Mole Catching Prices and Information for bona fide Farmers
and other genuine Agricultural Businesses
Important Information Update
Pre-Booking these services is required for any work from October through to June due to increased demand.
Lancashire Mole Control offers a selection of pricing structures for genuine farmers and growers with land over 10 acres requiring mole control.
If the acreage is less than 10 acres please see Here for mole rates.
Jobs taking over 10 hours chargeable work £15.00
Jobs taking up to 10 hours chargeable work £20.00 per hour
Minimum Charge Per Visit £30.00
Petrol for quad bike £1.00 per hour
Maximum £5.00 per day
diesel fuel for travel to and from your farm using a 4x4, towing a
trailer with quad bike @ 30mpg.
cost is based on the relevant charge per hour plus petrol and diesel charges.
I no longer offer a price per mole as the last
time I charged a farmer per mole for catching his moles was way back in 2005.
My methods, expertise and knowledge of mole catching
mean that since then, I have always caught enough moles per hour to justify an
hourly rate and, more importantly, satisfy the farmers with the final invoice
when they know how many moles have been caught.
My catch rate per hour ranges from 2 moles per
hour up to as many as 9 moles per hour, with my average being around 3.5 moles.
farmers who still like to know the cost per mole, this can bring the actual
price per mole down to less than £3.00 in many instances, and understandably
farmers and landowners are very happy with this arrangement. In fact I am
encouraged and urged on by them to better any previous high daily catch
records, but I generally max out at about 50 to 55 moles a day in ideal working
conditions. (84 is the most I have caught from one days trapping, and
86 moles removed in a total of 12 hours over two days from 88
traps set on the first day). And if I don't or can't catch 20 a day once into a job,
I'm not a happy chappy until I have figured out the reasons why.
In order to improve on these figures I am constantly developing and testing new work methods and systems. Improvements are always possible, but the actual gains are much smaller these days.
I've had to start charging a Minimum Charge per visit to cover wasted time setting up and packing away when I'm asked just to trap a small area that may only take me an hour to trap, or quickly dash round on the quad over a larger area checking traps. I can often cover 100 acres, check and empty traps in less than an hour.
All moles caught that day are presented and left on the farm/business premises unless otherwise told not to do so.
Mole eradication is more effective on a single large block of land (say 200 acres) than many smaller areas that are adjacent on all sides to other landowners. Ideally all neighbouring farmers should carry out some form of mole control to ensure the best possible long-term results.
I use aerial maps of your land and fields and then split the area into sections, which are then individually numbered, and the number of traps placed in each section is recorded. Each traps location co-ordinates are logged via GPS so I can, if you so wish, provide you with an aerial photograph of your land showing each trap position enabling you to see the most affected areas.
Ordnance Survey maps are used to identify public rights of way so I can mark trap sites accordingly.
I can trap fields with sheep and cattle in without any risk to them and only a small affect on my performance, but I insist any equines are removed. If necessary trapping can be carried out over night, it is effective, though not a substitute for a proper trapping program.
Rabbit control can also be carried out at the same time. This can very effective, though my mole catch rate suffers as a result.
Farmland policy for traps going AWOL
Occasionally I do have traps that disappear over night, there are three culprits: the fox, the badger and the two legged bunny/tree hugger often going under other names but general interfering pillock sums them up.
I can easily tell the difference between human and animal interference in the morning, foxes and badgers take the mole and trap; the two legged idiots usually take the trap and leave the mole, or attempt to fill in or cover the trap site so as to think they can fool me into forgetting exactly where I set my traps. My GPS system does not forget though!!!
I need to account financially for these events that are often outside my control so the following rules now apply.
Where I am trapping near known fox, badger habitats or I suspect there is a strong possibility of a visit from one of them overnight I will secure all my traps in that area with wire. Any thing that goes missing overnight due to fox or badger is my responsibility as I didn’t do good enough jobs fastening the traps down.
Where traps are not wired and an unexpected animal, usually a fox takes a trap then it will be judged as having a mole in it and if I don’t find the trap and mole you will be charged for mole and trap. 9 times out of 10 I do find the trap, complete with mole, near by as foxy has decided there are better things to eat.
As for the two legged visitor, again if I’m trapping near known footpaths it is my responsibility to conceal all my traps and if any go missing, I need to do better next time. Once I’m aware of footpaths crossing farm land I usually keep hold of my traps, but the real problems only arise on completely private estates or land that has no public access. Occasionally traps will vanish overnight and it has definitely not been the work of fox or badger. Sometimes I think I may have been watched doing my work. Here I will charge for any stolen traps if the landowner cannot throw any light on possible suspects.
I now use hidden surveillance cameras set to take time lapse photos and monitor areas that I previously have had traps disappear in. The results are quite a shock some times, especially to the thief when I present the evidence, who more often than not should have known better.
And if you didn’t need telling already, if you think you have a mole problem, don’t wait till you start seeing molehills to do something about it. Get a mole catcher in now. A proper molecatcher can catch them even when there are no molehills in the fields. The molecatchers of days gone by did not stop working just because there were no molehills about. They were hired and paid on the condition they had to prevent molehills from appearing in the first place, not catch the moles after they had covered the fields with molehills.
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