American Mink control
Lady Mole Catcher is also qualified to deal with American Mink.
About American Mink
A non-native species, the semi-aquatic American Mink (Neovison vison) is found across the UK and can cause a negative impact on surrounding wildlife and habitat. Often mistaken for otters, American Mink are smaller and as the name suggests, native to North America. With no natural predators in the UK, this alien invader is thriving.
Their presence around the world is due to escapees or animals who were deliberately released from fur farms in the 1990s – today’s American Mink are usually their descendants. In Norfolk, the American Mink can have a highly detrimental affect on many of indigenous animals, including protected wildlife. The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership encourages control programmes to prevent this highly active predator from killing water voles (an endangered species), wild birds and water fowl.
How do you know if you have American Mink on your land?
If you have birds or fish, you may notice a sharp decline in their numbers. This is often an indicator of the presence of American Mink because they are aggressive and will kill more prey than they need. This also applies to caged birds or poultry as female and young mink are small enough to enter small spaces. American Mink tend to follow waterways and can be found in fresh and salt water areas.
Why control American Mink?
There are a few issues to consider if you discover American Mink:
- American Mink numbers have increased rapidly in the last 30-40 years and they are now widespread across the UK
- The mink we have in Britain are not native and therefore can create issues for our established wildlife (especially endangered water voles)
- An aggressive predator, the American Mink can easily destroy fish, wild birds, water fowl and poultry
- Law states that if a non-native animal is caught in a trap, the trapper is legally obliged to dispatch the animal, as release would be a criminal offence.
- There are several methods for killing mink but it’s preferable to use the most humane methods available (such as specially designed cages or mink rafts)
- The Canal & River Trust supports targeted control of American mink, in order to protect our waterways, as well as for the conservation of water vole populations. Find out more at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-wildlife/the-rogues-gallery/mink
- American Mink also has an impact on the tourism industry – especially game shooting and angling
Louise Chapman BA (Hons) PGCE
Norfolk’s very own Lady Mole Catcher®
Who I work with
- Householders in their gardens
- Farmers and Land Agents
- Outdoor Leisure Facilities
- Restaurants and Pubs
- Local Authorities
After a frustrating three months of mole activity in the garden, which had unhappily thwarted others, I contacted Louise. The very next morning the mole catcher arrived to set the traps. When he checked them the following afternoon, two moles had been caught! I am very impressed by the speedy, professional and, above all, most effective, service provided. Brilliant!
We have used Louise on three occasions for cluster flies and a flea issue at our holiday home. Every time she has provided an excellent service and dealt with the problem very quickly for us.
Having found moths in our lounge/dining room carpet I got in touch with Louise. She came, looked, explained about the damage moths do to carpets and treated all our carpets, both upstairs and down. She was efficient, very professional and returned twice more to check she had got rid of them. She is very friendly and also very interesting to talk to. We would not hesitate to recommend her. Thank you Louise!
One of the joys in my life is the many varieties of birds that come into the garden and use the bird feeders. Recently Grey Squirrels had become a serious nuisance. They are spiteful not only to each other but to the birds, who became reluctant to use the feeders. I was also concerned that once the birds started laying their eggs they would take those as well. I contacted Louise, the Lady Mole Catcher and asked for her help. Louise assured me that she would trap the Squirrels humanely, which she did very efficiently. Seven Squirrels later I now have the birds feeding again. I thoroughly recommend Louise she is professional, friendly and very efficient at what she does.
Louise did an excellent job. She responded quickly to our request and her knowledge and professional approach were exactly what we were looking for. She was able to catch the squirrels that had caused so much damage and do so fitting in around our other commitments. I would certainly recommend.
Louise was dealing with a mole & rat problem we had which she dealt with very efficiently. On her last visit we discovered a wasp nest & Louise did a great job of getting rid of them too! Cannot recommend her too highly!
Having worked with Louise (Lady Molecatcher) during recent weeks regarding a problem we had with both moles & rats, we then found a wasp nest in our shed. There was nobody else to call but Lady Molecatcher…the wasp nest was dealt with professionalism and knowledge, it was all over in just a few moments. Sorted! We then discovered another two wasp nests in the roof of the house and again Lady Molecatcher arrived the same day we called her and again the situation was dealt with swiftly. We would without any hesitation recommend Louise to deal with any of the above issues you may have. It was a pleasure to come across somebody who can deal with these issues in a professional manner but always with a smile on her face.
I'd like to thank Louise for solving a Bed Bug problem swiftly. My daughter had arrived home after a school trip and brought with her some unwelcome guests - Bed Bugs! My daughter was bitten and the Doctor confirmed Bed Bugs, which he said probably hitched a ride in my daughter's luggage. Louise came the very day I 'phoned her and took control of the situation. Thank you Louise, what a relief!!
Louise sorted our first mole problem in just two hours, the second by the next morning. Her professionalism, knowledge and experience of where to position the traps was so accurate, just amazing! We have felt incredibly comfortable working with Louise who is a very friendly and sociable young lady. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Louise.
Louise was very prompt and efficient. We had a serious rabbit problem which she has brought under control. She explained what was needed, carried out the work and returned as promised to complete what was started. We would definitely recommend Louise to anyone.
Rabbits, not moles, were my problem. Lots of them and notice the past tense. Over the years I had tried my methods and different individuals to cure my rabbit problem without luck. My garden over the past two years was devoured by rabbits. Along came Louise and within three weeks the rabbits were gone. Her approach was multifaceted. She arrived when she said she would, kept me informed of progress while I was away by video and persisted until I could confirm there were no more sightings of rabbits. I would recommend her services.
Very professional and quick results. If you have moles in your lawn, call Louise. I will always recommend you! Thank you.