Unfortunately, it is the moles great ability to shift earth that brings them into conflict with us. The mole can and will ruin the look of a manicured lawn, spoil grazing land and damage crops.
The moles activity of bringing soil heaps (molehills) to the surface will kill the grass, whilst the molehill itself makes an excellent seed bed for weeds. Also, harmful bacteria are brought to the surface and can spread the likes of Listeria to livestock.
The molehill can also cause problems for agricultural machinery at harvest time and extra work (when least wanted!) should the combine be damaged or if the molehill is drawn up into the harvest!
I use traditional methods to locate and trap the mole; a probe is used to find the tunnel (or run) and once located, I open a large enough section to insert the selected type of trap. I use strong good quality British made traps, which carry out the job in a quick and humane manner. Once I have set a trap you can expect to see me on a daily basis until I remove all the traps from your location, I don’t gas, blow up or poison the mole, nor do I try and catch them alive; by their very lifestyle this is a nonsensical thing to try and do – so please don’t ask.
I favour the Duffus style traps from the many types available:
Duffus Tunnel Trap - also known as the Half Barrel trap, this is my main tool. I use British made traps from the Flatpack Company, this is a double ended trap which can catch two moles on one setting. The tunnel trap is also unseen and will not be an issue around livestock or pets.