Mink, Stoats and Weasels Pest Control
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in treating a stoat, weasel or American mink infestation. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right.
Information on American Mink, Stoats and Weasels
American Mink (Neovision vison) , Stoats (Mustela erminea) and Weasels (Mustela frenata) are small predators that are all very similar to one another. Although colouration and size slightly differs between each species, they are all very similar in shape. With a elongated body, rat like face and long tails, the American mink, stoat and weasel are highly adapted to hunting in the UK countryside. Each poses its own threat to agricultural practices and these threats are broken down below:
- The American mink – The American mink is a non-native UK species escaping into the wild from fur farms between the 1950’s and 1960’s. American mink have had a devastating effect on UK native species such as the water vole, whilst also feeding on fish species, rabbits and other herbivores. The American mink is different to stoats and weasels because it lives on or near to water ways such as rivers and lakes, but can still be found within farmland. The American mink has contributed to the rapid decline of native water voles in the UK and management is key to the survival of the water vole. American mink can cause large losses to fisheries, wading birds and ground nesting birds.
- Stoats – Stoats are the smallest of these three predators, but are by no means disadvantaged. Equipped with sharp claws, long canine teeth affixed to a locking jaw and a streamlined slender body, the stoat is well adapted to prey on a wide variety of animals. Stoats often hunt down quarry such as rabbits which are significantly larger than themselves, by chasing them to the point of exhaustion, before delivering a final blow to the head using their well-adapted teeth. Stoats can cause problems for such agricultural practices as poultry and wildfowl farms, game farms and release pens and even captive ornamental birds. Stoats have adapted to hunt these birds in their pens, as they use significantly less energy chasing them down as they do when compared to rabbits.
- Weasels – Weasels are essentially the same as stoats although they boast a larger body size and increased stamina. Weasels are also known to raid poultry farms, wildfowl farms, game farms and release pens and captive ornamental birds, these attacks will generally occur at night and are often confused with rat attacks. The identifying features between a weasel attack and rat attack is the fact that the rats will eat a portion of the prey and carcasses can be dragged into concealed holes. Weasels will bite for the back of the head or neck and only feed on the blood of the prey.
American Mink, Stoats and Weasels Pest Control & Management
The management of stoats, weasels and American mink is highly recommended to reduce the damage, not only to poultry or game birds, but also to the native species of which these species prey on. Our dedicated management team have years of experience with the management of stoats, weasels and American mink and have a plethora of management techniques, which can be tailored to the nature of the job and client’s needs. Ethical and sustainable management of the three species is key to reducing the impact they have on both agricultural practice and UK native species.
If you have a stoat, weasel or American mink infestation:
- Regularly inspect poultry, game or wildfowl for signs of attack (commonly at the base of the skull).
- Try to preserve or photograph any affected birds.
- Regularly inspect water sources for signs or attack to fish (i.e. dead fish).
- Try to log times of attack where possible.
- Regularly inspect area for defects in the building or obvious signs of entry.
- Ensure all refuge is safely secured.
- Ensure all areas requiring inspection are easily accessible.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the location and estimate size of the stoat, weasel or American mink infestation.
- Determine the most appropriate method for access and treatment.
- Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
- Ensure the safety of others.
- Wear their protective equipment and commence with the treatment.
- Determine the correct and optimum locations for any traps and deploy these with minimum impact to the customer.
- If required, implement a regular monitoring regime and maintain a site plan of the bait or trap locations.
- Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.
- Provide information on improvements to be made to minimise future impact.