Home Remedies for Rabbit Control

Updated February 21, 2017

Rabbits can cause damage to flowers and vegetables in the spring and summer months and to woody plants in the fall and winter. If you live in an area populated with these prolific creatures, take control of rabbit populations using home remedy methods that do not require the use of chemical repellents or poisoning.

Habitat Manipulation

Rabbits like to live and hide in brushy and weedy areas, according to the University of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture Department. Eliminate brush piles and weedy areas that may encourage rabbits to set up shop on your property. Rabbits typically stay within the same 20-acre area throughout their lives as long as their food sources and habitat remain unchanged. Disrupt the comforts of home and rabbits may very well move on to harass someone else.


Put up fences around areas that you wish to protect from rabbit damage. Placing a fence around your garden may not always be the most convenient solution for rabbit control, but it is certainly effective. If the rabbit can't get to your plants then they definitely can't damage them. In addition, this may be a sufficient disruption in food supply to cause rabbits to search for other places to live.

Dried Blood Repellant

Use dried blood fertiliser to make a repellent that will keep rabbits away from your plants, according to It doesn't sound like an appealing recipe, but this solution will keep rabbits (and deer) away from an area effectively. Slaughterhouses sell a by-product known as blood meal or dried blood that is used as an organic fertiliser. Mix 1/2 tbsp of this fertiliser into 1 gallon of water and spray the solution on your plants or around the perimeter of a garden or flower bed to keep rabbits out.

Manure Repellant

Use cow manure to effectively to control rabbits, according to This may be the least desirable remedy to create for repelling rabbits, but it works great as a perimeter treatment. Collect cow manure from the pasture and place it in a bucket. Use a garden hose and run water into the bucket and stir the manure with the water until it becomes a soupy consistency. Use this manure repellent by pouring it directly over the plants you wish to protect, or pour a perimeter line around an area to keep rabbits out. Perimeter treatments such as manure and dried blood can be supplemented by the planting of marigolds around the perimeter as well, as these flowers are known to be undesirable to rabbits.

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Lee Morgan is a fiction writer and journalist. His writing has appeared for more than 15 years in many news publications including the "Tennesseean," the "Tampa Tribune," "West Hawaii Today," the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" and the "Dickson Herald," where he was sports editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.