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March 19, 2018 3 min read

Make a homemade rabbit repellent

How to keep rabbits out of their garden with natural means. Rabbits are an invasive species that can create huge damage in a garden. It is possible to repel them with odorous or spicy products that you can do yourself, but it usually takes many tests before obtaining convincing results. If you really have trouble keeping rabbits away from your garden, you can also build a fence that must have specific features.

Make a homemade repellent

  • Fill a large container with water. An empty milk can of 4-liter capacity can do the trick. You can use cold water in which you will add all the other elements that go into the repellent product, but you will have more facility to mix all the ingredients if you use lukewarm water.
  • Add a little dish washing liquid. Pour one tablespoon (15 ml) of this product into the 4 liters of water. This ingredient will allow your mixture to attach better to the surfaces (leaves, stems, etc.) of the plants. It will also facilitate the dissolution of the repellent material in the water to prevent it from floating on the surface of the mixture.
  • Add the repellent material. It can be a simple hot sauce (with red peppers) and you could pour a tablespoon (15 ml) into the 4 liters of water in your can. If you use a smaller one-liter container, for example, you can just add a teaspoon (5 ml) of sauce. Close the can well and shake it vigorously to thoroughly mix all the ingredients in your homemade repellent. Leave the can in the sun to speed up the mixing of ingredients.
  • Pour your repellent into a bottle equipped with a spray system. If you have a large garden, you could buy a sprayer with a large container in a gardening or home improvement store. If you want to avoid spending, any vaporizer, even with a small bottle (or bottle), will do just fine. Be careful with the sprayers whose can contains cleaning chemicals. Do not use a sprayer with a label on it that warns that the can can not be reused for other purposes, otherwise you could poison the rabbits (which you probably want to move away from your garden), your plants, and even the people who will consume the products of your garden.
  • Spray the repellent early in the evening. Most rabbits feed during the night and this is why you should cover your plants with the repellent a little before sunset. Spray the product preferably on the plants that rabbits consume. When they experience an unpleasant sensation after absorbing some of the repellent, they will stop eating plants from your garden and they will most likely go for food elsewhere. If you know where rabbits enter your garden, you can spread the product on plants near the point of entry. They may be encouraged to go elsewhere as soon as they enter your garden. The repellent can attack the leaves of some plants leaving “scars”. If you notice this kind of negative effects on the plants in your garden, spread the product on the ground around them instead of spraying it on their leaves.
  • Spray regularly on your plants. Repeat the spraying process every two or three days, but also after a rain or a heavy dew has cleaned the leaves of the plants in your garden. As soon as you notice that there are no more marks of rabbit teeth on your plants, you will be able to stop spreading repellent in your garden, because the rabbits will probably have understood that this space is not made for them . You will have to wait a few weeks before getting rid of these long-eared animals, but you will see a clear reduction in damage well before this final result.

Make a homemade rabbit repellent