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How to Identify Signs of Garden Moles

It’s unlikely that you will ever see moles as they rarely venture above ground, but the irritating evidence of their existence on your property is hard to miss:

  • 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.

Rentokil South Africa does not offer mole control as part of our service package; however you may find the information and advice below useful when trying to get rid of moles in the garden. For advice or assistance on any other types of pests, please call us on 0861 117 852.

Facts about Garden Moles

  1. 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.
  2. Moles can build around six new hills within 24 hours.
  3. The biggest molehill is not necessarily the newest.
  4. Many molehills do not always mean many moles.