Building a wire fence to prevent rabbits from going into certain areas such as gardens is a way of long-term prevention. However, it may not be a cost-effective or practical solution. The existence of the fence can also make your garden view less beautiful. But there are other solutions that are popular, i.e., using repellents. This method focuses on repelling rabbits through tastes or scents.
In the market, you will easily find various kinds of products to get rid of the rabbit. However, most of the pesticide products contain hazardous chemicals that will also contribute to pollution of the environment. Spraying pesticides is also dangerous for growing vegetables that will be consumed. Therefore, you might make yourself a rabbit repellent with kitchen supplies that you have available. Here are some environmentally friendly rabbit repellents.
1. Use spicy ingredients
Spicy ingredients can be trusted to keep rabbits off of your favorite plants. To minimize the danger, dissolve spicy ingredients with soapy water. To make this repellent, you need 4 liters of water, 5-8 cloves of garlic puree, 1-2 tablespoons powdered red pepper, and a bit of black pepper powder. Mix all the ingredients. This method may take several weeks to see its effectiveness. But as the initial effects kick in, the amount of plants that rabbits will eat will be reduced.
2. Try using raw eggs
Beat the egg and then pour it into a spray bottle. Then spray it on plants or around the boundaries of your garden. Rabbits do not like the fishy smell of raw egg, but they still may become accustomed to it in the long run. If you use this method, you should consider the possibility of actually attracting other pests, such as ants.
3. Use the crumbs of animal bones or dried blood
Both of these materials can be found at stores that sell gardening supplies. Spread the animal bones or dried blood on the ground around the plants of your garden. This material is made from animal ingredients or animal organs that were crushed to be able to get rid of rabbits. This material is also rapidly decomposed when there are wet soil conditions, and will be more effective when the soil is dry.
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