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Moles

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The most important type of damage is due to mole hills, which are not only unsightly on amenity and sporting grassland, but result in unevenness of the surface and deterioration of the grass by providing a seed bed for weeds. They are particularly unwelcome on the expensive turf of golf greens and bowling greens and garden lawns.

In agriculture the inclusion of soil from mole hills in silage grass can result in spoilt, unpalatable silage, and it is a possible cause of Listeriosis in sheep fed on silage. Damage also occurs where moles burrow under seedlings and plants resulting in wilting and plant death.

Unevenness of grass surfaces damaged by mole activity can be hazardous during activities on playing fields, recreation grounds, and golf courses. Moles can cause great damage by tunnelling through the soil, below the surface. With heavy infestations, the ground can become unstable and holes may appear not only damaging soil foundations, but also creating safety risks. Stones and soil debris bought up to the surface will damage mowing equipment. Stones may be thrown up by mower blades and strimming tools.

Moles tunnel using their large two front paws to scrape away the earth and feel along tunnels with their snouts and whiskers. Because of the absence of light within their living conditions, moles have very poor eyesight so very rarely will you see mole activity above ground.

Professional pest control is needed to obtain control of these pests. Methods such as tunnel trapping and gassing can be used by a professional to control these pests. It is illegal to poison moles.Tunnel trapping must be done with care as moles can easily detect disturbance of the tunnel and will avoid the area, making them much more difficult to eradicate.