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13th October 2011
A warning this week as Britain’s lawns are under pressure thanks to a boom in mole populations. Current numbers are at an estimated 33-40 million, and thanks to conventional poisons being banned from use there is little in the way to prevent this growth.
Mole hills cause a number of problems; aside from spoiling a carefully tended garden and damaging the petunias, an infestation of moles can cause damage to gardens and fields that may be dangerous to children and pets, as moles dig close to the surface and a sudden tunnel collapse can twist ankles and cause hard falls.
The boom is being blamed on a number of reasons. Back in 2001, the Foot and Mouth epidemic stopped control and prevention measured being put into place which allowed the numbers to bloom. Then in 2006, a ban on the poison strychnine meant pest controllers would have to use more conventional and humane methods of stopping a mole infestation.
Despite the problems caused by the moles, a spokesperson for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust wants people to be careful when labelling moles as pests. It is suggested to simply rake over a molehill and warn children about the dangers a collapsing tunnel can present. If you want to keep moles out of your garden, there are a number of humane control methods available, such as sonic repellers.
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