The authors always had a great interest in control of vermin and trapping since they were young, as nearly all school holidays were spent with gamekeepers.
They were spurred to write this book by a plague of rats that arrived at the Domestic Fowl Trust last winter and by what, we wondered, other people would have done. We know of those who also suffered from a plague of rats and paid $$$ to have a “rodent operative” to deal with the problem. Apart from rats, there are times when you may be bedeviled with foxes, min, stoats, etc., and it is not easy to find someone with experience or specialized literature on how to deal with vermin. Too many books and leaflets pussyfoot around the problem and do not give you the vital tips on making a 100 percent kill humanely.
You will notice that we have not mentioned very often the use of guns. As a young trapper, the use of the gun from the end of March to the beginning of September was forbidden for fear of disturbing the game. Traps are working for you on a 24-hour basis, and not everyone has the desire, skill, or license to use a gun effectively.
It must be stressed that all the methods described for taking vermin are legal, but every care must always be made to ensure that there is no cruelty or suffering in applying these methods.
Successful control of vermin is like being a detective, looking for signs, tracks, food, husks, etc., small things that tell a story. This is gained by experience, patience, time, keen eyesight, and observations.
- Condition: New
- Paperback: 50 pages
- Publisher: Domestic Fowl Trust (1986)
- Language: English
- Illustrations: B&W photos and illustrations
- ISBN-10: 0947870040
- ISBN-13: 978-0947870041
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 15 x .4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 108 g
2. What is Vermin
3. The Law
6. Identifying Vermin from Carcases
7. Useful by-products of vermin
8. Brown owls, badgers, hedgehogs, feral cats
|9. Suppliers and useful addresses