What an excellent article by Dr.Rob Atkinson in support of the many qualities and remarkable abilities of moles. Here I must declare my interest: I am the inventor of the popular Easyset Mole trap.
Dr Atkinson rightly acknowledges that not everyone appreciates these qualities, particularly farmers with grazing herds and flocks, horse keepers, grounds men, park and green keepers and,not least, gardeners passionate about their immaculate lawns! For centuries man has trapped moles and will continue to do so.
I do not foresee that we will return to the days of trapping moles for their pelts: such was the wholesale annihilation of moles for this purpose nearly a hundred years ago that the killing of moles was prohibited by law in Germany – a law that still stands to this day. Notwithstanding the vast numbers of moles that exist in the northern hemisphere today (31 million in the UK alone), the vested interest of those who wish to remove moles poses no threat to their existence, unlike many animal species in the world.
So if moles are doing you no harm I say ‘leave them alone and in peace to pursue their singular and lonely existence’. On the other hand if you wish to remove a mole that’s offending you, don’t waste your time or money on deterrents (sonic or smoke etc.) as they will merely circumvent them and return. Remove the mole by using a trap that will kill them quickly and humanely.
One tip: ( maybe ‘old wives tale’ but it’s worked for me!) As Dr.Atkinson says when one mole goes another will soon sense it and move into the established network (why work for a living!). If you have successfully killed a mole, inter it respectfully into the hole from whence it came and cover it up. It might send a message to an intruder coming up the tunnel! I have done this in my garden and not had an intruder for four years now and there is still plenty of mole activity outside where I am happy to let them get on with their short lives.
Inventor of The EasySet Mole Trap and owner of Beagle Garden products.
17th March 2016.