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Old 07-05-2019, 10:15 AM
 
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Yeah, I know they are cute, but they are eating a bunch of my perennials. Anyone have success with any deterrents (sprays or noise makers)?? I have tried a deer/rabbit spray and some powdery stuff that I have spread, but it doesn't seem to do much. They seem to love my coral bells, liriope and some of my annuals this year, but I can always switch to other annuals next year. Would like to keep my perennials, but they are looking a bit rough and it's only July. Thanks for any suggestions....
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Yeah, I know they are cute, but they are eating a bunch of my perennials. Anyone have success with any deterrents (sprays or noise makers)?? ....
I have a secrete but the problem is I don't know what it is. My neighbors and family always ask me why Rabbits and squirrels don't eat anything out of my 2 vegetable beds that isn't even fenced in. I honestly don't know. Maybe because I have clover around and other material they like and oak trees (acorns)? Is that the trick for you? How about a net? Moth balls?
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:14 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Ours mostly just eat the Hostas and the lower leaves on the roses. Any effective deterrent such as coyote pee will require frequent re-application, and always after rain. A short fence works well, then use tall plants. Our rabbits (cottontails) can only jump up to 2’ high. Amazon sells a rabbit deterrent called “Rabbit Scram”, but I haven’t read the reviews. Mothballs are toxic to birds, pets and children, so are not recommended.
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:18 PM
 
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If slugs or rabbits like something I plant, I either plant it in a hanging basket or stop planting it. Gardening is supposed to be fun, not frustrating.

As for deer, a fence works like magic.
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Wilmington NC
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I had an inflatable owl and an inflatable snake I used for a long time. I did not keep scientific data to see if they helped.

But now I'm moving into a house with rats in the shrubbery and crawlspace so I'm going to buy another owl or two.
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Old 07-05-2019, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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How about a carrot in a live animal trap? Here's an excellent recipe:


Lapin à la Moutarde


Ingredients:

1 large rabbit (3–4 lbs), cut into serving pieces
salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup flour
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
12 each button mushrooms
1⁄2 cup Chablis wine or other dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup of mixed diced carrots, celery, and onion
1 bouquet garni (thyme, parsley, bay leaf)
1⁄3 cup crème fraîche
1⁄2 cup Dijon mustard
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
8 oz egg noodles, cooked
Directions:

Season the rabbit pieces with salt and pepper, smear with a little flour, and remove excess coating.


Heat 2 tbsp of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear rabbit pieces, turning frequently, until rabbit is very crisp, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter.


Reduce heat to medium and melt remaining 2 tbsp butter in skillet. Add the mixed diced vegetables, then the mushrooms, and cook until light brown, stirring occasionally until softened, 8-10 minutes.


Add Chablis wine to skillet and scrape up any browned bits. Add the chicken broth and bring to boil, then return rabbit pieces to the skillet, along with bouquet garni. Cover and cook until rabbit is tender, about 35 minutes.
Remove the rabbit, then reduce the sauce by half, stir in crème fraîche and Dijon mustard, then simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let the sauce rest while you cook the egg noodles, then finish with little raw butter.
Dress the noodles on a large platter and top with the rabbit pieces. Taste the sauce for seasoning and pour on top of the dish. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.


Yum!
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Old 07-05-2019, 03:15 PM
 
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Yeah, I know they are cute, but they are eating a bunch of my perennials. Anyone have success with any deterrents (sprays or noise makers)?? I have tried a deer/rabbit spray and some powdery stuff that I have spread, but it doesn't seem to do much. They seem to love my coral bells, liriope and some of my annuals this year, but I can always switch to other annuals next year. Would like to keep my perennials, but they are looking a bit rough and it's only July. Thanks for any suggestions....
My wife makes a concoction out of chili powder which she sprays around her perennials. It seems to work, but you know, this summer has been kind of rainy.

https://www.hunker.com/13429471/home...cayenne-pepper

I use a Hav-A-Hart trap, medium size, baited with apples. I relocate them at least 3 to 4 miles away. Put the trap where you see them. Some of the smaller rabbits will not trip the trap door, so add a little weight to it (either a flat rock or a magnet).
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Old 07-05-2019, 05:06 PM
 
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no help, sorry.
we "used to" repel, trap, and kill.
but...after our dogs found a nest with new-born kits,
AND my wife saw it, we essentially "feed" them now.
but, they have to be quick to beat the deer.
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Old 07-05-2019, 05:22 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I had an inflatable owl and an inflatable snake I used for a long time. I did not keep scientific data to see if they helped.

But now I'm moving into a house with rats in the shrubbery and crawlspace so I'm going to buy another owl or two.
We just got home and one was on the front lawn next to the driveway near the street. It ignored us unloading, and even a dog on leash walking by that barked at him. Just kept eating grass. (Which I don’t mind, a few more and maybe no more mowing).
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Old 07-05-2019, 05:37 PM
 
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I have tons of rabbits each year. I brought wire fencing which stops them from getting into my veggies.

18 in. x 10 ft. Green Folding Metal Wire Garden Fence
https://www.homedepot.com/p/18-in-x-...8009/202535952

The rest of the garden is up for grabs. These poor creatures lost so much of their natural habitat, I don't care if they chew my perennials.

As for rabbit meat, its too hard to eat with so many little bones.
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