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Moles invade British Lawns

Grassclippings - MolesGardeners are bracing themselves for even more damp news following Britain’s wettest summer in a century - an invasion of moles. 

A surge in the hard-working diggers is threatening to destroy thousands of lawns as they uproot flowers and bury grass beneath soil mounds.

The summer rain created perfect breeding conditions as males could more easily dig tunnels to find mates as the ground was softened. 

Millions of baby moles have been born over the past few weeks reported the Daily Telegraph and the cumulative threat to lawn owners up and down the Country could be catastrophic.   And thanks to the cooler and wet conditions on the ground, moles have also had less trouble in burrowing for worms and insects to eat.

Gardeners are permitted to kill moles as pests but, under the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996, must do so in a "humane way", meaning they should not cause unnecessary suffering.

Beating and asphyxiating moles to death are banned, but other methods of extermination such as traps, gas or ferrets are considered acceptable by law.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals claims most people will be incapable of killing an animal without "unnecessary suffering" and recommends the use of vets or pest control experts to ensure laws are not breached.

A spokesman for the RSPB, which originally conducted the survey to see how the weather is affecting garden birds, said the wet conditions have also caused a rise in earthworms, which has provided a boost for blackbirds and thrushes as well as moles.

Increased numbers of slugs and snails are also proving helpful to hedgehogs, frogs, toads and grass snakes, the RSPB said.

Read More on The Daily Telegraph or The Daily Mail

Controlling Worm populations will help deter Moles.  Controlling Moles in your Lawn

It's a job for The Mole Catcher who is also responsible for the funny Mole Show


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