Eco Friendly Live Catch & Release Mole Control in Oxfordshire UK

Live catch and release mole control in Oxfordshire UK is the ideal solution if moles are

causing trouble in your garden. Unlike all other pests, moles are a native species to the UK,

with an estimated population of 35-40 million.

These are among the most fascinating creatures on Earth, in that they live entirely

underground. Moles are odd-looking creatures who dig through the earth in search of tasty

grubs and worms to feast on. In fact, moles need to eat their weight in worms and grubs every


One interesting fact about moles, is that due to their underground lifestyle, moles can tolerate

high levels of carbon dioxide. This is because their blood cells have specialized to absorb and

release more oxygen. And a common misconception is that moles are blind; that fact is, a

mole's tiny eyes are light sensitive.

Unfortunately, as moles create their underground world, they can wreak havoc in your garden;

while they dig their tunnels, they can inadvertently dig through roots, killing your plants.

Molehills are unsightly, but their tunnels can also weaken the ground, causing sinkholes. This

can be dangerous, especially for livestock. A yard riddled with molehills and crisscrossed with

underground tunnels can even cause a hazard to you, your children, or your pets.

Pest Control in Oxford

Pest control companies have been banned from using strychnine to kill moles and other pests

since 2006. In response, most pest control companies in Oxford have turned to gassing

moles to death with products based on aluminum phosphide. This method may only be

performed by a fully trained pest control specialist.

While the typical pest control in Oxford uses poison gas to kill moles, Pro Pest can

live trap moles, and relocate them to a safe place.

Mole Catchers are a British Tradition

Archaeologists have found evidence of molecatchers all the way back to the Roman Empire;

an excavation of one old Roman Britain site found earth ware pots buried under the ground.

The pots were filled with water, to trap and drown moles.

The tradition of British molecatchers did not die when the Romans left the island. In fact, for

millennia, molecatchers travelled from farm to farm, ridding the farmer’s fields of these

destructive pests. The molecatcher would receive food and lodging while there, as well as

payment for every mole caught. The molecatcher could also sell the soft, downy moleskins to

fur dealers.

In the early 1900s, Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII, had a mole-fur coat made to

start a fashion trend. Queen Alexandra’s goal was to create a demand for mole fur, thus

turning a serious pest problem in the kingdom into a lucrative industry. Furthermore, mole

leather is very soft and supple.

Most traditional molecatchers set out snares to catch moles, being very careful to remove any

human scent from the snares. But as time passed, traps used to catch moles became more

complex, using cast iron or weighted wood, and eventually steel springs.

Pro Pest Solutions are a new breed of traditional molecatcher, using no-kill traps to catch and

relocate the moles destroying your garden. While moles are certainly not an endangered

species, these are native animals with a place in the natural environment of Oxfordshire and

the UK.

Live Catch and Release Traps

The traps used catch live moles are made of plastic tubes, which are set down into a molehill.

The traps have a lightweight swing door made of metal at either end. This allows the mole to

enter the trap from either end. The doors are hinged in such a way that the mole can only go

in one direction, into the trap. Once they are in, they can’t get out.

This method of trapping and relocating the moles will not inadvertently capture or harm any

other animal. Also, it will not contaminate your soil with harmful and toxic aluminum-based


However, live mole traps must be checked frequently, to prevent the animals from suffering

and death. Moles have a very high metabolic rate, and can suffer from the cold very quickly.

With that in mind, the best times of year to trap and relocate moles are during the spring and


Proper Relocation of Moles

Moles are very territorial and releasing a mole into another mole's territory can result in

fighting and even death. Also, releasing moles into an area with no existing tunnel system

puts pressure on the mole to start digging right away, to find enough food to survive.

A ‘soft’ release includes measures to assist the moles in adapting to their new environment,

increasing the success of a relocation. This is especially important for moles, since both their

behaviour and biology makes it difficult for them to be relocated.

If live-trapped moles are to be successfully relocated, they should be taken to a release site

using a soft release method that involves a nesting chamber with bedding and enough food

for 4 days. That will give the mole time to adjust and get digging in their new environment.

Contact Pro Pest Solutions for Live Catch and Release Mole Control in Oxfordshire UK

While it may be tempting to try catching and releasing moles yourself, it’s more complicated

than you might think. For one thing, finding and preparing an appropriate place to release the

moles is something best left to an expert.

Another thing to consider is that while they look harmless, moles are known to carry rabies.

While this is rare, normally shy and retiring moles will bite if they feel threatened. Moles are

also known to carry fleas, which can also spread the disease to humans. Handling live moles

requires special equipment, such as heavy gloves, as well as expertise.

Pro Pest technicians are skilled, experienced professionals when it comes to safe mole

removal in Oxfordshire. They understand the nature of moles and use that knowledge to

develop a control plan for your mole problem. They also have respect not only for the animals

they trap, but also for you, your home, your family, and your time.