the tunnels created by moles give way.
Moles make a mess of lawns and gardens. Their tunneling and burrowing activities push up earth from below your lawn to make mole hills. Professional mole control solutions such as trapping and fumigation will help you get rid of moles quickly and easily before they destroy your lawn or garden
Our mole catchers are often asked why moles dig up lawns and gardens in the first place. The answer is in their search for earthworms.
Earthworms are a primary food source for moles. The moles establish an underground hub just below the surface of a grassy lawn. They then push out a network of tunnels, using the grass roots as a support structure for the tunnels. Earthworms working through the top layer of the soil fall into these tunnels, providing moles with a tasty meal.
As every good gardener knows earthworms are great for aerating soil. It therefore makes much more sense to get rid of moles rather than the earthworms.
Environmental are expert when it comes to mole control. Whether you have a mole problem in the
garden, farm land, we will: -
- Identify the extent of your mole problem. This includes a detailed search for moles in hedgerows
- Determine the most appropriate mole extermination treatment: fumigation or traps
- Arrange to revisit you to ensure that the treatment has been effective, and set more traps or apply more fumigation where activity is continuing
- Give you information and advice on moles and their activities to help you spot a potential mole problem in the making
Our mole control service is available 24/7. We operate a fixed and fair price policy
for the best value for money mole control service in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands please get in touch today.
Aluminium Phosphide for controlling moles
Positive Environmental are able to offer the highly effective option of
aluminium phosphide gassing of moles.
Facts on Moles
Damage caused by Moles
Mole hills can spoil the look of a lawn, park
or golf course. Stones can damage grass
cutting blades and soil will spoil grass
Each mole has its own burrow system, a
network of firm-walled tunnels. The
tunnels are about 5cm wide, 4cm high and
may be over 70 metres long; they vary in
depth from just beneath the surface of the
ground to about 70cm. When digging
close to the surface, the moles push the
displaced soil up vertical tunnels and
these form the familiar molehills. The
territories of several moles may overlap,
but the residents avoid each other if they
can, except in the breeding season. If two
males meet, they may fight fiercely, which
can result in death.
Moles are active by day and by night,
almost continuously digging their tunnels
and searching for food. They are active for
about four hours at a time and then rest for
a similar length of time. A mole will die of
starvation if it does not eat every few
It finds food by running along its tunnels
and eating up any earthworms, beetle
larvae, slugs etc, which have fallen from
the walls. A mole probably eats at least
half its own body weight a day. When
earthworms are plentiful, during autumn
and winter, the mole makes stores of
them, biting off their heads and pushing
them into the ground for eating later.
A mole can run backwards through tunnels
and turn right round by doing a
somersault! Its velvety fur lies backwards
or forwards so that it does not become
stuck against the tunnel walls when
squeezing through them.
The eyes of the mole are very tiny but
sight is not important to an animal that
lives in darkness for most of the time. It
does not have a good sense of smell or
hearing but it is extremely sensitive to
touch and can sense vibrations in the soil
around it. Sensitive whiskers help it to find
its way about and detect food and water; it
is also helped by thousands of very
sensitive, tiny hairs which cover its long
Moles are sometimes seen above ground.
They come to the surface to collect
nesting material and to look for food when
the soil is dry. Young moles come to the
surface to look for new homes when they
leave their mother’s burrow. Moles emerge
mainly at night but they are still vulnerable
to predators; some mammals find them
distasteful but many are eaten by tawny
and barn owls.
Moles breed from March to May only. The
male (boar) visits the female (sow) in her
burrow and leaves straight after mating,
taking no part in raising the young. The
female builds a special chamber about the
size of a football and lines it with dry grass
and leaves. An extra large molehill, or
'fortress', usually covers the nest chamber.
A food store will be close by.
After a gestation period (time between
mating and birth) of 30 days, a litter of 2-7
young is born. The babies are blind and
naked at birth and do not grow fur until
they are 2 weeks old. At about 3 weeks of
age their eyes open. They grow quickly,
feeding on their mother's milk, and are
ready to leave the nest at about 35 days.
They travel overland searching for
territories of their own.
We have called upon the services of Positive Environmental over the past two years to help eradicate pest control, and so far the success rate has been 100%, even when we experienced a particular problem in eradicating determined moles who were particularly destructive. The work was carried out in a professional and courteous manner and we would have no problems in requesting continued assistance should the circumstances call for such.