Distribution and Habitat
The Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) was introduced into Britain in the 12th century. It was not until the 19th century that they were in such numbers that they became a problem, causing damage to crops, young trees and gardens.
They are now widespread in habitats that provide suitable grass or other vegetation for grazing and well-drained ground for burrowing. They will also live under sheds, amongst the rubble and in piles of dead tree roots and branches. On golf courses and they can cause a massive amount of damage. In caravan parks, they will cause damage to drainage and to the caravan hard standing areas.
The main breeding season is January to July, though early litters often do not survive well. The gestation period is approximately 28-31 days, with an average of 5 young per litter. Females may produce 4-5 litters per year. As you can see this does cause lots of problems for golf courses, caravan parks, etc.
Although most predators, including domestic cats and dogs, will take rabbits a major factor in regulating the population has been myxomatosis. Infected animals are recognised by their swollen eyelids and ear bases. Outbreaks continue to occur, though less frequently. In some areas, rabbits have developed genetic resistance to the disease. It is illegal to deliberately spread myxomatosis.
Control measures fall into two categories, removal or prevention. Removal can involve trapping, ferreting, gassing or shooting. Gassing and shooting should only be carried out by professionally trained individuals. At HERDpestcontrol we have the means to carry out various options for control.
Please give us a call, I am sure we can help you with your rabbit control problem.