The best way to keep rabbits from eating garden plants is with a combination of exclusion, deterrence and distraction. You need a spade, chicken wire with holes less than 1 inch across, stakes, wire cutters, and deterrent spray or powder.Continue Reading
Construct a chicken wire fence around your garden at least 2 feet high. To prevent the rabbits from burrowing under, dig a trench so that the fencing extends six inches down and six inches outward from the garden, and then fill the trench in.
Deterrents are unpleasant smells and tastes that repel rabbits. Purchase predator urine spray from garden centers. Urine-soaked kitty litter is another option. Rabbits have a good sense of smell and will shun areas that indicate danger. The smell of human hair also frightens rabbits away, and it decomposes into fertilizer. Alternatively, try home remedies such as cayenne powder, chili spray, hot pepper flakes, Tabasco sauce or vinegar.
Plant plantain weed or clover in another part of your property specifically for the rabbits to feed on. They will go for this easy food source instead of taking the trouble to climb over the fence and risk a mouthful of cayenne powder to eat your hostas.
There are basically two methods to get rid of pack rats: exclusion and trapping. In order to exclude them from a property, it is recommended to examine all possible routes into the building. This means checking foundations, plumbing, electricity outlets, vents and roofs for any openings as well as the more obvious routes such as doors and windows.Full Answer >
Removing rabbit hiding places and installing fences around the perimeter of your property are two ways you can get rid of rabbits around your home. Rabbits tend to hide in areas with large amounts of vegetation. Removing any overgrown grass, shrubs and bushes deters rabbits from remaining on your property.Full Answer >
To prevent rabbits from entering the property, attach hardware cloth, poultry netting or hail screen to the bottom 2 feet of the existing fence, or install a fence with openings that are less than 1 inch in diameter around the property. If fencing isn't an option, apply repellents to the affected areas of the property and remove debris from the lawn. Live traps are an option to capture the rabbits.Full Answer >
Homemade odor and taste barriers made of onions, garlic cloves, red chili pepper or broken eggs are effective ways to repel rabbits. Because of their enhanced sense of smell, rabbits are repelled by these strong odors. Alternatively, spread used cat litter around gardens and entrances, as rabbits fear feline predators.Full Answer >