Rabbit control in Maidenhead, Cookham, Ascot and Windsor
Total rabbit control from Maidenhead Pest Control
I've heard the term invasive species with regards to rabbits, but what does this mean?
Rabbits were introduced into Britain by the Romans where they are a native species from Spain; the term Iberia actually means ‘land of the rabbits’. They were successfully farmed by the Romans as far back from the 2nd Century and were valued then for their meat and fur and were kept closely guarded. Rabbits themselves are incredibly successful at adapting and have spread to every habitual continent in the world.
Rabbits are common throughout the County and are considered a major pest due to their explosive breeding and feeding habits. The rabbits breeding season is from January through to July but warmer winters mean that they can now carry on breeding all through the year; with female rabbits reach breeding maturity at 3 – 4 months old and having around four litters a year. The average size of a litter of rabbit kittens is 5; so a single female rabbit can lead to 200 offspring in one year
What damage can do rabbits do?
Rabbits cause extensive damage by digging and they also contaminant the soil where they live with their urine and droppings meaning that only weeds will grow in the soil.
Seven adult rabbits eat as much grass as a full grown sheep; rabbits devastate vegetation and farmers lose over £100 million pounds of crops in Britain every year to rabbits. In winter where crop growth reduces with lower light levels, as an alternative food source, rabbits will start chewing bark from tree's particularly saplings. The damage that they cause is known as ring stripping and kills the tree resulting in financial losses and destruction of habitat. Another problem is that they tunnel under roads and into embankments causing unstable ground and expensive repairs to road and rail infrastructure
How long can rabbits live for?
It’s possible for rabbits to live for nine years in the wild, as an introduced species the adult rabbit only has the fox as a predator.
Professional rabbit culling with ferrets.
We carry out rabbit control throughout Berkshire using traditional proven methods of ferrets and traps. Section One of the Pests Act 1954 obliges all landowners to take responsibility for destroying wild rabbits on their land and for taking steps to prevent them causing damage, although the Act is now no longer enforceable it is a continuing obligation on the landowner.