In many situations moles are not a problem and their burrowing habit gives the British countryside one of its defining characteristics. We only trap problem moles.
However, when a mole invades land needed by others - cattle, horses, humans - it can become a significant nuisance.
Molehills are a hazard for grazing cattle and horses on pasture as well as for children and the general public on common ground, gardens and recreation grounds.
For farmers, the contamination of grass by the soil thrown up from molehills can culminate in poor quality silage as well as damaging machinery.
The disruption of roots under the soil by a burrowing mole can kill or severly damage plant life above.
Poison (usually Strychnine) is no longer a legal option for mole control with effective trapping now prefered. Trapping takes more time, often requiring two or more visits by the molecatcher, however trapping uses environmentally friendly re-usable equipment and avoids chemicals or poisons.
Although moles can be trapped year-round, it is easiest to trap between October and April as this is when moles are digging new tunnels. At this time, the benefit of control is a reduction in the population prior to the start of the breeding season.
For more information please see the Natural England website.
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