The Q&A Archives: How to deter wildlife

Question: How do you deter rabbits and deer from a vegetable garden? Our garden is surrounded by forest areas.

Answer: There are a number of animal repellent sprays that might help deter rabbits from eating your veggeis. Try 'Get Away' or 'Deer Away'. Both are reasonably effective in deterring deer and rabbits and last 7-10 days without washing off. Natural scent repellents such as coyote and fox urine are also available from most nurseries and through mail order catalogs. Fencing can also help deter rabbits. To be most effective, a 1" chicken wire fence needs to be 2-3 feet high and buried at least 6 inches deep around your flowers. Consider also interplanting your flowers with garlic, onions, Mexican marigold or Dusty Miller. Bunnies tend not to like their aroma. Also, you can make your own animal repellent mixture by mixing a few teaspoons of cayenne pepper, and a dash of soap in a quart of water. Spray on the plants you want to protect. Once the growth is a few weeks old, the rabbits shouldn't be interested anymore. You can try to scare rabbits from your garden by burying empty pop bottles with the tops poking up a few inches above the ground. The eerie whistle that results when the wind blows can scare them away. Sprinkling blood meal, ground hot peppers or human or dog hair around plants is also sometimes effective. Hope this information helps!

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