Why it is a pest
Although cute looking, Rabbits will eat almost any vegetation, and for that reason alone, can be a true pest. Combined with their rapid breeding, rabbits can quickly wipe out agricultural crops, cereals, cabbages and young trees.
Biology of the Pest
Rabbits are smaller and less gangly than hares, and have shorter ears. The tips of the ears are brown, and the upper surface of the tail is dark brown. The characteristic white flash on the underside of the tail can be seen when the animal is fleeing. The body fur is brown/grey.
A typical wild rabbit lives for up to 9 years, living on heath land, open meadow, grassland, woodland, the fringes of agricultural land and dry sandy soil, including sand dunes.
Rabbits become sexually mature after just four months and breed rapidly. The introduction of the disease myxamatosis into the rabbit population in the 1950's put a temporary reduction on the rabbit population. However, in the past 20 years or so, widespread resistance to the disease has resulted in greater numbers being seen across the country - in many places back up to 1950's levels.
Signs of Pest Presence
- Spotting the pest itself (particularly at dusk & at night)
- Vegetation stripped of leaves and flowers
- Small, soft, shiny poos called cecals, which are very smelling if touched
- Regular pellet faeces
There are several extermination and humane options to choose from. We can advise you on each one, carrying out the removal method of your choice.
Whether you need help with a one-off pest removal, or are looking for regular service visits to minimise the possibility of a pest infestation causing impact on your business...
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