There are some people who don’t understand who would want to get rid of rabbits. Rabbits may be cute, but they can also be destructive to your garden or lawn. In those cases they are considered pests and for the avid gardener-virtual enemies. They are also very fast and you need to know how to trap them or keep them away because it can be tricky figuring the best way to keep these animals out of your yard.
They can also reproduce really fast so if you have a male and a female rabbits in the area you can soon expect to have several, making your problem that much worst. Even as difficult as it can be to trap them or to keep them away there are a few things that you as a home owner can do to keep rabbits away or to get rid of them if they are already around your property and eating your garden beds.
Cut Their Food Source
The reason why rabbits are invading your garden is because there is food there. Everyone who plants a vegetable garden is at risk of having their veggies invaded by these uninvited guests. Likewise, many enthusiastic people in love with flowers are sad to discover rabbits have been making fast food out of their rare and hard to grow plant life. You must face reality and accept the fact that you will not keep them out unless you fence them out. It’s also good to remember that even superb fencing is sometimes breached by a rabbit searching for clover. Even with a fence a persistent rabbit will find its way to your garden because they are great diggers, but that problem is solved with an underground metal fence. Forget the plastic underground fence because although it may keep some rabbits out, others will just chew through them and get to your garden anyway. Make the fence at least 3 and 1/2 to 4 ft. high with an underground fence of about a foot deep and that should help keep the rabbits out.
If you decide that you have had enough, and do not want to trouble yourself with a fence you may decide to give repellents a try. There are plenty of repellents on the market all with different success rates but unfortunately all of those rates are rather low compared to other methods. You may find that those repellents were really effective or a waste of money. You must also look out for the types of repellent you get because if you are putting the repellent on the veggies you want to be careful about the chemicals going in. Some repellents are placed outside or on the edge of your garden so read the instructions carefully. You don’t want to work hard for natural, organic vegetables only to ruin the goal because of attempts to chase rabbits away.
The most effective way to get rid of the rabbits is to trap and release. The reason that is so effective is because if you are moving them far enough they will not return and they can have their off springs in a location where they will not be damaging people’s property or gardens. As stated before trapping a rabbit is not an easy task, so you will need to be creative and at the same time pay attention to the details of the area the rabbits frequent. There are occasions where the best option is selecting a professional service to help rid you of this nuisance wildlife. If you decide to do it yourself some garden stores will sell traps. Make sure that the traps are disguised and in a location where the rabbit is frequently seen. Fresh vegetables are good bait for rabbit traps.
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