Rarely seen above ground due to their poor eyesight, moles live alone in an extensive network of tunnels covering anything up to 4 acres, in soils suited for tunnelling.
By using their large two front paws to scrape away the earth, they feel along tunnels with their snouts and whiskers feeding on earthworms, insect larvae and grubs. Several young can be born between February and June, within five to six weeks they move out, over-ground, to establish their own territories.
Although they can aerate the soil, which can be good for growing grass and plants, they can cause damage to your garden and mowing machines through the stones brought to the surface. As well as the nuisance of mole hills, the ground can become unstable with heavier infestations, holes may appear and potentially damage the foundations of your property.
As well as effecting play on golf course fairways, sports fields and race courses, the effects of mole tunnelling can allow weeds to become established more easily and their mole hills can create very real safety risks in the form of tripping hazards for sports players, horses and riders.
Agricultural land can also fall victim to moles and their tunnelling. Moles tunnelling under the roots of crops can cause the plants to either have stunted growth or to die due to soil drying out. In areas used for pasture land and silage, the area of the molehill prevents grass from growing and allows weeds to grow, greatly reducing the amount of yield.
If you have evidence of a mole in your garden, sports field or farm land, it could be just one, but in places where food sources are plentiful, several moles could live in a fairly small area and you may be in need of professional mole pest control. Contact AJ Pest Control if you're experiencing the effects of a mole infestation. Evidence of this could include:
AJ Pest Control's technicians are trained and qualified for dealing with your mole pest control issue and will offer you the best solution suited to you and your garden, sports field or farm land.