10 Scents That Rabbits Hate (and How to Use Them) - Pest Pointers (2023)

While rabbits are cute when you spot one hopping through the woods or in someone’s backyard, they’re much less adorable when in your garden, eating the plants, flowers, and shrubs you’ve painstakingly grown from scratch. So, what can be done to keep these cute little flower eaters at bay?

Rabbits have a strong sense of smell, which they use to find accessible food sources. You can take advantage of this trait by using scents they dislike, such as garlic, vinegar, chili powder, predator urine, sulfur, blood meal, chives, lavender, geraniums, and wax begonias.

Read on to learn more about what smells rabbits hate and how you can use them, as well as other tips and tricks to get those pesky furballs to stop eating your plants!

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Why Do We Need To Repel Rabbits?

It may be cute to watch a little bunny hop and frolic through your garden. Still, it will be markedly less attractive when they’ve eaten a few of the plants you’ve been working hard at maintaining all season.

So, unless you’ve turned your yard into a wildlife sanctuary, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to keep rabbits far away from all the plants, flowers, and shrubs you’ve spent so much time and effort on.

The most common solution that gardeners use to fend off rabbits is to use unpleasant smells to make them want to stay away. This is not only an easy do-it-yourself solution, but it’s repeatable over and over again.

Simply put, we’re going to “smell them away”!

While it may depend on what kind of scent you are using, typically with the “smell them away” method, you are simply spraying or otherwise applying the scent to the area around your garden or flowerbeds. Make sure whatever scent you are applying is a strong odor, and if you are using a spray bottle, make sure you are spraying the soil around the plants, not the air!

Now that we know what to do, your next question may be: why is this method so effective?

Why Do Rabbits Hate Certain Smells?

Why does this work? Well, mainly because rabbits have an extremely sharp sense of smell, like many wild animals, and are easily deterred by seemingly unpleasant smells and tastes. Rabbits noses’ are extremely sensitive, mainly why you frequently see rabbits constantly twitching their little sniffers in the air.

Basically, this is how they scent out potential predators. While this skill helps keep them aware of their surroundings, it also makes the membranes inside their nostrils incredibly sensitive and easily irritated.

Because a rabbit’s nose is so sensitive, they won’t want to hang out or chow down in an area that’s full of unpleasant smells. While predator scents will scare them away (we’ll go over that in a moment), most other odors will “annoy” them away more than scare them.

Think of it this way. If you walked into a restaurant looking for a buffet meal, but the entire establishment smelled strongly of rotting eggs, you most likely wouldn’t want to eat there, correct? Well, the same applies to rabbits. If they pick up a scent that is unpleasant or irritating to them, they’ll hardly want to stay and sample the buffet you call your garden.

So, what smells do rabbits hate so much? Let’s take a look at that next.

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A quick note on using scents to repel rabbits. Naturally, scents need to be reapplied periodically in order to repel our furry friends, especially after heavy rainfall. Use common sense on if a certain smell needs to be reapplied often (usually 1-2 times a week depending on how strong the scent naturally is or what product you have.)

Garlic Keeps Rabbits Away

Garlic’s sharp, pungent aroma may smell great to you when it’s being cooked in your favorite pasta sauce, but for rabbits, it’s a major turn-off.

You can use a simple pre-made garlic spray or easily make your own by mixing some with a few raw eggs and pouring the mixture around your plants and garden. It’s pretty common to add mint to this concoction to make it even less appealing for rabbits. Yuck!

If you don’t like the thought of having to mix this yourself, take a peek at the Safer Brand Critter Ridder: Deer and Rabbit Repellent. It’s formulated with a base mix of putrescent whole egg solids, capsaicin, and garlic, which are actually three of the individual scents we talk about on this list!

Generally, it’s best to go with pre-formulated products because you’re getting an already tested product that others have used as well, rather than seeing if you got your mix or concentrations right.

Rabbits Hate Vinegar

Like garlic, vinegar’s sharp smell is a powerful rabbit deterrent. If you are looking at using this home remedy, simply dilute some white rice vinegar in a spray bottle of water, and spray it liberally in the area surrounding your plants.

