Mole Catching, the Traditional Way

Judd Rolfe | Accredited Master Molecatcher. Recognised by The Guild of British Mole Catchers, UK Rural Skills; and registered on The British Mole Catchers Register.

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Traditional Mole Control

My name is Judd Rolfe and I am a Master Molecatcher living and working in Hampshire. I carry out mole control for domestic, commercial & agricultural customers, offering a fast, friendly, reliable and effective service to help you with your mole problems. No gas or poison is ever used, which in my opinion is unreliable. I only use traditional mole traps, British made, with powerful actions, making them very effective and humane.

Moles can be a real nuisance, but it is important that they are controlled as humanely as possible. I currently hold a Guild of British Molecatchers "Master Molecatcher" certificate, which is recognised and supported by UK Rural Skills. I still use the old system of "no mole, no fee", meaning if I fail to catch your moles, there is no charge, regardless of how much time has been spent. In doing this, you the customer will only pay by results, also it shows I am very confident in my skills as a professional molecatcher.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or queries you may have, I am more than happy to help.

Molecatching Through the Ages

For thousands of years man has been carrying out mole control in one way or another. Archeologists have even found small earthenware pots from ancient Roman sites, believed to be an early type of mole trap.

The humble mole has even played an important role in British history. Famously for the subsequent demise of King William III. In 1702 whilst riding through Hampton Court, his horse stumbled on a mole hill, throwing him from the saddle. Having been left with a broken collarbone the Kings health deteriorated and it is believed he finally died of pneumonia. This led to the famous Jacobite toast to "the little gentleman in the black velvet waistcoat".

Traps and techniques changed over the coming centuries, but one thing remained the same, that was the art and skill possessed by the Molecatcher. Skills passed on from generation to generation, often staying in the same families for years on end. There was a time when every village and parish across the country had its own Molecatcher, who would look after their own patch, controlling the mole populations for Parishes, land owners & farmers etc. This practice went on right up to the early 20th century, until poison became widely available. All that was required, was for a person to inject worms with strychnine using a syringe and then simply place them in the mole runs.

As a consequence, the art of the Molecatcher was required less and less, resulting in a loss of skill from the countryside. However, back in 2006, it was decided that poisoning with strychnine was an inhumane way to carry out mole control. Also there was a very serious risk of secondary poisoning to other wildlife, as a result a Europe wide ban was put in place. Because of this the Molecatcher is now very much back in demand and since the ban on strychnine back in 2006, and a run of mild winters ,the mole population has rocketed to an estimated 30 - 40 million across the UK.

Services

Domestic & Commercial £60.00

When I lift my traps you will then have a two week period whereby, if another mole appears, I will come back and trap it for just £15.00 I will not charge a trap setting fee. After the two weeks are up, further activity will be considered a new contract.

Areas of Work

    • Private Gardens
    • Small Holdings
    • Parish Councils / Recreational Land
      • Horse Paddocks / Equestrian
      • Race Courses
    • Churches
    • Golf Courses
    • Sport Centres
    • Hotels / Wedding Venues

Agricultural £17.50 p/h

For agricultural clients I tend to charge by the hour, as the large numbers of moles that can be encountered does not make it cost effective to charge per mole.

Areas of Work

    • Farms
    • Country Estates
    • Orchards

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I Get Another Mole?

This is the number one question I get asked by my customers and I'm afraid there is no easy answer to this one! Every situation and environment is different, so it's very hard to say for sure whether or not you will get another mole back. Sometimes after clearing an area of moles, another will appear in a matter of days, sometimes it can take months or years. That is why I give a two week period after the initial trapping phase, when I will return and remove the new mole without charging a trapping fee (only price per mole).

How Many Moles do I Have?

As moles are territorial, most average sized gardens will have just the one mole but it will depend on the size of the area and the available food source present. If food is scarce, then they will have to create more tunnels, thus more molehills, in order to find sufficient food. It can come as quite a surprise to a customer when I inform them that all of that destruction to their lawn, is the work of just one mole! Although territorial, moles do have neighbours - just like us, so the larger the property, the greater the chance you will have several moles present.

Are Moles Blind?

Contrary to popular opinion, moles are not in fact blind. They have fully functioning eyes, albeit with very poor eyesight. It is thought that they can distinguish between light and dark, but very little else.

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  • Mobile:

    07834 046263

  • Email:

    judd@countymolecatcher.co.uk

  • Location:

    Laverstoke, Hampshire