Moles (Talpa europaea) are subterranean mammals that do not like to surface unless necessary. They can easily move forwards and backwards through the corridors they build and, contrary to what some people think, are not blind, but they have very small eyes and therefore poor vision. We will help to remove the moles.
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The main problem experienced with a mole infestation is the damage to lawns and gardens due to the tunnels they love to dig. Your carefully landscaped flower beds can be seriously destroyed by molehills and mole ledges. In addition, roots can emerge and young plants can be damaged as a result of the digging.
Moles actually prefer to live in the forest, but because there is less and less forest due to urbanization, they have adapted to grassland and arable land. Problems caused by digging moles can suddenly occur and often people are left with great damage to their property. Unfortunately, moles cannot be prevented from establishing themselves in your garden, so prevention measures are actually not possible.
Moles have short black fur, but they can also be white, light brown and golden. The hairs are very smooth, so the mole can move through the tunnels in all directions. Due to their poor visibility, a mole has whiskers on the tip of the tail and on the outside of the digging legs. Their legs are very wide, with long broad nails and palms facing out.
They are approximately 13 – 15 cm in size and their tail length is about 2.5 – 4 cm. Moles weigh between 30 – 60 grams. The mole also has a snout in the shape of a trunk to cover its sharp incisors. Moles don’t dig because they are looking for food, but they will always find food in the existing passageways. A mole can dig up to 4 meters per hour and can therefore quickly cause a lot of damage. They mainly eat worms, insects and larvae. Due to a slow metabolism, a mole has to eat its weight in food every day, but not every soil contains enough worms and insects to meet this diet. Although moles look like a chubby little creature, they do not store body fat and must eat throughout the winter without being able to hibernate. They are, however, less active during this period.
Moles reproduce between March and June and the females give birth to 3 – 5 young per litter after a gestation period of 3 weeks. A mole sometimes covers parts of the tunnels with grass and leaves so that nests can be made. After about 7 weeks, the young start looking for food on their own and after 9 weeks they have to say goodbye to their mother, who then wants the tunnel system for herself again. Not all young moles survive, about 60% die in the first year. A mole that does survive after the first year can live up to 3 years old.
Should you find mole ridges or molehills in your yard or on your property, you almost certainly have a mole problem. These animals prefer not to rise above the ground, so you will not be able to catch them easily. They can also (like most animals) try to bite or scratch in danger, so Protect Pest Control strongly discourages catching a mole yourself. Moles dig shallow tunnels just below the surface, creating raised ridges. These are quite easy to spot. In addition, moles dig deep tunnels that lie about 10 – 40 cm in the ground and are not visible, but where you can find molehills.
Moles will independently dig their way into gardens and lawns if they cannot find a forest environment. Unfortunately, moles cannot be prevented from entering your site.
For long-term and effective mole control, it is wise to contact a professional pest control such as Protect Pest Control.
Protect Pest Control is skilled and masters all techniques optimally, so that when combating it, they take into account the mole’s lifestyle, but also your personal situation. We always provide a fast, professional and sustainable solution to your pest problem.
We can use traps to combat moles. The rides are traced and then clamps are placed there. In addition, Protect Pest Control gives you advice on preventing a pest in the future and tailor-made tips that you can easily apply.
Protect Pest Control can remove the mole plague in a very reliable way and help you with prevention for the future. Leaving a mole infestation untreated is strongly discouraged, as the mole infestation can get out of hand and you cannot prevent major damage to your property.
Protect Pest Control is a professional pest control agent and uses safe and successful ways to control a mole infestation.
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