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To control moles is like playing a game of whack-a-mole, and Mole catchers such as myself know how to win.

Warren Smyth

Managing Director, Smyth Pest Control

Firstly, how can I tell if I have moles?

Molehills, Mole Tunnels and Mole runways.

Molehills are their telltale sign; if left unchecked, they can become runways and more extensive tunnels.

Mole Tunnels are precisely that. The mole will often pile up the dirt taken out of the tunnel on either side of the track, looking much like a small volcano. There are typically two piles of soil outside the entrance, and it’s a good place for me to put a trap.

Mole Runways are like roads on which they travel; you’ll often spot them by the moles wearing down grass in one area of your garden or lawns’ surface. You may even notice damage to your plants. Runways will surround molehills where the moles burrow.

As for their appearance, Moles are usually brown, pink, or black, and you can recognise them from their size and body weight. Mole control experts like myself can offer a service that takes care of this for you when coming to your property to remove the moles.

What is the best mole deterrent?

There is no definitive answer to this question other than swift action. However, I use Mole Traps in a strategic manner that means that they don’t come back. Here’s how I do that:

Mole control experts will use a ‘live mole trap’ technique, where they find the mole’s tunnel exit once it has surfaced for food to trap them.


Mole tunnels usually have two openings, one at each end. However, sometimes they have three tunnels going down with holes on the surface of each tunnel. So I place a trap here also.


The active moles will come up from their deep tunnels, and I find them by looking for new holes and putting the bait on the ground. Then I set traps near those places to catch them as they move through their tunnels or when they surface.

What should I not do?

Do not use any poison, mole repellents (even natural repellents such as castor oil), or costly commercial mole traps yourself. They will often go wrong or have no effect.

You should also never try to dig them out of their tunnel yourself with a spade because you won’t find anything but soil, earthworms and insects!

Usually, Mole catchers like myself will often set up traps below ground level or just above it to catch the Moles alive in a Mole trap without ever harming them.


Do moles harm humans?

Moles are solitary animals and tend to avoid humans. Still, these small mammals can pose a health hazard to people with allergies. These creatures also carry common diseases such as rabies or Lyme disease.

Think of this animal in terms of the damage they create and understand that moles can become a health threat if you suffer from allergies, but they aren’t man-killing moles.


Why do I need to get rid of moles?

Mole Hills

Molehills cause unsightly lawn surface damage for homeowners. Mole activity is not only frustrating, but it can become costly if left unchecked.
Mole mounds also present a tripping hazard to pedestrians and will need immediate removal before the problem becomes unmanageable.

You may be wondering, just how bad can these things get? Molehills on your garden lawn can slowly grow into colossal hills and mounds of soil. Over time, they will undermine any newly planted trees and their roots, flower beds, or shrubs you put in the yard.

Mole Tunnels

Moles are also a nightmare for home gardeners. With their deep tunnels under your lawns and garden, Moles will ruin your:

  • Gardens’ lawn surface
  • Plants
  • Soil
  • Flower beds
  • Plants’ roots
  • Wildlife in your garden, as Moles will reduce earthworm activity and eat the insects living in your soil.

In addition, tunnels beneath your garden patios’ surface can lead to structural damage. Finally, when more traditional mounds spring up near walkways, they present a severe tripping hazard for anyone getting close enough!

It is crucial for homeowners who detect mole tunnel activity around their homes to contact Smyth Pest Control in Somerset.

When are moles active?

Mole activity slows down during the winter, where they will spend most of their time in their nest and tunnels, but that doesn’t mean they are not active, as you may well find moles spring up in your garden year-round.

Expect Molehills in early spring and summer (the breeding season) when female moles care for young in the nest. They typically have these in the nest breeding season from late April through September, with a four week gestation period for a single litter.

Mole control can be challenging because these creatures live deep in the ground, and I often find their tunnels under many types of terrain. Because of that, professionals such as myself at Smyth Pest Control are best at handling Mole control. I will act quickly to investigate Mole tunnels in these areas and take appropriate pest control measures, such as trapping.

As a Mole catcher from Smyth Pest Control, I know how Mole tunnels work and have spent much time learning about Mole habits, Mole behaviour, and where mole-hills will spring up. Although, trapping moles certainly isn’t a simple process. Using a mole trap for gardens may be most effective, but using a different method for another place. 

Commonly asked questions about moles:

Commonly asked questions about moles:

Do moles eat worms?

Moles feed on grubs, worms, and other soil-dwelling insects that they unearth and dig out with their powerful front paws. While they sometimes do catch and eat small rodents, they are not the most significant enemy of your local wildlife, as they usually eat earthworms.

Therefore, if you have moles at your location, congratulations! Having Moles means that you have good soil with plenty of earthworms as a food source.

What's the difference between a mole and a vole?

A Mole is a primarily dark furry animal that looks like a stout, long-nosed mouse with small eyes and lives in a tunnel system underground in the soil. A Vole, such as meadow voles, is a mainly light-coloured, short-tailed rodent that lives in grassy areas and shrubby fields. They aren’t quite as interested in garden lawns, but you might see them occasionally. Moles and voles are a bit different. While moles live primarily underground, a vole will spend more time above ground in open areas such as lawns, fields, shrubs, and gardens.

What are the different species of the mole family?

Mole varieties in the United Kingdom include the Common Mole, Star-Nosed Mole, and Eastern Mole. Different species of the mole population will do more damage to lawns than others. Therefore, it’s essential to get a pest control expert to trap them when you notice any damage. Mole removal costs less than trapping other types of animals. To get rid of moles is far more straightforward, but not if you don’t know what you’re doing.

1. Contact

When you detect Mole activity around your home, the first step should be to contact me if you suspect that you have moles in your presence.

2. Survey

I will check for Mole activity, tunnels, and the nest. I’ll also find the moles’ food source to determine the best course of action to remove these animals from your property. 

3. Treatment

I will apply Mole repellent and Mole bait to your lawn area. Mole repellent contains an unpleasant scent for moles, which serves as a temporary deterrent for Mole activity. At the same time, Mole traps will trap these pests when they surface for food.

4. Aftercare

I won’t just sprinkle some castor oil down and leave you to it; instead, I’ll explain afterwards how the Mole control went, what worked or didn’t work, and any problems. Then I’ll deal with the captured moles and take action to prevent these pests from coming back.

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