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Rid Your Garden of Ravenous Rabbits, Naturally

Hop, munch.  Hop, munch, munch.  Good heavens, they’re everywhere!

Funny how your yard tends to have no rabbits and then seemingly overnight there are two, three, four or more. Okay, maybe not so funny as they shave your flowers and vegetables to the ground and nip the foliage off the bottom half of your favorite shrubs.

You can trap them, let your dog have his way (which could results in much more damage to the perennial bed) or persuade them that somewhere else offers a better place to live. Here’s a vote for the latter.


Petrified of Predators

Rabbits are small, and according to some, tasty.  These lagomorphs (that’s right, they aren’t rodents, as most people believe) are preyed upon by coyotes, foxes, raccoons, hawks, eagles and owls.  Domestic dogs and cats also take a toll when given the opportunity.  It’s no wonder that rabbits are always worried about being eaten.  Scent-based natural rabbit repellents incorporate the smells of predators, creating products that make an area smell – to rabbits’ noses – like a scary beast’s hunting grounds. These scents prompt a flight reflex and the rabbits leave.


A Mouthful of Nasty

Rabbits can’t vomit, so whatever goes down, stays down.  Repellent sprays that cover garden foliage with bitter or burning hot pepper coating can be effective deterrents for making both the rabbits’ mouths and stomachs uncomfortable.  Their take away – forage elsewhere.


Stinky Substances

Rabbits have a keen sense of smell. Scents they don’t like include lavender, garlic, mint, raw eggs, chili peppers and dried blood. Odiferous natural deterrents are often best used in conjunction with other repellents. Hungry rabbits can force themselves to eat smelly (to them) plants when other options are limited.


Fast Action = Greater Success

If rabbits are given time to settle comfortably into your yard, they’ll be less inclined to want to move elsewhere. Get them out before they see your place as their home.  Sooner is better when you’re working to rid the yard of rabbits.


Double Up for Quickest Results

Since a speedy response is ideal, use the approach that produces the quickest results. Combine two forms of repellent;  a sprinkled-on granular with a foliage spray. This combination sends a clear and forceful message that produces excellent results.

There are a dozen species of rabbits in the U.S.  Whichever bad bunnies are devouring your garden, encourage them to see that greener pastures exist.  Take advantage of the effective natural and organic repellents now available to do the job. You can enjoy a safe yard for your family and pets, ensuring that your plants are safe from munching, too.


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10/23/2013    Animal Repellent Tips