Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Well, today I received two packages, one containing smoke bombs, and one containing humane mole traps.
The smoke bombs certainly seemed to do wonders - of course they may have just stunned the moles into submission, but who cares when they aren't pushing up as much soil or breaking peoples ankles on their tunnel network...
...WHICH by the way is totally ridiculous! You'd be amazed at how many tunnels these things can do.
Aparrently they can tunnel 4M in one hour...
...that's just over 13 FEET in ONE hour!!
It's not the fact that the tunnels are only about 2 inches in diameter, it's the fact that there are so MANY tunnels, and sometimes they make a sort of junction under the grass, thus making the tunnel into a small cavern underneath - i've lost my footing more than once in these junctions, I can tell you!
So anyway, I got these things in the post this morning, and I will eagerly use them as soon as there is more evidence of moles again - for at the moment everything is quiet on the front line.
I took my mower/tractor out onto the back lawn, and drove around flattening the tunnels and molehills so I would be able to see any new ones, or signs where the little blighter was living and hunting.
So far no signs of life - which may be a good sign that they've moved on.
Of course, it may be a sign that they've decided to breed like mad, then come at me with a whole army of tunnelling little horrors!
Luckily moles are solo animals apart from at breeding time, and very territorial, so I probably actually only have two moles on our land (well hopefully anyway!).
Let's see what happens over the next few days - I'll keep you informed!