How to Kill Pests: Rabbits

Updated April 17, 2017

For many homeowners, rabbits are a huge pest. Rabbits are herbivores and are naturally attracted to vegetables grown in gardens. Even a baby bunny can wreck havoc on a garden and destroy crops. Killing an invading rabbit is a guaranteed way to get rid of the pest; however, you may also want to consider trapping and relocating the rabbit.

Consider your options. Call a local animal control shelter and ask if it relocates trapped rabbits. Ask about local rabbit trapping and rabbit relocating laws. In some areas, relocating a rabbit after being trapped is against the law because it can cause rabbit overpopulation and help spread disease.

Trap your rabbit if you have found a humane alternative to killing the pest. Local pet stores and animal shelters may be willing to take a trapped rabbit. Humane live traps can be purchased from your local home improvement store or from online retailers.

Place a few snap traps in your garden if you have decided to trap and kill the rabbit. Snap traps come with an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage of a snap trap is that it takes care of killing the rabbit for you. The average gardener probably does not look forward to snapping a rabbit by the neck. The disadvantage of a snap trap is that it can also attract wildcats, dogs and squirrels.

Kill a rabbit as humanely as possible if you have a live trapped rabbit that you want to get rid of. Grab the rabbit by the neck with one hand. In one swift movement, twist the neck of the rabbit to break the neck.

Construct a fence around your yard to keep rabbits from entering your garden. A rabbit fence should have openings no larger than 1 inch. The fence should be at least 3 feet high to prevent the rabbit from jumping over it. Bury the fence at least 1 foot underground to prevent the rabbit from burrowing underneath it.


Check with local authorities when considering ways to capture, relocate and kill wild rabbits.

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Baptist Johnson was first published in 2000 when a poem he wrote won first prize in a local writing contest. He also writes and edits for Etched Press Society, a micro-publishing company based in Wilmington, N.C. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from East Carolina University.