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Blood meal adds nitrogen to the soil, promoting green, leafy growth. Its active ingredients include mint oil, garlic, white pepper, and egg solids. If the rabbits are relentless, adjust your recipe to be more potent by adding more garlic. Perhaps the best method to ward off large numbers of rabbits involves fencing. Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer Motion-Activated Sprinkler with Day & Night Detection Modes $69.99 $ 79.99 There are other methods that will signal to rabbits there are predators nearby and keep them from entering your garden. The moment they smell it, they leave an area. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014. That’s because rabbits wreak widespread havoc on landscapes, gardens, and yards foraging for food. The plastic owl. Rabbits - Natural Ways to Protect Your Garden JOIN 95,000 GARDEN LOVERS Sign up for weekly gardening inspiration and design tips Get planting advice, garden design tips and trends, monthly checklists for your area, product specials and more in our weekly newsletter. To prevent rabbits from burrowing under it, the fencing should extend at least six inches below ground or be secured to the ground to keep the bottom edge tight. There are both lethal and live traps available at many hardware and garden stores. How to get rid of Rabbits! Humane traps offer an effective complementary solution for small numbers of rabbits that still roam your property. By using our site, you agree to our. Weigh the pros and cons of water solubility for your property, since water soluble repellents may be easier to apply but more quickly dissolve from hose or rain water (and therefore require lots of reapplication). Use Fish Emulsion Along the way, keep the following considerations in mind: Once you choose a product, apply it per the manufacturer’s instructions and follow up accordingly to keep pests out of your yard and garden all season. Razor-sharp teeth allow these herbivorous mammals to cut through vegetation of nearly any kind, including leafy green plants, carrots, broccoli, strawberries, apples, and other produce. Reduce the areas where rabbits like to hide. The rags will hold the scent and make life unpleasant for the rabbits. Because rabbits will hide in accumulations of vegetation, a great way to deter rabbits is to keep your grass mowed short, remove any unnecessary vegetation such as tall grasses, and clean up plant debris regularly. If you’re using the repellent on produce in the vegetable garden, ensure the product is safe to use and won’t affect the flavor of your food. Plants that deter rabbits. To get rid of rabbits, take the trap to a wooded, grassy area at least five to 10 miles away from your home, then release any animals caught. You can even try calling your local humane society’s office and ask if they can lend you a trap or let you rent it. This may attract other pests, such as ants. Rabbits are commonly attracted to leafy and root vegetables. Will any of these methods hurt my cat or dog? Apply only during the growing season, and never to legumes. Mix 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, and a squirt of dish detergent with 20 ounces of warm water. By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. Avoid high-toxicity products if you have children or pets playing the yard. Spray with various flavors hated by rabbits, around the garden. This is usually not necessary in home garden soil, and may even be detrimental if phosphorus is already high. I mainly want the rabbits out of my yard so they don't end up in my dog's mouth. While the name of the product is Liquid Fence, you don’t have … If … Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Plastic-coated chicken wire may be more attractive and safer than bare metal wire, since it won't rust. You may wish to research the company before buying the product, to find out whether the urinating animals were humanely treated. For maximum efficiency, you’ll need fencing to extend 36 inches above the ground and six or eight inches beneath (depending on the depth of the trench you dug in Step 1)—that’s 42 to 44 inches tall by the length of the perimeter. Cut the chicken wire to size with wire cutters. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Another way to get rabbits to leave your plants alone is to make your own rabbit repellent. STEP 1 Mow your grass regularly (about once a week), and don’t leave clippings around for rabbits to nosh on. Rabbit Traps If you have tried getting rid of rabbits in the past with rabbit traps and they continue to come back, this might not be for you. You can use fish emulsion, create your own mixture, use ammonia, and plant plants that are natural rabbit repellents. Support wikiHow by Handling the traps afterwards should be done with gloves to prevent oils from your hands being left on the traps. Such repellents are completely safe for your cat or dog. Since rabbits can dig underneath the gate, you’ll want to bury a piece of metal flashing vertically six- to eight-inches underneath it. Also, be sure to trim off and discard low-hanging bottom branches on bushes and shrubs, which rabbits may use for cover. Add a little dish soap. Then, stay on top of yard maintenance tasks, like pulling weeds and trimming overgrown vegetation. Do not add more spicy materials than recommended. Not all rabbit species burrow, but better safe than sorry. Rabbits use natural cavities or other animals’ abandoned burrows to take shelter in bad weather. Check with your garden center for natural rabbit repellents, or purchase a product online (view example on Amazon). This will get rid of rabbits when applied around your yard and garden. This will help your mixture stick to your plants. Be cautious when using spray bottles that once contained commercial cleaning products. In desperate situations, it's fairly easy to build a rabbit-proof fence. Make sure that the mesh holes in the chicken wire have a maximum one-inch diameter; some adult rabbits can squeeze through anything larger than that. There are some plants that are a natural deterrent to rabbits. Some Ways to Get Rid of Rabbits in Your Garden Placing human hair at strategic places. The stakes should be four feet tall, with one foot underground and three feet above ground (the same height as the chicken wire fence). This article has been viewed 541,357 times. Disclosure: BobVila.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for publishers to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Squeeze in a little dish soap, about 1 tbsp (15 mL). Rabbits can navigate under shallow fences, so you’ll want to dig a six- or eight-inch trench along the planned perimeter. Just place the Liquid Fence around the perimeter of your garden. Mow your grass regularly (about once a week), and don’t leave clippings around for rabbits to nosh on. Bending the buried end of the fence 90º outward makes burrowing much more difficult. By Steffani Cameron and Bob Vila. Bury the fence 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) deep. Staple chicken wire to the interior of the frame, then attach one side of the gate to a stake with hinges. