How to Get Rid of Rabbits Eating Flowers

Overview

A hungry rabbit will eat anything, and your flower garden might look particularly delicious. If rabbits are decimating your flower garden and landscaping, you may feel like you want to strangle the bunnies rather than just deterring them. However, in many areas it is not legal to shoot, poison or otherwise kill wildlife. Many forms of lethal rabbit control also endanger pets and children. There are options for simply ridding yourself of flower-eating rabbits.

Step 1

Run several jalapenos through a food processor with about half a cup of water. Grind the peppers until they are slushy.

Step 2

Strain the liquid through cheesecloth. Catch the liquid in an airtight container. Throw away the solid material that you catch in the cheesecloth.

Step 3

Add 2 tbsp. olive oil, ½ tsp. child's craft glue and four drops of liquid soap to the mixture. Shake or swirl it to stir.

Step 4

Mix a solution of the jalapeno mix and water in the spray bottle. Use a ratio of one to 10. This means if you use ¼ cup of solution, you need 2 1/2 cups of water. Swirl the mixture together, but do not shake it up.

Step 5

Spritz your flowers with the spray to get rid of rabbits. The peppery, unpleasant mixture will not hurt your flowers but it will keep rabbits out of your garden.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful using any pepper spray on plants if you have a cat. Pepper sprays can cause cats' eyes to become severely irritated and can even cause infections and death.

Things You'll Need

  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Food processor
  • Cheese cloth
  • Airtight container
  • Olive oil
  • Child's craft glue
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Spray bottle

References

  • Hortiscope: Questions on Rabbits; Ron Smith
  • Fran Sorin: Old Fashioned Home Remedies for the Garden
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