European (garden) moles can do considerable damage to turf, lawns, formal gardens, fairways, greens and sports grounds with their constant digging.  They can quickly establish themselves in a location due to their ability to tunnel up to 4 metres an hour, creating complex burrow systems. The eyesight of moles is generally poor, as is their sense of smell. They find food by their acute sense of touch and vibration.

Mole hills and ridges spoil lawns, bowling and golf greens and flower beds. Their tunnelling damages the roots of young plants and exposes stones and debris that can damage machinery. These factors are costly to gardeners and businesses that rely on their grounds, lawns, greens or gardens. 


How To Get Rid of Garden Moles


There is little that can be done to prevent moles entering an area. They often move in from adjacent woodland and banks.  Moles are good swimmers and streams present no barrier to their movement

There are plenty of old wives tales that will tell you how to get rid of garden moles, but most of these have no scientific support whatsoever. These include:

  • Flooding mole tunnels with a hosepipe

  • Pouring castor oil down the tunnels


TIP YOU CAN TRUST: Reduce the main food source of moles by removing moss and weeds that earthworms are known to like. Having said that, it’s worth remembering that a certain number of worms are good for aerating the soil in your lawn.


Professional Garden Mole Removal


There is an argument for tolerating a small number of moles, as they are not known to carry disease. If this is how you feel, simply remove the earth that makes up the molehills and use a roller to flatten lawn areas where required.

However, if you need to get rid of the garden moles on your land, Ecopoise has the expertise to help.


  • In our experience, professional trapping or fumigation are the only effective solutions to a serious mole problem

  • Our certified technicians understand the habits of moles enabling effective, highly targeted treatment



How to Identify Signs of Garden Moles


  • Molehills are the name given to fresh mounds of earth that spring up overnight on lawns and other grassy areas.


  • Newly formed molehills will have loose, damp soil between the blades of grass, whereas the soil on older hills will have become flatter and more compacted.


  • Distinctive raised ridges are also caused by the extensive tunneling of moles.


  • Mole runs disturb roots and can hinder growth in crops, flowering plants and lawn areas.


  • Tunnelling by moles will bring stones up to the surface which may damage mowing machines and harvesters.


  • The very uneven ground caused by raised ridges and molehills can cause livestock to fall and become injured.


Facts about Garden Moles


  • A mole’s burrow area is a complex system of different types of tunnels. Permanent tunnels used to travel to feeding areas are deep below the surface, while feeding tunnel occur just below the topsoil and occasionally break through to the surface.

  • Moles can build around six new hills within 24 hours.

  • The biggest molehill is not necessarily the newest.

  • Many molehills do not always mean many moles.

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