Demand up as moles dig rain
A PEST control business has seen its workforce almost double over the past 12 months – partly thanks to the dismal summer weather.
Suddenstrike, in Nantwich, now employs 11 people after winning new contracts from football clubs, airports and schools.
And managers say the wet summer means they have been inundated with calls from householders plagued by moles.
The firm has taken on a new mole-catcher, Rob Benson, to cope with demand.
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Steve Wilkinson, who runs Suddenstrike with son James and daughter Emily, said: "Moles cause utter devastation in gardens and farmer's fields and as we head to harvest time, we know things are going to get even busier.
"They love moisture and fresh soil. Heavy rainfall brings worms to the surface, presenting plentiful food so it's been a field day for moles this summer.
"With more than 20 mole-related calls a week we needed to extend our workforce to handle the demand."