The Q&A Archives: What to do about Rabbits

Question: I have rabbits underneath my deck that are eating all of my tiger lillies and anything else i may plant.What can i do about them?

Answer: There are a number of animal repellent sprays that would help deter rabbits from eating the flowers. Try 'Get Away', Ropel or 'Deer Away'. Natural scent repellents such as coyote and fox urine are also available at garden centers. Or you can put up a fence. To be most effective, a 1" chicken wire fence needs to be 2 feet high and buried at least 6 inches deep. Consider also interplanting your flowers with garlic, onions, Mexican marigold or Dusty Miller. Bunnies tend not to like their aroma. Or, 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. Or, 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. Good luck with your project.

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