Repelling Rascally Rabbits

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyAnyone who gardens knows that wildlife will eat vegetable plants faster than the fruit can develop and be harvested.

My neighborhood has tons of wild rabbits hopping around. The hawks, bobcats, foxes, and coyotes (yes, even in my suburban neighborhood!) live quite nicely on the cottontails.

The predators haven’t eaten enough of the little critters to keep them out of gardens. During the winter, they eat the pansies and anything else that’s edible.

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasyOur back fence is well built and keeps rabbits out most of them time. One day, a little, bitty bunny got in. Mockingbird and I spent several minutes chasing it around the backyard until we herded it out of the back gate and to freedom.

Of course, those tiny rabbits get in just fine. Sigh. Sunday afternoon, we found one hiding out. Easter Bunny, maybe? 😀

(Teeth off those baby veggies, Baby Bunny!)

The front yard is a different story. When I plant broccoli, lettuces, and kale in the front flower beds, I have to watch to be sure the rabbits don’t kill the plants.

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasyOne product I’ve used is fox urine granules.


Go ahead get it out of your system. I’ll give you a minute.

Feel better?

It’s nicely contained in a sprinkle container, so I can shake it around the perimeter of the garden. Little Bunny Foo-Foo is supposed to think that a fox lives nearby and run away to someone else’s yard.

Like anything that’s a natural remedy, I have to reapply it every so often. And, yes, I wash my hands thoroughly after!

It works, as far as I can tell. Mostly, anyway. I don’t use it all the time, so I’m sure user error has a lot to do with how often the rabbits snack on my plants.

Believe me, the thought of making rabbit stew has crossed my mind a few times. I probably wouldn’t…maybe. If I did, it probably use Hank Shaw’s recipe for German Rabbit Stew. (I love this guy’s website for so many reasons.)

Do you have rabbits or other critters that roam your yard? Do you do anything to persuade them to go elsewhere?

10 comments on… “Repelling Rascally Rabbits”

  1. Hmm, fox urine granules. So basically your scaring the poor little bunnies to death making them think there is a red fox in your garden ready to pounce on them. Does the Easter bunny still come to your house? I guess he could still get in through the back yard. I bet he left a few rotten eggs in protest. 😉

    • Diana Beebe

      Well, that’s one way to put it! I prefer to think the scared rabbits run away and tell their friends to avoid our house.

      No rotten eggs were left either. 😉

  2. We have deer. We don’t yet have plants (we built a new house and mostly still have mud) but based on what our neighbours have been saying, evading the ungulates is going to be a bit of a challenge!

    • Diana Beebe

      I’m glad I don’t have to worry about deer here. It’s a different story in other parts of Texas though. Plant lots of tomatoes around your delicate plants. I hear that works. 🙂

    • My sister has tried every deer repellant she could find, to no avail. They actually have a guy who vacuums up the deer droppings. I’ve been bucks fighting when I’ve visited. They are cute when they are little. LOL

      • Diana Beebe

        Why does he vacuum the deer droppings? Does he use it as fertilizer? Does removing it make the deer think their friends have moved? So many questions, Pauline!

        Of course, this also makes me wonder how he describes to someone what he does for a living. Yeah, the jokes are endless…

  3. Deer! I love seeing them peek out from between the trees in the woods surrounding our house, but I don’t like seeing the nibbled off plant life in my yard. The only thing they don’t seem to like are my blackberry bushes. Even though I have the thornless variety, they seem to be deer-proof. I’m going to try pallet gardening this year. Maybe with such a small area I can keep them covered with heavy-gauge wire mesh and keep out the critters.

    We won’t even talk about the raccoons. Most destructive animals in existence.

    • Diana Beebe

      Blackberries must have a reputation. More berries for you! I’ve seen pictures of pallet gardens–really neat. Let me know how it goes!

      I don’t see many of the raccoons around here. They are pretty sneaky though.

  4. Thanks for the link to this post, Diana. Lots of good info in the post and the comments, too. I bet we’ll have a bigger problem with opossums than rabbits or squirrels. Not looking forward to opossums getting in our new yard. Eeek!

    Do you know if the fox urine freaks dogs out? I’m wondering how our dogs would react to that smell? 🙂

    • Diana Beebe

      That’s a good question about how dogs might react. I don’t recall our dog ever having a problem with it. Also, I haven’t had any trouble with opossums. We see them every once in awhile but not in the garden. *fingers crossed*

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