Correct destruction of rabbit warrens and other harbour is essential for effective rabbit control and protecting your land from unnecessary damage.
The video below, funded by Australian Wool Innovation Limited and supported by Invasive Animals CRC, the Department of Industry and Science and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, explains exactly this.
This video takes you through the process of rabbit warren ripping, from initial steps of excavation to determine depth of the warren system, to using the right excavation equipment, to post-excavation and deterring future rabbit populations.
- Initial steps include digging a trench to determine the depth of the warren, with some warren systems going as far as 2.5m under the ground.
- You can seek advice from DDMRB before ripping, to get guidance on the type of equipment required and best steps forward.
- Cross ripping of the warren ensures destruction of the system. Post this, smoothing over and compacting the ground in the area helps grass regenerate and deters future rabbit populations.
- Cooperation with your neighbours is essential in improving rabbit management outcomes.
- It is important you contact Dial Before You Dig to ensure you don’t damage service infrastructure.
For more information on anything you saw in the video, or to begin your own ripping or harbour removal program, get in contact with DDMRB today.