Up until the early 1900s, mole trapping was practised throughout the country by dedicated individuals whose mysterious skills kept moles under control.
The widespread adoption of the Strychnine-laced worm method (where worms are laced with a poison and dropped down a hole for the mole to consume) brought about the widescale demise of the traditional mole catcher, says Mr Rogers.
Since controlling moles with Strychnine was banned from September 2006, farmers and landowners have been faced with having to find new methods of controlling this pest.
Today, trapping is often perceived as being too labour intensive and impractical by many landowners.
“People seem to prefer looking at the weird and wonderful methods highly recommended to them in the local pub or over a neighbour’s hedge,” he says.
“There are various flawed suggestions now circulating among farmers and gardeners about the best ways to catch moles. These range from gassing with exhaust fumes, putting broken glass in the tunnels and spreading weasel droppings, to blasting their tunnels using the latest gas banging equipment intended for the destruction of redundant burrows.”
On many farms, Mr Rogers says mole populations have increased. Problems such as heavily soiled silage, a deterioration of its quality and listeriosis are all common issues on-farm.
Trapping is by far the most reliable and effective method of control, but only when done properly, using the right equipment and techniques.
But trapping from October until early June is not the most pleasant of jobs.
“Digging in the ground, setting around 70 traps a day in mid-winter can become rather muddy and tedious at times.”
Plus, freezing conditions as experienced in recent winters, bring mole catching to a frustrating halt, yet the mole continues to thrive, digging deeper to maintain a food supply.
Despite the unpleasant working conditions and the stigma that trapping is impractical, Mr Rogers says numerous large farms have now seen the benefits.
“Those farmers need no longer worry about the problems associated with molehills in their grass silage or crops.”
The once-forgotten skills of the traditional mole catchers of the 1800s are now making a much needed comeback to assist the UK’s 21st century farmers.
Not everyone wishes to use a contractor to control their moles. To help those who want to deal with the problem themselves, Mr Rogers has put together his top 10 tips to achieving mole catching success.