In order to learn how to repel rabbits it is important to understand their Biology and Social structure. They live in burrows under the ground and are prolific tunnel diggers. They tend to be prolific breeders and the gestation period or pregnancy is around 31 days. The female rabbit prepares a nest under the ground and uses some of her fur which she pulls out and lines the nest with. She gives birth over a period of ten minutes and can have 8-13 little rabbits in a litter.
A female rabbit can give birth to as many as 300 rabbits a year. Rabbits traditionally feed at dawn and dusk and stay near to their burrows in order to avoid predators. They eat grasses leaves and weeds. In a lot of countries rabbits are considered a pest. I would like to highlight some factors you can consider in order to narrow down you research, but first, let’s have a look at the most popular options on the market.
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Our recommended rabbit repellents:
Nature’s Mace Deer and Rabbit Repellent 40oz Ready-to-Use Spray
This is quite a popular repellent so one simple reason, it just works. You can find it in 40oz ready to use spray that is ideal for anyone like me who prefer a straight forward application. If you need to cover larger areas you might have to look for a product that you will dilute, but for smaller yards this is just the perfect solution. Keep in mind that this is a option that doesn’t smell bad, while many options on the market are unbearable.
The formula works with deer and rabbits and it odorless. It comes from a manufacturer that is widely known for their repellents, so you can rest assure that the technology involve is par to none. I personally suggest this ready to use option but you can also find it as 1 gallon and 40oz concentrate product so you will have plenty to cover large areas.
Ortho Deer B Gon Deer and Rabbit Repellent Concentrate, 32-Ounce
If you would like to control rabbit problems, this option from Ortho is a great option at a great price. The product from Orthro comes concentrated so you can mix it and use your preferred sprayer for a budget friendly option. I like the fact the this products doesn’t have an unpleasant odor, so you can easily use it with no worries. It is very easy to apply, you just spray the formula and give it 20 minutes to dry. You can reapply after 30 days for maximum effect.
If you need to cover smaller areas you can buy the ready to use option for fast results with minimal preparation. This one is ideal for up to 10000 square feet areas, it is safe for pets and plants and can be found at a really attractive price. It definitely worth having a closer look if you prefer concentrated option for a rabbit repellent.
Bonide (BND2361) – Repels-All Animal Repellent
This is an all-in-one solution from Bonide, a unique blend that is designed to repel many species, including squirrel, deer, rabbit, mouse, rat and raccoons to name a few. It’s and easy to use solution, you just need to apply it around your round and garden, and this will trigger animal’s instincts to avoid getting closer. This come in form of granules that you can sprinkle in your desired location and water them lightly.
This is a 3 lbs pack that can be found at a reasonable price, ideal for anyone with a limited budget. They granules are biodegradable and won’t hurt pets or plants around the area you treat. If you are looking for an all-around animal repellent solution, this definitely worth checking out while researching. You can’t go wrong investing in these.
Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent Granular
You can find this product from Liquid Fence in various form, so you can pick the one you prefer. This specific one is a granular formula that is ideal for any garden, lawn and flower beds. It’s very easy to use and harmless to plants and pets. It is designed to have a scend that repels deer and rabbits, so they won’t come closer to your garden.
If you need to treat large areas you would probably need to opt for a concentrated solution that you can spray quicker, but for most case this granular option is a safe bet. You can spread it quite easily and it’s ideal for areas with low-lying vegetation. Overall, this is a great option at a great price, so make sure check this one out before you make up your mind.
I Must Garden Deer, Rabbit and Groundhog Repellent
This is quite a popular option on the market, and thanks to its attractive price its a great candidate for anyone on a limited budget. You can find it in 2.5 and 5 pounds options to pick the one that matches your needs. This product is very straight to use and best applied in cold or rainy weather. It is designed to protect your plants and landscape from rabbit, deer and groundhogs and made of natural ingredients and botanical oils.
This repellent is safe for pets and plants and contains no harmful chemicals. It relies on its scent that irritates animals and instinctively will avoid getting any closer to the area you applied the treatment. It works wonderfully and will provide protection even in harsh weather conditions as it will last longer through rain and snow. Overall, this is a budget-friendly option that worth worth considering if you are looking for a solution that won’t break the bank.
