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Do moles always live underground or can they come to the surface?
Moles will be found throughout Maidenhead and Berkshire and live in both rural and urban areas, moles are amazing animals perfectly designed to spend their lives underground, living in their mole runs and rarely venturing above ground. Young moles have to disperse away from their mothers territory in June to find their own place to set up a new territory of their own, this is when your likely to see moles moving above ground.
Are moles solitary or do they live in family groups?
Moles live a solitary life where they only come together in the spring to breed, they will tolerate the shared use of some tunnels that overlap different territories as we occasionally catch two moles in a double ended trap. A group of moles is called a 'labour of moles' - the only time that you'll ever find more than two moles together is when the mother has her pups with her.
If moles live underground why do they make molehills?
Moles are constantly digging new runs and pushing the spare excavated dirt is a Herculean task which consumes a great deal of calories, the tunnels are used for moving through the area and for collecting insects, larvae and worms that fall into them. The molehills contain stones and excess dirt; most of the dirt is compressed into the sides of the mole runs which have a smooth finish.
If moles live in the dark, how do they know when its time to sleep?
Moles have a different lifecycle to use, we're all familiar with the term "dog years" well moles patrol their territory over a four hour period, they will then rest for another four hours and on wakening begin the cycle of activity again, so one human day equates to three mole days.
Because of their rapid lifecycle we do not advocate the use of "humane" traps for moles; moles also have a fast metabolism and unless you check the traps hourly the mole will starve to death, so its not humane. Releasing a 'humanely' trapped mole which is half starved, into potentially another moles territory means that these two moles will fight to the death.
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Some facts about moles and molehills
Moles are found throughout Great Britain wherever there are suitable well drained and fertile soils for tunnelling.
Moles have poor eyesight as they live in total darkness, however their hearing is extremely acute and they have a really good sense of smell to locate earthworms and beetles.
Mole fur is very dense with thicker strands in the centre of the fibre and thinner at each end; this helps the mole to reduce resistance and move more easily in any direction.
The mole has a short sensitive tail which it keeps erect, rubbing along the top of the burrow wall as it moves around, this helps it navigate by feeling for tell tale objects in the roof of the tunnel like roots and stones.
Moles use different types of tunnel; deep tunnels which may be more than 25cms deep and are used for shelter or access to their nests rather than for feeding.
The feeding tunnels have a depth that is usually about 5-20 cm below the surface, and the soil from these is what you see as molehills.
Surface tunnels can be easily seen just under the grass roots where the moles are looking for invertebrates that feed in such areas. Here the soil or grass is pushed up to form a ridge on the surface of the ground; surface tunnels may also be used by male moles to gain rapid access to breeding females.
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Maidenhead Pest Control; we are mole catching experts, we are that confident of our ability to catch moles that we operate a "no catch no fee" service - if we don't catch your mole then you don't get the bill, however we usually catch!