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Rabbit Control & Poison

Updated November 21, 2016

According to United Wildlife Control, rabbits are long-eared, puffy-tailed animals that are random eaters found throughout the world. This mammal belongs to the order Lagomorpha can reproduce at a fast rate and are able to live in rural and urban environments as long as foods are plentiful.

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Environment Damage

Year round, rabbits damage landscape plants, vegetables, trees, shrubs and flowers, according to the University of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture.

Phosphorised Pollard

During the mid 1890s, Australia introduced phosphoresced pollard, a wheat bran, as a year round poison for rabbit control. Unfortunately, the poison also attracted livestock and farmers had to be careful where they laid it.


The most successful marketed poison to control rabbits was Toxa. It required no mixing, easy to spread and easily attracted rabbits. It was more expensive than other poisons, so other options had to be considered.


A registered rabbit poison, pindone comes in two forms, powder and liquid. Both are applied to bait material such as carrots or oats, according to the Department of Primary Industries.

Bisulphide of Carbon

Although used as early as 1879, bisulphide of carbon, a poisonous gas, became popular in the 20th century to eliminate rabbits. Machines pump the gas or spray liquid into rabbit burrows.

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About the Author

Diana Beall
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