Mole Catcher Hampshire
I offer domestic and commercial mole control services throughout the Hampshire area. With over 18 years experience I’m your local expert mole catcher.
The Mole Catcher FAQ’s
Q: How long do moles live for?
A: The mole is quite a long lived animal for its size and can live up to 3-5 years. That is of course if they do not come into contact with a mole catcher.
Q: What do moles eat?
A: Moles feed on earthworms and other small insects. The mole digs tunnels which are smooth and well padded down. When small insects and worms fall into these tunnels they become trapped.
Q: Why do moles make mole hills?
A: Moles dig an extensive tunnel system on many levels, most of the soil is compressed into the sides and floor of these tunnels, but when the mole digs tunnels near the surface they push access soil to the surface to get rid of it.
Q: When do moles breed?
A: The mole breeding season is in the spring time in April. There is usually more mole activity around this time with more mole hills appearing.
Q: How big are moles?
A: Some people think that considering the size of some mole hills, moles must be huge, but they are surprisingly small creatures, measuring approx 6 inches long (but as with all creatures, there are huge variations).
Q: Are moles solitary?
A: Apart from the breeding season, moles generally like to live alone and defend their tunnel system aggressively. Often several moles will inhabit the same field, but each will have a separate tunnel system.
Q: Are moles blind?
A: Moles are not blind, but their eyesight is poor and is mainly sensitive to light or dark conditions.
Q: Are moles nocturnal?
A: No, moles are not specifically nocturnal. They sleep for four hours and then are active for four hours and this continues day and night.
Q: How deep do moles dig?
A: Moles dig their tunnels on several levels or depths and use different parts of the tunnel system depending on conditions. Mole activity which is visible comes from the upper most tunnel systems. These tunnels are just a few inches deep.
The main diet for moles is worms and other insects that live in the soil. When it rains and the soil becomes soaked, the earthworms and other insects move to the surface. The moles follow their food and start using the surface tunnels. In the summer when it is drier the earthworms go deeper where the soil is still moist, thus the moles use the deeper runs in order to stay with their food source. These deeper runs can be several feet deep. This is why moles appear to be more active in the winter and spring time.
Q: Are moles active all year round?
A: Yes, mole do not hibernate, they are active all year round. There is more visible mole activity during the winter and spring due to them working nearer the surface. See previous question for further information.
Q: I have a mole that is making tunnels just under the soil surface, through the grass roots, what is he doing?
A: When moles first occupy a new territory they often test the area to see how much food is present. Surface tunnels are quick and easy for a mole to dig as there is no soil to shift. If there is not enough food present, the mole will leave for pastures new. Surface tunnels are also made when the ground is very wet (after prolonged rainfall).
Q: How can I stop moles using old borrows and re-occupying my garden?
A: Unfortunately you cannot stop this from happening without going to great measures to proof your property, which can be very expensive. If you have had moles removed from your land previously, I would recommend that you have the affected area rolled to crush any existing tunnel systems.