Moles may be among one of the cuter pests, but this doesn’t mean that they won’t cause significant damage to your property.

While it’s unlikely they’ll ever make their way into your home, their underground tunnels can ruin your garden. If you’ve noticed mounds of excavated soil on your lawn or destroyed flowerbeds, it’s likely you have a mole infestation.

The question you’re likely to be asking is ‘how long will moles live in a garden?’

Moles live for an average of three years. Providing there’s a plentiful supply of food and they’re being left undisturbed, there’s no reason why they won’t stay put for most of their lives.

This means that how long a mole lives in your garden is entirely down to you. If you would rather your garden stays intact, there are a number of ways you can encourage these pests to move on.

Check your soil for other pests – problems are often caused by an oversupply of grubs and bugs.

If you want to protect specific plants, dig a two to three-foot hole and line the sides and bottom with wire mesh. Fill the hole with soil and the plant so moles won’t be able to get to them.

Invest in a sonic device -the noise will make moles want to move on pretty quickly.

Take away their food supply by controlling earthworm population.

Please note that you shouldn’t try to eliminate a mole infestation yourself. Prevention can only be undertaken by specifically trained pest control experts and is subject to site risk assessments and method statements.