Rabbit populations can be reduced or eliminated by removing debris that provides shelter, installing fencing and using repellent, according to HGTV. Plants can be protected with hardware cloth or fencing until the rabbits are relocated.Know More
Fencing intended to keep rabbits out should be made from a fine mesh, such as chicken wire, and should be buried to prevent rabbits from entering under it. Additionally, fencing should be at least 10 inches tall, according to ArborScape. Rabbits are repelled by some scents, including vinegar and soap, but according to HGTV, these scents won't provide a long-term solution because rabbits eventually ignore the smell.
Commercial rabbit repellents may be more effective when brands and types of repellents are changed on a regular basis. For instance, spraying the perimeter of the lawn with vinegar then placing commercial rabbit repellent out a few weeks later may deter rabbits for a longer period of time than simply using one repellent.
Cleaning away sticks and other debris that provides rabbits with shelter may prompt the animals to move elsewhere. HGTV recommends identifying and eliminating existing burrows and mowing the lawn frequently to eliminate hiding places. Live traps may also be used if rabbits aren't responding to other treatment. Live traps won't harm the rabbits, allowing the animals to be relocated as needed. ArborScape recommends contacting the local Game and Wildlife Commission, or another agency in the community, before catching and releasing wild rabbits.Learn More
Jackrabbits make their home primarily in the Great Basin region of the northern Great Plains. According to the Idaho Museum of Natural History, these animals can be found from the Mississippi River to the Sierra Nevada mountains, ranging as far as central Canada to northern New Mexico.Full Answer >
Wild cottontail rabbits usually mature at around 2 to 3 pounds. Some domestic breeds of rabbit mature at 12 to 14 pounds or even larger. For example, the Flemish Giant usually reaches around 14 pounds, but occasionally can grow as large as 22 pounds.Full Answer >
Wild rabbits seldom eat nuts, so they should not be fed to domestic rabbits. Nuts are too high in fat to be digested properly. A healthy diet for a rabbit consists primarily of hay and vegetables.Full Answer >
When a rabbit's ears stick up, it usually means that it heard or smelled something new. A rabbit tends to listen carefully to decide whether it needs to make a quick escape. With its ears sticking up, the rabbit is ready to catch the sound coming from all directions.Full Answer >