Expert Pest Control Services

Rabbit Control, Eradication and Extermination Throughout Essex, Suffolk and the Surrounding Areas

Ecoguard Pest Solutions offer a full range of pest control services to both home and business clients throughout Essex, Suffolk and the surrounding areas. We provide first class solutions for rabbit control providing a fast and effective rabbit eradication solution using the latest techniques and technologies to ensure we rid your garden or business of these pests. We can deal with and are happy to cater for both small and large scale problems.

Our work is carried out by our highly trained and qualified technicians who always follow the strict health and safety legislation while utilising the most humane and eco friendly approaches available to us.

About Rabbits

Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. There are eight different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi, an endangered species on Amami ƌshima, Japan). There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with pikas and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha. The male is called a buck and the female is a doe; a young rabbit is a kitten or kit. Rabbit habitats include meadows, woods, forests, grasslands, deserts and wetlands. Rabbits live in groups, and the best known species, the European rabbit, lives in underground burrows, or rabbit holes. A group of burrows is called a warren. Why should you have rabbit infestation treated? Rabbits carry fleas and disease which can be transmitted to your domestic rabbits. They cause damage to your plants and lawn by eating, digging and scratching. On agricultural land 1 rabbit per hectare will decrease your production yield by 1% per rabbit left alive. Therefore it is easy to estimate the damage that can be caused by infestation.

Appearance

Rabbits are small, furry, mammals with long ears, short fluffy tails, and strong, large hind legs. Rabbits vary in color and size, ranging in weight from 2 to 16 pounds (1 to 7 kilograms), depending on breed.

Rabbit Life Cycle

Depending on the species, rabbits give birth in burrows or in shallow ground nests. The babies, known as kittens, are born blind and naked. The mortality rate is high, with only about 15 percent of a litter surviving. Their mothers ignore the babies most of the time, often nursing them just once a day for only a few minutes. Rabbit milk is so nutritious, however, that for the strongest kittens, this is sufficient. Within a month, most of the young are weaned. Male rabbits, known as bucks, do not help the females in raising the babies. Rabbits have the ability to reproduce at a very high rate. Females often have litters of up to seven kittens four to five times a year. Instead of the regular yearly cycle of ovulation of most mammal species, rabbits ovulate upon copulation. A female is able to conceive again right after she has given birth to a litter. In areas with abundant resources rabbit populations are able to grow with great rapidity. However, when resources are scarce, the reproduction rate is curtailed. They have been known to live as long as 8 years depending on conditions.

Rabbit Treatment

Depending on the scale of infestation there are three options for the control of rabbits. Live trapping in special cages, in which the rabbit will be caught alive and then taken away to be quickly and humanly despatched. Ferreting which entails placing highly efficient ferrets in the rabbit holes until they are chased out and then humanely despatched. Finally, Phostoxin can be used if the infestation is quite heavy. Phostoxin tablets are placed in the runs and when they come into contact with moisture they release a gas called Aluminium Phosphide which is lethal to rabbits.It is important to note that rabbits can generally be controlled but not completely eradicated and ongoing control is often needed.

Remember at Ecoguard Pest Solutions we always use the latest technologies and treatments available meaning they are most humane and environmentally friendly products.

We work in the following locations: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree. Work further afield will be considered on a job by job basis.