Many farmers also swear by soaking corncobs in vinegar and placing them near the targeted areas, as the corncobs will make the scent last a bit longer. While it may make your garden smell like a bag of salt and vinegar chips, it’ll keep the rabbits away!

Make sure that you don’t spray vinegar directly on your plants, as it can cause them to wilt. You’ll want to spray this around the perimeter of your plants, squarely away from their roots.

Sprinkle Chili Powder Around Plants

Ahh yes. Good ol’ fashioned chili powder. Makes you want a spicy bowl of chili right now, yes? OK maybe not.

Sorry, a bit hungry while writing this. Back to repelling rabbits from your garden!

Chili powder works similar to how hot sauce would by irritating and inflaming the membranes in a rabbit’s sensitive nose. Sprinkling chili flakes around the base of your peonies and other garden flowers are quick, easy, and effective.

Basically, chili powder has an active ingredient called capsaicin that does all the irritating we mentioned. If you’ve ever taken a big whiff of raw quality grade chili powder, you’ll know what I’m talking about here.

Try looking out for a bulk bag of chili powder at your local wholesale store and spread the mix around your garden 1-2 times a week to keep the scent at it’s peak.

Predator Scents: Scare Rabbits Away

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Like we mentioned before, rabbits have such sensitive noses so they can sniff out potential predators. A rabbit’s natural predators are mainly coyotes, bobcats, lynxes, and wolves in the wild. So, another common repellent for rabbits would be to purchase one of these animals’ urine and spread it amongst your flowers and other plants (not directly on the plants, of course.)

While it may not smell appealing to you either, these scents will undoubtedly make rabbits do a triple take before even thinking about venturing into your yard.

When picking a scent, make sure you choose one that will be a natural predator to the rabbits in your area. While the urine of any predator will increase your chances of repelling rabbits, if they aren’t familiar with the scent in your area, it may not do you any good.

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Let’s take a closer look at some predator scents and where they live:


Coyotes, like bobcats, are found all over the continent. However, they mainly appear in the Southern part of the United States.

So if you live in the Southeast or Southwest, coyote urine may be an excellent go-to for scaring rabbits away.

Since they’re found all over, its a good bet to use coyote urine instead of one of the other predator scents, as there’s a very good chance that an intruding rabbit will know what the presence of a coyote seems like.

One of the more reputable coyote urines on the market is PredatorPee Original Coyote Urine. It comes with scent tags, so you can spray the tag itself and place it nearby your plants, where the smell itself will last a bit longer being infused with the tag.


Bobcats are native to North America and can appear anywhere from Northern Canada down to Florida. In essence: if you live in the United States, bobcat urine an excellent way to keep rabbits away!


Lynxes are also native to North America but are typically found in the northern parts of the continent. So, it would be best to use this scent if you live above the Mason-Dixon line, in the mountains, or in a place that routinely gets cold.


Wolves are typically found in similar places as lynxes: cold, mountainous, or in a more northern area, particularly the Northwest parts of the United States or Canada. Wolf urine is also the hardest to find, so most people opt for using lynx or bobcat urine instead.

Rabbits Dislike Sulfur

You can find dried sulfur at most garden supply stores, and it is easy to sprinkle around the base of your plants. Again, the strong scent of sulfer here is the key.

Sulfur mimicks the scent of rotten eggs (mentioned in the garlic section) which rabbits despise due to their sensitive noses.

If you go the sulfur route, just make sure that if you have a dog, you are keeping them away from where you spread the sulfur- they will want to sniff and potentially dig in those areas!

Blood Meal to Deter Rabbits

Blood meal or rather, dried blood. is an excellent option because it also acts as a natural fertilizer for your plants, adding healthy nitrogen to the soil. In

Like sulfur, be sure to keep dogs away from the area you’ve spread blood meal around. While rabbits may not enjoy the smell or taste, dogs love it!

In an article published on Michigan State University Extension, its stated that while dried blood can infact be used to repel rabbits (along with deer), the blood will lose its effectiveness after a rainfall and will need to be reapplied.

