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Say Goodbye to Those Pesky Bunnies!

By Tom Seest

Need to Banish Bunnies From Your Yard?

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If you’re trying to find ways to get rid of bunnies in the backyard, you may want to try some of the natural methods that are available to you. For example, you can use chives or onions, which have strong smells. If you place scraps of them at the rabbit holes, they may be deterred enough to leave your property. Another option is spreading scraps of chives all over the backyard.

Need to Banish Bunnies From Your Yard?

Need to Banish Bunnies From Your Yard?

What’s Eating Your Plants, Thumper?

There are several natural repellents you can use to keep bunnies away from your backyard. One of them is vinegar. This can be a powerful deterrent, but you must be careful not to spray it directly on your plants, because it can damage them. Instead, you can soak corn cobs in the vinegar solution and scatter them on the garden floor. Another natural repellent is linseed oil. Mix one part of the oil with one part dish soap and one part water. This mixture should be applied every five days or when heavy rains occur.
Another option is to use pungent garden smells. This works well in repelling bunnies from your garden, but you should always reapply it. You can also hang plastic signs around your garden, but make sure they’re at sniffer level and are near your favorite plants. Another option is to use ground onions and peppers to create a strong odor that can discourage bunnies from entering your garden.
Another method for deterring rabbits is putting up a physical barrier. This can be a fence around the entire garden or just a patch. The smell of sulfur and onions can also be deterring. You can also spray on your plants with cayenne pepper powder.
Another natural repellent is to plant rabbit resistant plants around your backyard. The repellent is designed to repel rabbits from eating your plants. The repellent is especially effective in the areas where bunnies can access them. For example, when you are planting in the spring, rabbits can damage your plants if they can get to them. Rabbits tend to nibble on plants and trees, and they will eat tender green shoots and root systems.

What's Eating Your Plants, Thumper?

What’s Eating Your Plants, Thumper?

How Can You Outsmart Those Pesky Bunnies?

Humane traps can be a great way to get rid of bunnies in the backyard. These traps are designed to catch the animals and not cause any harm to the human or household pets. In addition to humane traps, you can use natural scent deterrents and motion-activated sprays to discourage rabbits. Alternatively, you can use catch-and-release techniques.
Rabbits can be a nuisance in the garden. They may cause damage to your lawn and flower beds. Their faeces are rounded pellets that are about a quarter to half an inch in size. You can also find rabbit hair under bushes or tree branches.
Trapping is a less expensive and more effective way to get rid of bunnies in the backyard. In this method, you dig a shallow pit and cover it with twigs or leaves. The rabbits will then be attracted to the bait. However, it is important to keep in mind that the trap should be deep enough to prevent escape but not deep enough that it hurts the rabbits.
A wire mesh rabbit trap costs around $30 and can be bought or rented. Once set, you can place the trap near a rabbit’s feeding area of shelter. In most cases, rabbits will eat vegetables that are placed on the wire mesh trap. Release the rabbit once it is caught. The same approach can be used for other animals, including raccoons, stray cats, opossums, and groundhogs.
If you’re not comfortable using humane traps to catch rabbits, you can use poultry netting. The nets are buried two to three inches below the ground and braced away from the trunk. This prevents rabbits from piercing the fence. A netting barrier should also be kept free of debris.

How Can You Outsmart Those Pesky Bunnies?

How Can You Outsmart Those Pesky Bunnies?

What Do Bunnies Eat Besides Plants?

One of the easiest ways to deter rabbits is to plant plants that repel them. Using a variety of plants, you can make your backyard an unappetizing habitat for the pest. Sage, for example, is an excellent choice for deterring rabbits. The leaves of this perennial have a minty odor and are unappealing to herbivores. In fact, the plant is said to have evolved to repel rabbits.
Rabbits aren’t fond of plants with strong scents. They don’t like holly, dog-scented plants, or lavender. Other plants that can scare them include Mexican marigolds, dusty miller, butterfly weed, and Russian sage. Alliums are also not very appealing to them.
Adding a chicken-wire fence around your garden is another way to protect your plants. The wire should be pinned to the ground. This is especially helpful for young plants in the spring. Another effective way of repelling bunnies is by planting lettuce in tall containers or hanging baskets. Rabbits also enjoy eating lettuce, so growing these in a high container or hanging basket is an excellent solution.
Another method is using homemade rabbit repellent spray. There are several recipes available online and many of them contain cayenne pepper, which rabbits dislike. Other methods include using a motion-activated sprayer. You can also use other non-lethal deterrents, such as spinning pinwheels, tins, or mobiles made of pie tins.
Another natural remedy is using vinegar. It has a very strong odor that rabbits do not enjoy. It can also be diluted with water and sprayed around plants. Another method is to soak corncobs in vinegar and place them near plants.

What Do Bunnies Eat Besides Plants?

What Do Bunnies Eat Besides Plants?

How Can Reflecting Devices Keep Bunnies Away?

There are a variety of ways to scare away rabbits from your backyard, and one of the most effective is to use reflective devices. Rabbits are afraid of their reflection, so you can buy fancy reflecting devices that are shaped like animals, and place them in strategic places around the yard. A clear glass jar with water inside is another effective option.
These devices have motion sensors and spray water to scare away the rabbits. Often, these devices are solar powered or battery-operated. There are also ultrasonic devices, which are small boxes attached to stakes that release a tone that rabbits find unpleasant.
If you live in a suburban neighborhood, you can also keep rabbits at bay by removing their nesting areas. Rabbits can also be deterred by using chicken wire and netting. You can also try installing a fence with hardware cloth, which is more durable than chicken wire. A floating row cover can also be placed over the fence for extra protection at night.
If you have plants or flowers in your yard, you should consider using plant cages or wire baskets. This will protect your plants from the bunnies. Also, you should protect your trees from the rabbits by keeping their bark covered. These creatures can damage expensive trees by eating the tender shoots.
Another effective way to get rid of rabbits in your backyard is to use animal repellents. There are no poisons registered for use against rabbits in Wisconsin, and poisoning could harm children and other animals. Commercial repellents can be purchased at local hardware stores. They are available in powder and aerosol forms. They must be mixed with water before use. You should also check whether the repellent you choose is safe for rabbits.

How Can Reflecting Devices Keep Bunnies Away?

How Can Reflecting Devices Keep Bunnies Away?

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