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Mole Control Advice from Rentokil

Rentokil Uganda does not offer mole control as part of our service package; however you may find the information and advice below useful when trying to get rid of moles in the garden.

Problems with Garden Moles?

Moles in the garden are considered pests because of the damage they do to lawns as they dig their tunnels.

Mole Control

Molehills and mole ridges spoil lawns and flower beds while their tunneling damages the roots of young plants and exposes stones that can damage garden machinery.

The natural habitat of moles is woodland but they are very comfortable in residential gardens, grassland or where crops are growing.

Moles in the Garden

A mole problem can quickly establish itself and cause significant damage.

Garden moles have litters of up to seven pups and as they mature into adults, and each mole will want to establish its’ own tunnel network and will dig at speeds of up to 4 metres per hour.

Little can be done to prevent moles from entering your property; all that can be done is to eradicate the problem once they have appeared.

Signs of Mole Problems

It is unlikely that you will see garden moles as they rarely come above ground, but take care if you trap a live mole as they have very sharp teeth and will bite.

Instead, the first sign of a mole problem will be several molehills or mole ‘ridges’ caused by tunneling.

The mole digs two types of tunnels:

  • Shallow tunnels that moles dig just below the surface of the ground as they search for food. These can be seen as a raised ridge in a lawn or flower bed.
  • Deep mole tunnels are 10 to 40cm underground. The tunnels cannot be seen, but molehills are caused by the soil being cleared as the mole digs. Garden moles will line areas of tunnel with grass and leaves to create nests.

Moles in the garden feed on worms, but supplement them with insects and their larvae. Garden moles have a poor metabolism and have to eat their weight in food every day which can deplete the soil of worms.

Since moles cannot put on body fat, they have to eat throughout the winter and do not hibernate. As a result, they are most active in the autumn and early spring.

Need advice on DIY mole control? Read our tips on how to get rid of moles in the garden.