Keep Rabbits Out Of Your Backyard – Easily!
By Tom Seest
At BackyardBunnyNews, we help people who want to raise rabbits and bunnies by collating information about the hare-raising experience.
There are many methods to keep rabbits out of your backyard. These methods include Mothballs, Bird or deer netting, and chicken wire. These methods are all effective and can keep rabbits away from your yard for good. However, these methods can cause some unpleasant odors in your yard.
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Mothballs are not effective for repelling rabbits. They also pose a health risk for humans and wildlife. If ingested by a rabbit, mothballs can be toxic to both the animal and its owners. It is better to use an animal-safe repellent, such as Irish spring soap, in the garden.
Mothballs are a pesticide, but they should be handled carefully and only used as directed on the label. If you’re trying to deter rabbits, it’s important to follow the EPA’s recommendations when using them in the home. Mothballs tend to contain dichlorobenzene and naphthalene, both of which are toxic. While they work well to repel moths, they are useless against rabbits and leave toxic residues in the garden.
Using a homemade bunny repellent spray is another option. You can make a solution of garlic, chili powder, water, and liquid soap. The garlic and chili powder are strong enough to keep bunnies away. However, before using this method, you should test it on a small area first.
Another effective repellent for rabbits is vinegar. It has a pungent odor, which makes it unappealing to rabbits. Similarly, white rice vinegar can be diluted with water and sprayed around the garden. Many farmers also soak corncobs in vinegar for rabbit deterrents.
If you’d like to keep rabbits out of your backyard, one simple way is to install a rabbit fence. Chicken wire can be used to create an effective fence. Simply bend it at a 90-degree angle and use zip ties to secure it to the fence posts. Make sure the fencing is as close to the ground as possible so rabbits cannot get through it.
In addition to fences, you can also use chicken wire to create barriers around individual plants. This will protect young plants and keep them protected from rabbits during the winter months. In addition, using 1/4 or 1/2-inch mesh chicken wire around the trunks of trees can prevent rabbits from munching on the wood. Remember to bury the wire at least two inches below the trunk of the plant. To keep rabbits away from your yard, you can also apply repellents. These sprays will make your plants unpalatable to rabbits, but they must be applied frequently, particularly after rain, and every time you notice new growth on the plants.
A rabbit fence is easy to install. If you have a garden, you can easily add chicken wire to your fence. Simply dig a trench around the bed and lay the wire over it. Make sure that the fence is reinforced and durable. It should be at least one inch thick, as rabbits like to dig under it. Also, use welded wire to ensure that the fence remains sturdy and effective for a longer period.
Rabbits and deer can be very destructive to your yard and garden. You can use deer and bird netting to keep them away from your crops, but be sure to make the netting as durable as possible. The life of the netting will vary, depending on the material. It can last one season or even up to five. The best way to make sure that your netting will last is to buy a high-quality one and install it yourself.
Rabbits love to eat your vegetables and lawn, and they will also peck your plants and flowers unchecked. If you have a fruit tree in your garden, you can put a tree cage around it to protect it. The rabbits will not jump in it, and they won’t dig through it unless they can see the top of it. Another effective way to keep rabbits away from your backyard is by burying bird or deer netting under the ground. You can also cover the net with hardware cloth to prevent it from being easily snipped away by rabbits.
You can also use pets to repel rabbits. Rabbits are creatures of habit, and novelty will startle them. Using motion-activated sprayers in your garden can spook them enough to chase them away. You can also use noise-making garden ornaments, such as spinning pinwheels and pie tin mobiles.
If you want to keep rabbits away from your backyard, one of the best ways is by planting trap crops. These trick crops are intentionally planted away from your crops to attract unwanted pests and scare them away. For example, rabbits dislike corn, lettuce, and broccoli. By planting these crops far away from your garden, you can keep rabbits from eating your vegetables. Some of these plants have a strong odor that rabbits find offensive. You can also use dog or bone meal, which have been known to scare off rabbits.
The best thing about trap crops is that they are cheap and safe to use. You don’t need expensive traps that can hurt the animals. You can use inexpensive trap crops that look like grass in your garden. They will be scared of them. Also, if you don’t have trap crops, you can use other deterrents such as owls. Rabbits can also be scared off by the sound of an owl.
Live traps are not recommended, as they can harm the rabbits. It is also illegal to handle wild rabbits in some places, so consult your local government before using a trap. Make sure the traps are made for the right species of rabbits. Jackrabbits and other common rabbit species do not respond well to traps, so be sure to check the labels.
Rabbits can cause damage to your lawn, garden, or even crops, so you need to use repellents to keep them away. These can come in the form of clip-on garlic odor repellents, fish emulsions, or granular repellents. These sprays can break the rabbits’ feeding cycle and give the plants time to grow. However, you must reapply the repellents on a regular basis, particularly after heavy rains.
Repellents are available commercially at home improvement and garden centers or online. However, these products are expensive and often require repeated applications. Furthermore, some contain chemicals that are harmful to your pets. So, it is advisable to use repellents which are more natural.
Rabbits are attracted to places where they can find shelter. In your backyard, they might choose to take refuge under your child’s playset or underneath the foundation of your home. Rabbits also need water to survive. If you have an open fountain, birdbath, or kiddie pool, these areas could be attractive to them.
Another way to keep rabbits away from your backyard is to use repellents with an odor that rabbits find offensive. You can use repellents that smell like rotten eggs or garlic. These repellents can also keep deer and children away.
Be sure to read our other related stories at BackyardBunnyNews to learn more about raising bunnies and rabbits.