Now’s the time to keep a close eye on any turfed areas you may have at home or elsewhere, as our little friend the mole is about to start popping up here and there. They’re at their most active between late winter and early spring, so if you start spotting mole hills in your outdoor spaces, you may not want to rest on your laurels for too long.
Being vigilant where these curious but destructive little creatures are concerned is important if you want to keep your garden flourishing throughout the year, as all the burrowing they do can damage grass, tear up tree roots and damage your flower beds, destroying all your hard work.
Moles dig both deep and shallow tunnels and they can both cause real damage. If you see mole hills appearing in your garden, it’s because they’ve been digging deep to find a yearlong food source. These deep tunnels appear above ground as conical mounds, uniform in shape and of different sizes.
But the animals also create networks of surface feeding tunnels in their never-ending quest for food (they say moles eat every four hours, no matter the time of day or night!), and these appear above ground as long ridges in the soil.
Continuously having to clear mole hills away is time-consuming and you’ll be left with an uneven surface, not to mention the damage being down below the surface, as well.
To prevent this, deal with any mole infestation you discover as soon as you can, as this will help prevent breeding – which will exacerbate the problem significantly, since a single litter can have up to seven pups in it, with moles living for between three and five years.
If you do think you have a mole problem and you’re not sure how to handle it, get in touch with us to discuss UK mole pest control.