European Mole (Talpa europaea)
Moles, although not being a health issue can cause unsightly damage to lawns, fields, play areas etc. The holes they dig can cause injury to people and other animals. They can be controlled by trapping.
Due to ongoing service delivery challenges we are only able to provide treatment for moles to Council Housing Tenants and other council properties. You may wish to check for another reputable pest control firm to help you. There are a number of small pest control firms who can provide assistance. We are not able to recommend any, but would suggest an online search for local businesses. We hope to be a in a position to resume normal service delivery soon.
Moles can cause a large amount of amenity damage to gardens and sports areas.
Trapping is the normal method we employ and we would need to have access to the area every day from Monday to Friday. We do not use gas.
Trapping will require holes to be dug in the area affected. While taking every precaution to return lawn areas as far as possible to the state prior to treatment, you need to be aware that there will be some disturbance in your lawn. This is not normally a problem as the damage done while trapping will be less than that caused by the moles.
The council does not have a legal duty to provide a pest control service to control Moles.
What does it cost?
The cost of one weeks trapping is currently £194.77 (Incl VAT) and will require us to have access to your property at least once every day. The traps require to be checked once per day and reset if moles are trapped. This should be discussed with the pest control officer on his first visit on the Monday after you request the service.
Non domestic properties are charged £65.25 (Excl VAT) per hour.
How quickly will we attend?
We aim to attend calls within 10 working days. It is preferable that we set the traps on the following Monday to your call and therefore a weeks trapping will consist of visits throughout that week to check traps and dispose of any trapped animals. The traps would then be removed on the Friday of the same week. This would constitute one weeks trapping.
Do I have to do anything before the officer comes out?
There is no preparatory work required by householders or tenants prior to the initial visit.
What are our working hours?
For the initial visit, we offer a choice of either 08:00 - 12:00 or 12:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday. After the initial visit you may agree a revisit with the officer attending out with these hours but we cannot guarantee this will be possible.
We do not work over the weekends or on public holidays.
How long does a treatment take?
This all depends on the level of infestation however, you should discuss this with your officer during the first visit.
Do you carry out any works to stop future infestations?
There is nothing that can be done realistically to prevent re-infestation of moles.