Pest Defence Mole and Rabbit Control
At Pest Defence we know that moles and rabbits can be a huge nuisance if not removed quickly. We have the ability to deal with these throughout Essex, including our home town of Chelmsford, Brentwood, Colchester and other nearby areas.
Moles can be destructive pests of lawns, gardens, and amenity grassland such as parklands, golf courses, and sports fields. The damage is mainly caused by molehills and ridges which are created by their burrowing activities, which can be unattractive in decorative gardens and hazardous in sports fields. They can also cause serious damage to pastures and hay fields, causing damage to silage and listeria in sheep and cattle.
Rabbits breed quickly, devouring a large amount of plants in a short space of time, and can result in costly destruction of crops, decorative plants, trees and shrubs. As their tunnels and warrens become more extensive, they can cause a major risk to safety where they undermine footpaths.
DescriptionThe rabbit was thought to have been introduced to Britain by the Normans, although early remains show that some may date back to Roman times. The rabbit is now found across almost all of Western Europe. Each individual can grow up to 40 cm in length. Rabbits are distinguished from the Hare by size (the Hare is bigger), and the rabbit has a white tail when running, smaller hind legs and lacks the characteristic black tips found on the hare’s ears.
BiologyRabbits can reach sexual maturity in 2-3 months and have a gestation period of just 28 days. Up to 5 litters per year are possible with the average litter size being about 5.
Pest ControlIf after conducting an assessment, control is deemed necessary, there are a number of options available. Fencing (electric and wire) can be effective although can also be costly. Gassing using Aluminum Phosphide (Professional trained staff only) is an option as is shooting, snaring (free running noose), spring traps, ferreting, cage traps and drop traps.
DescriptionMoles are a common British mammal living almost exclusively underground, although they are capable of moving above ground and even swimming. As well as a means of transportation, the main purpose of the tunnel network is a trap for worms and other invertebrates to fall into. The mole rarely exceeds 20cm in length (including short tail) and has a very smooth dark fur which can flex in both directions. With very poor eye-sight, the mole navigates and finds food largely by picking up vibrations.
BiologyMoles are typically solitary, and both sexes defend their territories vigorously, often coming together just to mate. Moles will often have just one litter per year, consisting of up to 7 young. The young are suckled for about a month and leave the nest after about 5 weeks.
Pest ControlWhere professionally trained, the gassing compound, Aluminium Phosphide can be used. Much mole work is done using a variety of traps from barrel and scissor traps to the new and highly effective talpex style.
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At Pest Defence, we have experienced mole control experts who will quickly and efficiently remove the moles from your gardens and grounds. Moles can be removed either by trapping, or gassing with aluminium phosphide tablets, with trapping being the preferred and most effective method in most circumstances.
A number of methods are available for the control of rabbits including gassing, trapping, shooting and ferreting, although exclusion by the installation of rabbit fencing is always recommended. Our experts at Pest Defence will be happy to provide advice on the best strategy for rabbit control for you.
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