Keeping rabbits away from the outdoor vegetation (including trees – they also eat bark) requires a multi-channel approach for maximum efficacy: fencing, repellents, live traps, guards, and distractions. If it’s legal in your town and you enjoy the taste of rabbit stew, you are able to embrace the “leader strategy:” sit from the window with a rifle or shotgun and pick off them one-by-one. We’ll begin with the fence.
To fence your backyard, you’ll need 36-inch chicken cable of sufficient length to encircle the region. Plan on placing metal or wooden stakes about every four feet and rig up some type of gate the long-eared interlopers can’t get under or through. Your regional building supply individual can give you tips on that. If you’ve got another notorious garden pest locally, deer, you’ll require a taller fence made from something more durable than inch-mesh chicken wire.
Dig a trench 6-12-inches wide and about four inches deep before setting the bets. Bend the bottom three or four inches of the chicken wire in an L-shape, with the bottom of this ‘L’ on the floor, stretching in the fenced area and bury it.
You can tell when squirrels are attacking your trees, typically in winter when there’s little else to forage, by the marks left by both big incisors (picture Bugs Bunny biting on a tree trunk).
If you wish to get really medieval on Thumper and his friends, consider installing an electrified fence, which doesn’t need to be buried. The light electric jolt will send the pests scurrying to your neighbor’s garden.
In spite of a fence, it is a fantastic idea to surround your backyard with thing that emit scents the rabbits hate. The most frequently used items are lavender and garlic. Foxglove and monkshood also work because anglers understand they are poisonous (maybe not a great idea if you have kids, though). Another choice is to disperse a concentrated garlic powder named Pro-Tecs. Camphor is also widely used, but not suggested. Though these creatures hate camphor, dispersing moth balls or anything similar around your house effectively coats your whole property in poison which could cause difficulties for you, your pets, your backyard, and ground water.
A couple of rabbit-hating (or rabbit-loving) dogs on the property will also discourage rabbits and deer, but only while the dogs are out running about. Once the dogs go in the house, the varmints will return. Australia once tried to get a handle on its out-of-control feral rabbit population by releasing hundreds of cats to the wild. Mice might not have fared well, but the rabbits lasted damaging native plants, and thumbing their paws in the cats, before a virus deadly only to rabbits was released. It worked, but this isn’t a control method that is available to you from Wildlife Removal West Palm Beach.