Rodents and other wildlife

Rabbit Control

Rabbit numbers have steadily increased following the decrease in popularity as a food source for humans. With fewer rabbits being controlled by hunting, and natural predators unable to keep the population at an acceptable level, rabbits can cause damage ro crops and gardens.

With up to 5 litters of 6-8 babies, rabbits breed rapidly and, without control, the population could get out of control. They strip crops and young plants and undermine banks, gardens and roads with their constant burrowing. 

 

Rabbits can make great pets, but if you live in a rural area or are maintaining a vegetable garden, then these animals are more pests than pets. Rabbits are a challenging pest to try to control in the countryside and it is important to try to keep the wild rabbit population under control.

Signs of a Rabbit Infestation

As rabbits are mainly nocturnal animals, its unlikely that you will see them during the day.  However there are a few signs to look out for:

  • Droppings and tracks

  • Cleanly chewed flowers and vegetation - rabbits will nibble any plant they can reach

  • Damage to tree bark as they are known to chew

  • As a result of burrowing, freshly dug holes in grass 

 

It may take a long time to establish if you have a rabbit problem, however these indicators are specific to rabbits as you will see jagged teeth marks on foliage caused by insects and badgers and foxes will leave different droppings.

 

How can I deter Rabbits?

If your garden is full of luschious foliage and vegetable plants then rabbits could easily see your garden as a food source, meaning you will need to take some drastic measures to stop them from returning.

You could try to protect any flowers or fruit and vegetables you are growing with strong wire fencing, that is dug deep into the ground as rabbits can easily burrow beneath surface mounted defences.

Call us now to discuss your rabbit problem on 07707 893 976 

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