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. Bone meal adds phosphorus to the soil, promoting root health. This will cause many problems for all rabbits who will try to penetrate the soil bed and help to reduce visibility. Extra-concentrated solutions may cause injury or pain to the rabbits, or to kids and pets that play in the garden. Back at home, plan out the area you intend to fence. Surprisingly, rabbits are repelled by the scent and may think a human is in close proximity. They only protect a small area, and rabbits tend to get used to them over time. Yarrow, foxglove, digitalis, lilac, elderberry, and yucca have all been described as rabbit-proof plants — but again, this is no guarantee. By placing human hair around the fence or the areas where the rabbit gets access to your garden helps. Leave 2 feet (0.6 m) above the surface, or 3 ft (0.9 m) if you live near jackrabbits. An unkempt and overgrown yard will undoubtedly attract rabbits, since the animals take cover in tall grass. A local salon may be happy to save hair clippings for you if you try that method. Soak strips of old rags in undiluted ammonia, and place them on the trails the rabbits are using to get into your garden. Despite homeowners’ best efforts keeping a well-manicured yard, this strategy alone may not always deter them. Did you know you can read expert answers for this article? This homemade rabbit repellent will have rabbits running the other way. Rabbits detest the smell of human hair and it can actually cause them to fear … Soak strips of old rags in undiluted ammonia, and place them on the trails the rabbits are using to get into your garden. Non poison Method from my Grand Father. Then, following manufacturer instructions, set up the trap in a shady, sheltered area of your yard, preferably near vegetation. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Working along the perimeter, drive a stake into the ground every six feet, using a hammer. away. Do not spray it anywhere but the garden. If you have a serious rabbit infestation, call professional pest control for help. No Holes, No rabbits. 2. Plus, a study from Rutgers even found that essential-oil sprays can help wipe out bed bug populations. It worked like a charm right, "Very helpful! In the winter, rabbits gnaw on bark of young trees and shrubs to get to the green inner bark. Rabbits have a great number of natural predators and they may be difficult to actively observe. You can often deter them from your garden plants with smelly or spicy materials made at home, but it may take several tries to find something that works. I don't want to hurt babies but I just don't want them eating my salad fixings either. Take a minute now to pull on gloves before handling the trap, as rabbits may pick up a human’s scent and avoid the cage. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. Being trapped in a cage causes stress for a rabbit, though, so you’ll want it to spend a minimum amount of time inside before you’re ready to release it. In this case, 85% of readers who voted found the article helpful, earning it our reader-approved status. If this happens, spray on the ground around the plant instead. If desired, install a garden gate. You can actually buy small spray bottles of predator urine at most hunting stores, making it a fairly natural way to get rid of rabbits without going crazy for DIY solutions. Additionally, rabbits may dig burrows on residential properties, which can leave unsightly holes and become a tripping hazard. Although they can be quite a nuisance, you can get rid of rabbits from your garden. Brush rabbits, cottontails and jackrabbits can all be serious pests in your yard. Sprinkle some hair from your last haircut around the perimeter of your garden and in between rows. Rabbits follow their powerful noses to find delicious-smelling foods (like your vegetable garden). This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Because the scent of blood signals danger to rabbits, blood meal fertilizer makes an effective rabbit repellent. Buy a “live trap” or “cage trap” fit to catch a three- to four-pound rabbit from a home center; these medium-sized traps generally cost around $40 or $50 (view example on Amazon). Find licensed pros in your area and get free, no-commitment estimates for your project. Some people protect plants with individual “collars” of tin cans or … Some gardeners plant a clump of clover or alfalfa to feed rabbits, hoping that they'll be satisfied and avoid less tasty plants. Preventing an infestation of rabbits begins by properly maintaining your lawn and garden. This article has been viewed 541,357 times. Copyright © 2021 Acton Media Inc. All rights reserved. Rabbits’ Natural Enemies. Rabbits also do not like the smell of onions so you can use that too. Purchase chicken wire fencing and stakes (either wood or metal) from a home store. The other side of the gate can be attached to a stake with a latch, with which homeowners can open and close the door. I doubt it, because deer don't eat rabbits. Do mothballs keep rabbits away from plants? Alternatively, spray your plants with raw eggs, which has a smell that rabbits dislike. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. [Note: Due to the ongoing threat of Zika virus spread by mosquito bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend emptying any flower pots … Thanks!". Don't add more soap, as this could damage the plants. Note:Make sure to sprinkle rabbit deterrents whenever it rains, or you can also do that once weekly. In winter, rabbits will eat bark of trees and shrubs, buds, twigs, blackberry and raspberry canes bushes. Approved. Spray your plants with a mixture of 1 teaspoon Lysol and 1 gallon of water. A mixture of the above may work best of all. Some research suggests that plant-based repellents can help ward off houseflies and mosquitoes. You agree that BobVila.com may process your data in the manner described by our Privacy Policy. The Spruce / Micah Issitt and Adrienne Legault. Poultry netting with a 1-inch mesh and that is 18 to 24 inches wide is ideal for cutting into strips 18 to 20 inches long and forming into cylinders for … Check the cage multiple times per day. But if you spot only a few roaming your yard, ward off the beginning of a warren by following a combination of these humane methods for how to get rid of rabbits. Planting ​Certain Types of Plants. Search your property for burrows and holes. Fasten the sheets of chicken wire to the stakes with staples or hooks. Rabbits are an invasive pest in many areas of the world. This will likely attract more rabbits in the long run, making it an unsustainable practice. They may give up and turn around. 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