Things to consider when buying rabbit repellents:
Eliminating the Rabbit
In my country Australia, growing up in a rural area was a constant battle to keep the rabbits away from the crops. History says that 100 years ago a rabbit proof fence was erected across the country in order to protect agriculture, and apparently it is still there stretching from north to south across Western Australia in order to keep the rabbits out.
Myxomatosis a virus that kills rabbits was introduced in the 1950s and for a while helped to control the population, but as time went on it became less effective. Rabbits were introduced on settlement of Australia for their meat and have been a pest ever since. Over the years there have been many attempts to eliminate the rabbit some of them rather cruel, but they are still with us.
Methods used to deter the rabbits
I was at a local golf club the other day and the green keepers put a lot of effort into deterring the rabbits. The rabbits will move onto the green literally overnight and dig their tunnels. This creates hazards for the golfers and extra holes for the balls to go down, and I gather the golfers take this problem very seriously and the rabbits have to be deterred as the are ruining the course.
A lot of research has gone into using suitable deterrents that are not ecologically damaging. Simple products like mothballs and lavender which rabbits disliked were initially trialled with varying results, but it was not enough to get rid of them.
Rabbits sniff everything and for the domestic garden talcum powder laced with chilli pepper will deter them, but every time it rains the talcum has to be reapplied.
There is actually a species of rabbit that can’t dig, in some Countries, and these live on top of the ground, a one foot fence would be enough to keep these rabbits out of the vegetable garden. Also plant cages strategically placed around the plants are very effective and can be bought quite cheaply at the Hardware store.
With the burrowing rabbits it has been found that raised garden beds if high enough work quite well. Also they are repelled by the smell of a predators urine. I notice that Amazon are selling bottles of Coyote Urine which is apparently effective in repelling rabbits. Plantskydd spray in a ready to use spray bottle is another product that deters rabbits and can be sprayed frequently.
Rabbits are very frightened of predators, cats dogs and other animals, and you can make your garden less rabbit friendly by removing the undergrowth and hiding places. Rabbits are particularly attracted to fresh new growth like lettuces, parsley carrot tops, strawberries and other greenery, but will eat most things in the vegetable garden if hungry.
They also like spring flowers like petunias and pansies, so they are not very fussy as long as it is fresh and green they will eat it. Sometimes netting over the new growth will protect the area until it becomes established and will also help to keep the birds away. In Australia we also have possums in our gardens and they eat the same things but climb as well. A lot of similar deterrents work for both species.
A study came out about 25 years ago that said that four rabbits eat the same amount of grass as one sheep, so given the way they breed they need to be controlled or eliminated in order for the farmer to be able to grow productive crops and feed his stock. They destroy the pasture and if left unchecked ultimately cause erosion. In rural Australia farmers have a legal obligation to control wild rabbits properly as they are classed as a pest.
A range of different methods are used in order to achieve this. Integrated control methods are favoured and these involve keeping the numbers down and destroying their burrows or warrens. They are very difficult to control even in smaller numbers and in some areas they are shot or trapped in large numbers. There is still a method by which they can be fenced out with wire mesh around designated areas. Fencing of this nature is very labour intensive, but works for small new plants.
For smaller areas there is a product called Solar Animal Repeller, it gives off ultrasonic waves which repel the rabbit. It need to be placed in a sunny area where it can be recharged. The strong ultrasonic waves it produces are frightening to rabbits and drive them away without harming them. This method works well for market gardens with good sunlight and is relatively cheap.
Ultimately it appears that the rabbit is here to stay. Some people keep them as pets and small children like them. It seems that it is not possible to eliminate the rabbit, but it can be controlled even though it takes a constant effort. I really like the ultrasonic wave method and it may keep possums away as well, and I intend to trial it in my garden. The real answer probably lies in some form of contraception for rabbits, if we could stop them breeding that would be the ultimate control. New products are constantly invented to keep the numbers down and protect our plants.