Moles are often presented as "beneficial insects" because they loosen, mix and aerate the soil. They exterminate unwanted pests such as grubs, snail larvae and slugs. However, the main food of moles consists of earthworms, which are actually important for soil structure. They also favour the colonisation of various animal, fungal and plant species both above and below ground by creating tunnels and piles. It is also true that moles - in contrast to voles - cause practically no feeding damage to plants, as they eat almost exclusively animal food. Nevertheless, considerable damage can occur in connection with mole infestations.
If anything distinguishes the mole, it is its manic burrowing instinct. The annual work of a mole can amount to a tonne of excavated earth. This leaves clear traces in the affected areas. Moles create extensive networks of hunting tunnels underground in search of food. As described earlier, these tunnels, which run close to the surface, visibly bulge upwards. Turf becomes uneven and you sink in when walking over it. For deeper tunnels, the mole must move soil upwards and deposit it in the form of molehills.
Basically, moles are infested with a whole range of worms and parasites. Fleas, mites and ticks can be found in mole nests. However, moles are not known to be carriers of disease. Nevertheless, as with all other wild animals, unnecessary skin contact should be avoided. Therefore, gloves should always be worn when trapping and hands and arms should be washed thoroughly after work.
There are only a few possibilities that prevent or make it more difficult for moles to settle.
Sound waves and vibrations disturb moles and can drive them away from their territory. Acoustic animal repellers are a wildlife and environmentally friendly way to prevent moles from entering the garden. The waterproof SWISSINNO solar mole repeller has a large range of 650 m². The integrated solar cell, together with the device's rechargeable battery, ensures 24-hour continuous operation. The repeller is effective against both moles and voles.
A 100% guarantee of success cannot be given with this method. It is a gentle procedure, The animals always have the possibility to stay despite the disturbance. Various reasons can lead to a reduced effect: For example, habituation may occur, individuals may have poor hearing or simply do not feel disturbed, or there is no suitable alternative territory. Very light, sandy or dry soils transmit sound poorly.
Moles have been hunted for a very long time, not so much for the damage they cause, but for their velvety fur. About 2000 of the little furs were needed for a decent "Mole Skin" coat. Traditionally, moles were caught in the last centuries, mainly with traps.
Unlike rodents such as mice, rats, field mice and voles, moles are only single or few animals. Normally, only one mole lives in a normal house garden. Often a mole's territory even extends over several neighbouring gardens. As a reminder, they are grumpy loners with reveries up to 2000m2 large. Therefore, control with traps is particularly effective because you cover a large area with just a few traps.
Impact traps are an efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly method of controlling moles. SWISSINNO recommends the Mole Trap SuperCat. This high-quality trap is very easy to use, lasts for many years, catches moles from both directions of travel and is harmless to users and pets. The traps are placed in the mole hole. As soon as a mole tries to walk through the trap or presses the trigger, the trap is triggered and the mole is killed.