CURIOUS INFORMATION ABOUT MOLES

Curious information about moles in the garden

In Europe there are three different species:

the most common mole is the one we usually find in Italy and in the other European countries. This is also the biggest one, it can be 12-15 cm long and weigh 65 - 120 g.

the roman mole (link to Wikipedia), whose snout is far bigger than that of the common one

the blind mole (link to Wikipedia), whose size is smaller.

Habits of moles

Moles are insectivorous, they are already independent when they are two months old, they do not hibernate, they are active both during day and night: an intense activity that requires a lot of energy and therefor copious food. For this reason, moles eat enormous quantities of food, mainly earthworms.

They reproduce at the end of winter and at the beginning of summer.

They are lone animals and they search for other individuals only to couple, once a year.

In the past they were thought to have magical powers and still nowadays, in some way, their life is mysterious.

Their relationship with human beings

Because of their habit to dig tunnels, moles can cause aesthetic damages to gardens and lawns, but also financial losses to agricultural areas.

On the other hand, mankind, due to the intense use of insecticides and chemical products in agriculture, can be a threat for moles: they eat mainly underground invertebrate fauna, that for this reason can contain toxic products.

Check of the damages caused by moles

At the beginning of the last century, thousand people hunted moles: they caught them, skinned them and sold their  fur. This "craft", with the booming economy, was abandoned because scarcely profitable.

But the interruption of this activity contributed to an uncontrolled spread of this animal, often resulting in many problems to farming. In a few decades, the request for help to solve the problem of moles has expanded incredibly, bumping into the absolute lack of effective remedies.

The absence of trustworthy commercially available answers to this threat – a real damage for farmlands  and gardens – drove us to organise ourselves to propose again and enhance this ancient craft, becoming the first moles hunters of the modern age. For this reason we have been asked to intervene not only in Italy but also throughout Europe.

Caution then, be wary of those who pose as “experts” though they are not: ours is a craft that requires much professionalism and expertise.  It cannot be let to unpreparedness!

The current framework law to protect wildlife and regulate hunting.

The current framework law no. 157 dated 11 February 1992 to protect wildlife and regulate hunting states that wildlife is part of the unavailable property of the state: namely it is a property of the state that cannot be caught nor killed. With wildlife all winged animals and mammals existing as permanent or temporary free animal lives in the national territory are intended, except for moles, mice, rats and voles (art. 2).