Many times, you can say goodbye to your plants when you have rabbits in your yard. These small animals essentially eat anything that is green and leafy. Rabbits in your yard will eat flower bulbs, plant roots, shrubs, and parts of trees. If you have fruit, vegetables or herbs in your garden, they’ll eat those, also.
Not only that, they will also dig under your yard, under your house, under your porch. These burrows can cause a great deal of damage. Rabbits live in groups in a large system of burrows called warrens. In these warrens, there are places for the storage of food and for sleeping. Warrens can become very complex.
The groups living in these warrens can grow to be large. Rabbits in your yard reproduce quickly. Once a female rabbit, a doe, reaches about six months of age, she can reproduce. In about thirty days, she delivers a litter of up to a dozen offspring. Then, she can immediately be bred again.
There are diseases carried by rabbits, as well. Q fever, bucellosis, tularemia, and giardiasis are among the common ones. Fortunately, these diseases only affect people who have compromised immune systems already.
In addition to eating your plants and your lawn, there is another way rabbits can destroy your yard. Often, they will eat grass, then vomit it up again onto the lawn. Being very acidic, this product will burn out patches of grass. And, the rabbits return to the same area and do this again.
You can begin to see the potential problems rabbits in your yard can pose.
What can you do if you have rabbits in your yard? Building a fence is maybe the most effective way to stop rabbits from inhabiting your yard. You can either fence off the entire area or just certain plants or sections of your yard. These fences must be at least 3 feet high, so the rabbits can’t jump over them. They also must be buried at least a foot under the ground to prevent them from digging under them.
Repellents may also work. Predator urine seems to be effective at keeping rabbits away. But the scents aren’t reliable and wear off fast.
Some fungicide sprays are repulsive to rabbits. Sprays that contain thiram are also toxic to humans and can’t be used on plants you plan to eat. For ornamental plants, trees, and shrubs, this may work well.
Contacting a professional to remove rabbits in your yard may be your best bet. Heath’s Wildlife Service provides 24-hour emergency and long-term nuisance wildlife removal services. Chris Heath will give you a no-obligation, free estimate for removing wildlife from your home. Call 855-422-0434 or 603-664-0513 today.