Rabbits

Rabbits play an important part in the balance of our ecosystem, but too many of them will upset that balance. They can decimate gardens, ruin crops and wipe out tree plantations by chewing the bark. Rabbit burrows and warrens undermine and collapse banking and cause accidents in fields. Their scraping ruins lawns and pitches. The rabbit’s legendary breeding cycle means that a rabbit problem can escalate out of control very quickly. One pair of rabbits can produce 25 kits in one summer; these young ones mature in 5 months and produce even more kits in the same year.

Wild rabbits are gregarious and several hundred individuals may be found in one warren (a network of underground burrows). They are most active during dusk and dawn, but will also come out during the day in undisturbed areas. Rabbits primarily feed on grass and leafy plants, but they will feed on bulbs, bark and twigs when food is scarce.

It’s worth noting that all occupiers have statutory obligations regarding wild rabbits that are harbouring on their land.

Under the Pests Act 1954 every occupier of land is responsible for controlling wild rabbits on his/her land or for taking steps to prevent them causing damage.

Complete eradication is impractical, if not impossible. The aim should be to reduce rabbit numbers to levels at which damage is economically acceptable.

Control methods

Rabbit control methods that we use:

  • Gun and/or dog
  • Live cage trapping
  • Aluminium Phosphide poison gas
  • Advice on Rabbit proofing and rabbit fencing.

The use of Aluminium Phosphide poison gas is very effective method of rabbit control and leaves no toxic residue. It is extremely hazardous to handle therefore it is heavily regulated and users now need to be legally certified in its use. Here at West Oxon Pest Control we are authorised and qualified to the City & Guilds level 2 standard. We are also fully insured for the use of dog and/or guns. We only employ safe, humane and legal methods of rabbit control.