Why Do Rabbits Dig Holes in Lawns and Gardens?

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Most rabbits are expert diggers; they dig to find food and to make burrows for shelter. Rabbits may cause substantial damage to lawns and gardens if maintenance is not kept up to date.

Property owners can take action to prevent rabbits from digging up lawns and gardens by fencing in plants or salting the perimeter of the yard or garden. Installing plants that give off an unpleasant odor such as onions, garlic, and marigolds also keep rabbits at bay.

It is important for homeowners to refrain from catching rabbits with their bare hands while trapping them to prevent the spread of rabbit diseases. Tularemia, or rabbit fever, is rarely a threat among humans, but people can still catch it from a sick rabbit. Other diseases from rabbits are contagious to humans, such as E. coli and tapeworms.