Rabbit Control

DKG Pest Control has an ex professional clay pigeon shooter for all gun work. He shot in international competitions and has proven himself as an accomplished shot.  So you can be sure the dispatch of the animal will be as safe, fast and humane as possible. He is fully licensed with section one and two licences, also fully insured to uses guns from both licences in day to day work.

If the rabbits have a warren on your property ferreting is a very effective form of control with no guns or poison used. No risk to non-target species, children or pets. When the morning ferreting has finished all rabbits are taken to a meat dealer and used for food, we don’t just bury the bodies. DKG Pest Control also trap and snare rabbits. Wondering “how quickly do rabbits breed

• On large farm / estates ferreting or lamping will be our proffered control method.
• Gassing can be arranged if this control method appropriate. But we try our best to avoid gassing.
• Domestic garden usually trapping or the use of an air rifle may be the only feasible option.
• Cage traps, wire snares and mk6 Fenn traps are used for the control of rabbits.

We are not a large franchise company! We are just a small family run company with 3 staff members! If the calls we receive are out of our area we have a handful of trusted companies we pass work onto for no financial gain!

For more information about our rabbit control service call DKG Pest Control on:
Berkshire
(01189) 680 841
Hampshire
(01252) 560 450
Surrey
(01932) 300 177

 


Why choose DKG Pest Control?

Our ferrets are rescued from Hants & Berks ferret club, they are kept in large clean hutches.

All Shot, Trapped, ferreted or snared rabbits are taken to game dealers for meat and not just burnt!

Small family run company that’s fully insured, licenced & trained.

Members of the directory of excellence, countryside alliance & Ukpestcontrollers.org

Fast reliable service, we arrive when we say we will!

No vat to pay on our prices.

Rabbit Control Information

(Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Rabbit damage causes the loss of profit on cereal fields, rape seed fields, and tree and plant nurseries. Rabbit warrens and bolt holes can cause serious injuries to horses and other livestock or humans, broken legs / ankles etc. Rabbits destroy fine lawns and vegetable patches in gardens and in extreme cases can undermine foundations.

Appearance:
Rabbits are a grey/brown in colour, with long ears up to 7cm(shorter than hares), and a short white tail. A male rabbit can get up to 50cm and over 2kg in weight, whereas female rabbits are normally smaller starting at 20cm and 0.4kg in weight.

Distribution:
The rabbit has once again established itself as the major vertebrate pest of British agriculture, causing economic losses to crops or property estimated to be in excess of £100 million annually. Rabbits were originally introduced to this country by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Both the Romans and the Normans kept rabbits for their fur and meat, it’s from here they escaped and have now become a large agricultural pest.

Habitat:
A Rabbit will inhabit meadows, forest, woods, grassland and even wetlands. Rabbits live in groups underground in burrows, a group of rabbit holes is known as a warren.

Habits and Biology:
Rabbits are normally a nocturnal animal, venturing from their burrows at dawn and dusk. However on warn sunning days or if undisturbed they will be out in broad daylight feeding. Rabbits will feed close to the warren and are always on alert for prey, such as large birds and foxes.

 A Rabbit’s Diet:
A rabbits diet mainly consist of grass but will also eat tree bark, plants, shrubs and they can quickly kill young and old trees by ring-barking the trunks.

Breeding:
A doe (female rabbit) gives birth to around four litters per season with an average of six kittens. (Baby rabbit) The does in these litters are ready to breed at six to ten months of age so the population can explode. Traditionally the breeding season for rabbits is from March until October. This season is now extending with warmer winters, and kittens have been found whilst ferreting in December!

Rabbit Control:
Rabbits are a major pest problem through-out the UK and all land owners are obliged by law to control rabbits. Under Section 1 of the Pests Act 1954, the whole of England, apart from the City of London and Isles of Scilly, has been declared a rabbit clearance area. Under Section 1(2) of the 1954 Act, all occupiers of land in a rabbit clearance area have a continuing obligation to kill or take any wild rabbits living on, or resorting to, their land, unless they can establish that it is not reasonably practicable to do so. If it is not practicable to destroy the rabbits, occupiers have an obligation to prevent the rabbits from causing damage elsewhere by, for example, fencing them in with rabbit-proof fencing. The obligation to control rabbits is irrespective of the use being made of the occupier’s land or that of their neighbours.

DKG Pest Control use the following traps in rabbit control treatments.

Rabbit nets are used to control rabbits, the rabbit nets are placed over the rabbit holes and a ferret chases the rabbits into the nets. It is a very effective form of rabbit control if the rabbit warren is on your property. Totally safe with no need for guns or poison.

 

The Mk6 Fenn trap is the same as the mk4 squirrel trap only a larger model. This will be set under tunnels on rabbit runs, The Mk6 rabbit trap is a great control method where children, pets and non-target species are not present.

The “Body Grip 116″ is very similar to the Fenn trap but can be used to better effect than the Mk6 Fenn trap, although they both have their uses.

 

The rabbit cage trap is ideal where non-target species are present as if they are caught they can be release unharmed. They are not as easy to catch rabbits with although they can be very effective if used properly.

 

Rabbit snares can be a very effective method of rabbit control on farms or large areas of land. The rabbit snares will be set on runs in long grass / cover to catch the rabbits as they use these runs. For snares to be cost effective a large number need to be set all along hedgerows, on runs through the grass etc.

 

Dean & Laura have 5 working / pet ferrets, they are great little worker and enjoy a day’s ferreting, our ferrets were all rescued from the hants & berks ferret club. They are handled every day and kept in a large “clean” double story hutch with a large run.

 

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Pest Control Hampshire (Covering North Hampshire – Eversley RG27 -Yateley GU46, GU17 – Camberley GU16, GU17 – Blackwater GU15 – Farnborough GU14 – Fleet GU52 – Cove GU14 – Aldershot GU11 – Northcamp GU14 – South Wood Gu14 – Hawley GU14 – Alton GU34 – Hartley Witney RG27, GU15 – Odiham RG29 – South Warnborough RG29 – Hook RG29Basingstoke RG21 – Faccoumbe SP10 – Andover SP10 – Ashmansworth SP10 – Dogmersfield RG27 – Heckfield GU35 – Highclere SP10 – Winchfield RG29 - Alresford GU34) Pest Control Sonning

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