If you’re interested in taking a look at a quality blood meal product for your plants, take a look at Burpee Organic Blood Meal Fertilizer, which Is ideal for leafy garden vegetables!

The Scent of Chives Repels Rabbits

Since chives are such a strong-smelling plant, using this herb to repel rabbits is always a brilliant idea. The scent irritates the sensitive sinus of rabbits quite quickly.

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Rabbits from yards away can quickly scent the sharp odor emanating from chives, similar to the pungent smell of garlic. Better yet, once the gardening season is over, you can harvest the chives and use them in your cooking, so once again, it’s a win-win for you.

Rabbits Hate Lavender

While we mentioned before how rabbits are connoisseurs of almost every plant and flower, there are a few flowers that rabbits turn their noses up at, for whatever reason.

Lavender, happens to be one of them.

A more flower-friendly option to spraying an artificial scent would be to plant a large crop of lavender next to your peonies. While humans may enjoy the calming scent of lavender, rabbits despise lavender due to the strong scent and bitter irritation it provides to them.

Positioning lavender near your affected plants is a win-win. You get to enjoy the look and aroma of the fresh lavender, and it will keep those pesky fur balls out!

Geranium Keeps Rabbits Away

Geranium is another scent and taste that rabbits don’t like. Considering one of the most popular candles and perfume scents is geranium, it’s clear humans do not feel the same way. Most people love the smell and look of a batch of fresh geraniums in their garden, so planting some to ward off rabbits is definitely a win-win!

Rabbits Dislike Wax Begonias

Wax begonias tend to be a little more uncommon in gardens than geraniums or lavender. Still, they are another beautiful plant that rabbits simply turn their noses up at! Mainly, it’s due to the texture and again, the strong scent of the plant itself.

Plant a crop of these near your rabbit-friendly plants, and it will help keep them at bay. However, do note that the scent of begonias is more likely to be pungent on sunny days, so you may not get as strong of rabbit repelling scent on those cloudy, overcast days.

Incase you aren’t sold on begonias, geranium or lavender plants, here are a few other plants that rabbits don’t enjoy the smell or taste of:

  • Catmint
  • Snapdragons
  • Allium
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Foxglove

All of the above are plants that rabbits typically choose not to eat in the wild. However, since some of these plants do not carry strong odors themselves, we don’t recommend using these alone to keep rabbits away from your lawn. While they may not eat these particular plants, they may simply eat around them.

That being said, you really only need to plant these flowers if you enjoy the look of them, or as an extra buffer against rabbits, after utilizing another solution.

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Here’s a little bonus that you can and SHOULD try out – not using a scent at all.

OK, just let me clarify. You should definitely use scents to deter rabbits, but there are other things that you can do to your property that will help deter rabbits and other pesky critters in the long run.

Used in conjunction with some of the scents we mentioned above, you can essentially rabbit proof your yard for the long haul with ease.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Since rabbits are known not only for their noses but also their wild hopping skills, installing a fence may seem like a futile effort.

According to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program, cottontail rabbits and bush rabbits won’t be able to jump a two-foot-tall fence (a jackrabbit may be able to, but most likely will only do so if being chased by a dog.)

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Basically, as long as you install a fence that is taller than two feet, you should be good! While this is a very effective solution, it is also time-consuming. It may affect the esthetic look of your garden.

Make sure that when you get fencing, you get a quality, galvanized mesh fence and install it at least 2 feet to keep rabbits out.

Get A Dog!

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get a dog, here’s one! As we previously mentioned, rabbits have a powerful sense of smell and are wary of other animal’s urine.

So if your dog pees anywhere in your yard, rabbits will smell it!

Since dogs are not natural predators of rabbits, the urine alone will not have the same effect as the lynx or coyote urine we discussed earlier. However, they will be able to smell that another animal is living in the yard, and that alone may help scare them away.

The noise a dog makes will be the other significant indicator to a rabbit that another animal now lives in your yard. Aside from barking, dogs will sniff, grumble, and make noise as they tromp through your yard. Often those noises will help scare any potential rabbit invaders away.

Get Rid of Low Hanging Brush

If your yard is filled with low-to-the-ground shrubs, sprawling moss or clover, or other low-hanging, creeping plants, this makes it prime rabbit territory.

