Ever use any rabbit repellents??

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GarPA, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
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    We had a couple large flower displays last year that were nearly runied by an unusally high number of rabbits last year. I;ve heard some people say Liquid Fence works well and others like hot pepper spray.
    Have you tried any of these approaches?? I think I heard somwhere that a homemade mixture of cayenne and garlic powder works and does not harm the annuals although with the pepper sprays, every time it rains you have to reapply but Liquid Fence claims their product can handle 1" of rain per week and will not wash off.

    Any recipes or opinions you have are most welcome...thanks
     
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've used Hot Pepper Wax. It's a pepper spray, but it dries to a waxy film to keep the rain from washing it. You'll still need to re-apply it weekly for best results. I had one residence where the rabbits were so thick that the pepper sprays didn't work so good (I think each rabbit would take a bite off the plant until the hot sauce burned their little mouths). I had to trap them. I took close to 30 rabbits off that property.
     
  3. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
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    Mike...where did you buy the hp wax?...or did you mix your own? I'd rather just buy it ready-to-use...thanks
     
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    I bought it at a local nursery. I have not seen it in the bigger chains, ie Home Depot, Lowes, etc. It comes in a red spray bottle and is called "Hot Pepper Wax".
     
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just did a web search and found gallon bottles of concentrate at Gemplers for 35.00. 1 gal of concentrate will make 128 gallons of finished spray...that works for me to not have to worry over the possibility of having hundreds of annuals on a given property end up as rabbit salad....I'll try to remember to post back here after we apply it and see how it works...thanks again Mike
     
  6. old dog

    old dog LawnSite Member
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    I have a client who makes her husband pee in a jug and sprinkle areas that she does not want rabbits or deer in.It works.
     
  7. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Teenager with a pellet gun works, too.
     
  8. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
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    I use a combination of Habanero peppers that I grow and Castor oil. It works very well for deer also.Poor stupid creatures.
     
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
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    I do feel sorry for rabbits, deer and all the other creatures....we pave over almost every farm or open pasture area, so they have less and less natural habitat so they end up chewing on our precious little flowers and plants... and then we poison or shoot them....somethings wrong with that picture....
     
  10. jimslawns

    jimslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    80 lbs German Shepard. :p
     

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