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No predators and an abundance of food
have made the rabbit population explode.
They are cute to watch, especially the babies as they leave the nest and begin to forage on their own.
What to do
If rabbits have found a good food, such as your favorite tulips or lilies, they’ll stick around. Putting out rabbit pellets, available from pet and feed stores, may help keep them fed and away from your favorite plants.
Rabbits seem to be able to eat their weight during one night of foraging. And they don’t restrict themselves to just one season, either. They can do as much damage in winter as they do in the summer. Plus, where there’s one rabbit, there will be more.
What to do
Commercial repellents, such as Ro-Pel® and Rabbit-Scat®, help. Wire fencing, such as chicken wire or hardware cloth, is your best, most reliable bet. Be sure to bury the bottom edge 6 to 12 in. so rabbits can’t burrow their way under it. And the wire needs to be at least 4 ft. high so they can’t hop over it. The opening in the mesh should be no more than 1 in. in diameter so the youngsters can’t crawl through for a nibble.