Since rabbits do most of their foraging during dawn and dusk, they prefer to head towards places they can easily stay hidden from coyotes, lynxes, foxes, and other animals that may see them as a tasty snack.

Naturally, one of the solutions to getting rid of rabbits is to get rid of the places they like to hide and making them not want to venture into your yard in the first place.

If your yard doesn’t have a proper spot for a rabbit to snack in peace, it’s less likely that they will choose your garden to be their new favorite lunch spot. While this may mean getting rid of some plants you like, the payoff for your garden may be worthwhile.

Wrapping it Up!

Hopefully, your flowers and plants will be rabbit proof after utilizing one or a few of the above suggestions.

There is a reason why “smelling them away” remains the most popular solution amongst gardeners, it can be a quick an effecitve strategy to keeping rabbits away from your plants and making your harvest (or just your flowers) all the more fruitful.

However, if you find that using scents to repel rabbits isn’t for you, for whatever reason, be sure to utilize one of our other options! No matter what, you deserve a rabbit-free, thriving garden.

So, your next step is to figure out what solution works best for you, and then get to work! Whether it smells, a fence, or even adding a new furry friend to your family, you are well on your way to having a wonderful, rabbit-free garden.


Johnson, W. V. (1964, March). Rabbit control. In Proceedings of the 2nd Vertebrate Pest Control Conference (1964) (p. 15).

Henke, S. E. (1995, April). Effects of coyote control on their prey: a review. In Symposium Proceedings–Coyotes in the Southwest: A Compendium of Our Knowledge (1995) (p. 27).

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Sullivan, T. P., Nordstrom, L. O., & Sullivan, D. S. (1985). Use of predator odors as repellents to reduce feeding damage by herbivores. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 11(7), 903-919.

Williams, S. C., & Short, M. R. (2014). Evaluation of eight repellents in deterring eastern cottontail herbivory in Connecticut. Human–Wildlife Interactions, 8(1), 12.


What scent will keep rabbits away? ›

Try sprinkling dried sulfur around or on your plants. Rabbits also dislike the smell of onions, so try planting these around your garden to further deter the furry creatures. To discourage pesky rabbits, try dusting your plants with plain talcum powder.

What is the best homemade rabbit repellent? ›

To make this rabbit repellent, first fill a one gallon container, such as a milk jug, with water. Crush 5 garlic cloves and add then to the water. Add a teaspoon of crushed red peppers and 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Shake the container very well and then place in outdoors in the direct sun for two days.

Does cinnamon keep rabbits away? ›

Simply sprinkle some cinnamon around the perimeter of your garden or wherever you don't want rabbits to go. The strong smell of cinnamon will deter rabbits from entering the area. Plus, it's a safe and humane way to keep rabbits away from your garden or home.

What can you spray to get rid of rabbits? ›

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  • Repellex Deer & Rabbit Repellent Original.
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Does Irish Spring soap keep rabbits away? ›

Irish Spring soap repels mammal pests, such as mice, rabbits, and deer. It does not repel insect pests. And it does not always eliminate pests completely, however, many have reported amazing results. It's certainly worth a shot.

What material do rabbits hate? ›

Common rabbit deterrents include home remedies like sprinkling plants with red pepper, garlic and onion powder, or talcum powder. It's always a good idea to alternate repellents so that the rabbits do not get used to any scent or flavor.

Do moth balls keep away rabbits? ›

We have found that putting moth balls around and in the garden to help with the deer and rabbits eating our plants. We put them in the rows, between the plants and the smell keeps them out of the garden.

Is there a spray to keep rabbits away? ›

Nature's Mace Deer & Rabbit Repellent 40-Ounce Spray

It uses a mix of garlic, putrescent egg solids, white pepper, and peppermint oil in a formula that repels using both taste and scent. To use, simply spray it around the base of plants. The 40-ounce bottle is enough to treat up to 1,400 square feet.

