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Other Pests

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 Pest Damaged Crops

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.

Moles

  • Moles grow up to 17cms in length and have dark velvety fur.
  • Their shovel-like clawed front feet are short and powerful for burrowing.
  • A mole has very poor eyesight but an acute sense of smell, touch and hearing.
  • They are territorial and live alone in extensive tunnel systems.
  • A female will have 1 litter a year producing 3 or 4 young in the spring.
  • They feed on earthworms and grubs found in the soil.
  • A mole cannot live more than a few hours without food.
  • The average life span of a mole is 3 to 5 years.

 

Moles are Voracious Eaters Their Search for Food Causes Damage Trapping Moles

Evidence

  • Heaps of soil (mole hills) pushed above ground by their burrowing labours. The burrows are used for feeding, so the larger the tunnel area, the greater the chances of finding food.
  • Mole activity can cause damage to lawns, golf courses and race courses etc.

Treatment

  • On large areas of infestation we are qualified to use the gassing compound Aluminium Phosphide. In most circumstance we use the half barrel or duffus traps. These are set underground, so are more discrete in public areas such as sport fields and parks and are not damaged from lawn mowing activity. Once the necessary number of traps have been set, we follow-up twice a week until the moles have been cleared.

For more about moles and their activities see our mole website at www.molecontrolessex.co.uk