Rabbit repellant sprays - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rswenson2003
January 3, 2010
Can rabbit repellant sprays be sprayed in the winter? Or is it too cold for them to work? What brand do you recommend?

Answer from NGA
January 3, 2010
Bunnies can be a real problem in the garden and the only really effective way to protect your plants is to fence them in. To be most effective, a 1" chicken wire fence needs to be 2 feet high and buried at least 6 inches deep around your flowers. There are a number of animal repellent sprays that you may want to try: 'Ropel', 'Get Away' and 'Deer Away' are available from Home Depot. All will last 7-10 days without washing off (temperature doesn't affect them). Natural scent repellents such as coyote and fox urine are also available though mail order sources. You might also consider interplanting with garlic, onions, Mexican marigold or Dusty Miller. Bunnies tend not to like their aroma. 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. Best wishes with your garden!

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