Other Pests - Rabbits

Rabbits

  • The wild rabbit has long ears and long hind legs and can grow to 48cms in length, weighing up to 2kg.
  • They live in burrowing systems known as warrens (a maze of interconnecting tunnels, nesting chambers and living quarters).
  • Rabbits can be seen in hedgerows, woods, banks and farmland.
  • They are mainly nocturnal, feeding outside their burrows at dawn and dusk on grass, green plants and tree bark.
  • A female can have between 2 and 4 litters a year, each producing up to 6 young.
  • The average life span of a wild rabbit is 1 to 2 years.

Rabbits can be a Prolific PestDamaged CropsBurrows Indicating Warren
Evidence
  • Rabbits cause untold damage to crops each year. Their digging activity can cause damage to golf courses, race courses, ornate gardens and countryside.
Treatment
  • If control is necessary it may be better to consider fencing, although costly it provides a long term solution. We can supply and erect mesh fencing and offer a maintenance service.
  • During the winter months we would control rabbits in their warrens and burrows by applying Aluminum Phosphide. This is only carried out in the winter as the soil needs to be moist to react with the gassing tablets and the vegetation has died back enough to find all the burrows.
  • On golf courses and race courses we can provide night time shooting. This can reduce the population numbers in a very short space of time.

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