While rabbits can be fun pets, having too many of them can destroy your garden. Here are some recipes for homemade rabbit repellents you may experiment with.
Hair and Plants
One of the easiest methods is to gather different types of animal hair. You can use cat, dog and even your own hair. Put these in sealed plastic near plants and flowers. Once rabbits smell it, they’ll go elsewhere.
Plants can also be effective deterrents. Onions, garlic and lavender will keep these animals away. Catnip is also known to drive rabbits away. However, catnip attracts cats, so you need to keep that in mind.
Marigold is also effective. Some gardeners like to spray some bacon grease around the garden because it discourages rabbits from coming in.
Droppings and Glass Bottles
You can also use ferret droppings as homemade rabbit repellents. If you don’t have a ferret, go to a pet store. Ask for some of the droppings. Mix these in water and spread around the garden edges.
A less smelly solution is to pour water in several 1 gallon glass bottles. Sunlight will reflect off the glass and scare the rabbits. Be sure to put the glass bottles where they’ll get as much sunlight as possible.
A Repellent Spray
Prepare 3 tablespoons of Tabasco sauce, dish soap and cayenne pepper. Mix these with a gallon of water. Pour in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray it on plants and the edge of the garden.
Trapping the Rabbits
Aside from homemade rabbit repellents, you can also make traps. You’ll need the following.
Required Tools and Materials
1 piece of plywood
Fasten the screw hook in the middle part of the box. This will function as the pulley. Set the plywood where the rabbits usually appear. Position the box with the stick so the animal can go below it.
Fasten the string on the carrot. Put the string through the hook all the way to the stick. Pull the string until the carrot gets suspended in midair. Secure it to the stick.
Now you just have to hide. When you hear a thudding sound, it means the rabbit was caught. Go over and release the rabbit. It will remember what happened and go away. This is one of the most efficient homemade rabbit repellents you can make and it also doesn’t harm the animal.
Garlic and Pepper Mix
Crush several pieces of garlic and add as many hot peppers as possible. The hotter the peppers are, the better. Put these ingredients in water (1 quart). Let it soak there for 72 hours. Strain it and pour in a spray bottle. Squeeze in a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap. Spray it on plants.
Human urine also works. You can sprinkle some of the urine in the garden. You can also keep dogs in the yard to scare rabbits off. You can also get some chicken wire fence.
As you can see, there are plenty of homemade rabbit repellents you can experiment with. Some may work better than others, so you should try as many as possible to see which works.