As furry and adorable as rabbits can be, if they begin to frequently visit your property and cause trouble in your garden, there’s no doubting that you will want to do everything that you can to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back. Whether they are stamping on your crops or eating the vegetables that you’re growing, getting rid of them isn’t as difficult as some people make it out to be. Now, there is no reason to kill the rabbits and there are plenty of natural rabbit repellent options available to try before you take an aggressive approach – so why not try them?
Watch the video of a cute little bunny here so you know you want to repel these animals humanely.
Prevent Rabbits from Getting on Your Property
As we said above, there’s no need for you to take an aggressive approach and with the suggestions that we have below, you can prevent rabbits from getting no your property.
If you have an open garden, then consider building a fence around the perimeter. On the other hand, if you already have a fence and rabbits have been burrowing under it to get into your garden, it might be a good idea to use a natural rabbit repellent.
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. However, rabbit traps are usually the best course of action. After placing a few rabbit traps and putting bait inside of them (e.g. slices of carrots and lettuce), once a rabbit enters the trap they won’t be able to get out. You can take the trap elsewhere and release the rabbit without harming it.
Get a Greenhouse
The odds are that you want to get rid of the rabbits because they have been eating your flowers or your crops. If this is the case, it might be worth your time to invest in a greenhouse and start growing your crops in there instead. This will prevent the rabbits from eating them as well as any other pests that have been nibbling on them.
Getting a greenhouse might seem like a financial stretch, but it allows you to continue growing your plants and crops without the rabbits eating them, or without you having to kill the rabbits.
Using a Natural Rabbit Repellent
Using a natural rabbit is usually the right way to go if you aren’t willing to use a rabbit trap. There are several natural options available, none of which will harm the rabbit or interfere with your garden.
Spray mixtures are fairly straightforward. Fill up a spray bottle with water, add another component (e.g. washing up liquid or salt), and spray the rabbits when you see them. The only thing to keep in mind is that certain ingredients will harm the crops that you’re growing, so think about it before you start spraying.
Rabbits hate chilli powder and if they get even the slightest whiff of it, they’ll take their business elsewhere. Start by putting a thin trail of chilli powder around your crops and if that doesn’t work, increase the amount that you’re placing. If a rabbit tries to eat whatever you’re growing they will get chilli powder on their whiskers and in their fur – they’ll quickly run off.
This might sound counterproductive but the only reason that rabbits are bothering you and your crops is that they’re hungry. After they’ve eaten and they are satisfied, they will move on and won’t return until they want something else to eat. With that in mind, if you put a bowl of food out for the rabbits (even just a bowl full of outdated lettuce), they’ll eat that instead and this will distract them from eating your crops.
Homemade Rabbit Repellent
We will discuss this one in more depth shortly, although homemade rabbit repellents are great for getting rid of rabbits and keeping them away from your property – they’re also very harmless.
Rabbits are scared of cats, given that cats prey on rabbits, so even the slightest sign of a cat being nearby and the rabbits will run for the hills. If you have a cat then consider letting it out into your garden to roam around for a while every few days – this will give your cat some freedom while scaring off any bothersome rabbits too.
Homemade Rabbit Repellent
On top of the options that we showed you above there are several homemade rabbit repellents that are cheap, effective, and will keep rabbits from eating flowers. Everyone has different experiences, so you might have to try a few different repellents before you find the one that’s most effective.
Water and Washing Up Liquid
Simply mixing water with a few drops of washing up liquid is usually enough to scare aware rabbits from your garden. Not only that but like cats, rabbits keep themselves very clean so by spraying this mixture onto them, when they lick themselves they’ll taste it and won’t want to be sprayed by it again.
Lavender, Mint, Vinegar and Water
By mixing together these four ingredients you can create a mixture which not only tastes bad to rabbits, but that smells horrible to them too. While mint and lavender are somewhat nice smells to humans, they aren’t as appealing to rabbits. You can also spray this homemade rabbit repellent around the perimeter of your garden – the same effect occurs.
It might seem like a lot of work to make a homemade rabbit repellent although if you do some research and try some other repellents, aside from the ones which we listed above, then you’ll discover what the best rabbit repellent is for you.
Being bitten by a rabbit isn’t usually cause for concern unless you experience any unusual symptoms. Even then, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.
The most important thing is whether or not you are up to date with your tetanus shots. Tetanus shots are usually administered at five points throughout your life, the last shot being when you are around 14 years old and are good enough to prevent tetanus throughout your whole life.
However, if you aren’t up to date with your shots and you suspect that you may have tetanus, some of the symptoms that you might experience are:
- Increased or irregular heart rate
- High fever and sweating
- Jaw stiffness or inability to move jaw
- Painful muscle spasms
- Problems breathing or swallowing
Tetanus is a very rare disease nowadays due to the effectiveness of the vaccines that are used, although it’s still worth taking a mental note of these symptoms so that if you are bitten by a rabbit and you experience them, you know to contact a medical professional. Tetanus can also be transferred if the infected rabbit scratches you.
So, with everything that we have talked about in this article in mind, if you want to keep rabbits from eating flowers then you can try trapping them or spraying them when you see them, or go the extra mile and build a fence. Our suggestion would be to either try one of the natural rabbit repellent options and if those don’t work for you, one of the homemade rabbit repellents.