Wild rabbits are primarily nocturnal animals. It is generally at night when they wander further away from the safety of their warrens. With that in mind, therefore, it is easier to spot a considerably larger number of animals during the night than it is to do so during the light of day.
It may sound like some fable or old wives tale, but it is entirely accurate. Rabbits are prolific breeders. Studies have shown that A female can reproduce from four and give birth to a litter of anything between three and six every month.
Although they look cute and cuddly, they can cause a great deal of damage to property, gardens and almost anything else. They have an insatiable appetite, and one rabbit will consume more than a pound of green food every day. As they like to nibble at the bark on young trees and dig holes into building their warrens, further damage is caused—all of this and the fact that they deposit large quantities of droppings over the ground.
You might think that you may be able to get rid of this pest on your own, or because you have read a DIY or How To article online, that you now know what you are doing. However, suppose you want to make sure the problem of unwanted rabbits on your property is sorted. In that case, it is recommended that you leave it to a professional pest control team that know what they are doing, where and why.
Rabbit Control Methods
Because rabbits are found in various places, the control methods used for this pest are varied. While it is true that discretion is necessary when handling rabbits in sports fields or other public areas, a different approach is needed when dealing with animals found in wide-open farmlands and private gardens.
This is why choosing a professional pest control company such as ours is vital when dealing with wild rabbits. We know how best to assess the situation, the location and which control method is best.
The first step in controlling a rabbit problem is a detailed review of the area found, free of charge. Once this has been completed, we will discuss what we feel are the best control method(s) to use. We have all the relevant training, qualifications and experience in handling pests.
Ferreting involves ferrets being guided towards warrens to make their way inside and flush out any rabbits that may be inside. They will then be shot or caught. This is one of the main control methods used when rabbits have taken up unwanted residency in public spaces.
Live Catch Traps
Live catch traps are a very efficient way to deal with a rabbit problem if placed in the correct places. This is a particularly effective method if you have rabbits coming in from a neighbour’s land.
Another effective method of dealing with pesky rabbits is by using dropbox traps.
Dropbox traps tend to be used as part of ongoing rabbit control and prevention plan. When used properly, they can catch a significant number of animals.
Lamping or Shooting
Lamping and shooting are incredibly effective and efficient methods of controlling rabbit problems. However, before either of these control methods are used, complete risk assessments will be carried out. These are typically used during the night to cover large areas of ground. That way, the rabbits are quickly dealt with because they are not aware of our presence.
Night Vision Sights
Following on nicely from the method above, as rabbits are generally nocturnal animals, one of our best and favoured control methods is shooting them under darkness using night sights. Thus, large groups of rabbits can be dealt with in a short space of time, without the animals being aware of it using this method.
Aluminium Phosphide Gas
Although this is one of the most widely used rabbit control methods, it should be done with the correct level of care and attention as Aluminium Phosphide gas can be hazardous for humans. Therefore, before this is method is implemented, we would need to carry out a full COSHH and wildlife assessment of the area in question.
While the above methods are fine when utilised on their own, it certainly wouldn’t hurt the situation to use rabbit exclusion fences to make sure they are kept out of the places you want to be free from wild animals. Exclusion fences are a great form of preventative control against rabbits.
As you can see, there are various forms of pest control we utilise when dealing with rabbits. However, suppose you attempt to use any of the methods listed above on your own. In that case, you could waste a lot of time and energy without actually solving the problem. That is where we come in.
We pride ourselves on offering the best customer service and experience we possibly can. We will keep you fully informed about the rabbit control problem before we start, during and even after completing the task.
After all, we want you to feel confident in our abilities and the informed and educated decisions we make and the control methods we use.
Remember that we are a people-orientated company. Therefore, if you have any questions or queries that you have not been able to find the answer to here, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be able to provide you with the answers and information you need.
Rabbits running riot on your property or in public spaces they shouldn’t be on can cause much expensive damage. Hiring a qualified and experienced company such as ours to deal with the problem, though, will give you absolute peace of mind and a property that is eventually rabbit-free and rabbit-proof.