Does baking soda keep rabbits away? ›

Arm & Hammer TM Baking Soda will help keep rabbits away from your plants. “Sprinkle baking soda around your vegetable garden. Make a thin but visible ring of baking soda around each plant. This will dissuade rabbits from nibbling on them.

Does coffee get rid of rabbits? ›

Will coffee grounds keep rabbits away? Sprinkling coffee grounds among your plants may help to ward off rabbits and other small mammals due to coffee's powerful scent. Plus, it composts naturally over time, giving your plants some extra nutrients!

How do I get rid of unwanted rabbits? ›

The usual household ammonia will do the trick just fine, and gardeners see it as a suitable method of getting rid of rabbits from their yards. Dip some strips of clothes into undiluted ammonia, and place them on the usual paths the rabbits use to access your yard.

Does garlic get rid of rabbits? ›

Rabbits dislike the smell of garlic. This clip is filled with it, so it may help save this young plant from being eaten.

What will poison rabbits? ›

Likewise buttercups, foxgloves, primrose, delphiniums/larkspur, columbine (aquilegia) hellebore, comfrey, poppy, periwinkle, monkshood, rhubarb, nightshade, ivy, privet, holly and yew are all reasonably common garden plants and all are toxic.

What is bitter spray for rabbits? ›

Bitter Apple is a non toxic chew deterrent. Simply spray onto the problem area and the bitter taste will help discourage small animals from licking, gnawing and chewing. Suitable for dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets.

How do I get rid of rabbits without harming my dog? ›

Choose a commercial rabbit repellent.

Commercial rabbit repellents can repel rabbits and are long-lasting and effective. The best commercial rabbit repellents will pay attention to the safety of your dog and other pets. These repellents may contain capsaicin (pepper), garlic, and onion.

Why should you scatter soap in your yard? ›

It allows us to preserve beneficial insects in the garden. It also means that not every insect will be bothered by soap. Small, soft-bodied insects are the best candidates for management with soapy water. Aphids, whiteflies, thrips, and mites are all good candidates for soapy water sprays.

Do marigolds keep rabbits away? ›

An edging of marigolds may deter rabbits. Plant deterrents. Onions, garlic, marigolds, lavender, catnip-many plants are credited with being deterrents to rabbits. What they all have in common is a strong scent.

What are rabbits worst enemies? ›

  • red fox.
  • feral cat.
  • wild dogs and dingoes.
  • goannas.
  • large birds of prey such as wedge-tailed eagle.
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What do rabbits hate about humans? ›

Most rabbits absolutely hate being held. The experience of having all four feet off the ground and being trapped in someone's arms can make a rabbit really scared. If your primary way of interacting with a rabbit is to pick them up, then they will start to run away from you whenever you come near, to avoid being held.

What flower keeps rabbits away? ›

Plants that rabbits dislike include lavender, penstemon, artemesia, hyssop, sages, shasta daisy, gaillardia, common butterfly bush, blue mist spirea and columbine.

How do farmers keep rabbits away? ›

By far, a fence is the most reliable method for keeping rabbits out of your garden. Poultry fencing is relatively inexpensive and flexible – giving you the option of creating a barrier around the entire garden or surrounding each individual plant. Hardware cloth, bird netting, and other materials can be used too.

Will rubber snakes keep rabbits away? ›

Life-like fake plastic snakes work magic at keeping many wildlife pests out of your fruit and vegetable crops. placed in the garden can scare away rabbits and birds much better than a scarecrow.

Do hair clippings keep rabbits away? ›

Spread human hair around the garden. In addition to deterring rabbits, the hair will break down into good fertilizer. Simply ask a hair salon for a bag of cut hair [source: Utt]. Plant clover or plantain weeds near your garden, as rabbits will prefer these to your vegetables [source: Utt].

What essential oils keep rabbits away? ›

Mint and peppermint essential oils are good choices, as are lemon balm and rosemary. You can buy essential oils or make your own. Just can place three to five drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball and place it on the ground by the plants you wish to protect from rabbits.

Can you use hydrogen peroxide on rabbits? ›

Small shallow wounds may be cleaned with a clean cotton or gauze pad and some Betadine (may also use Peroxide, but never in deep cuts or punctures!).

What does salt do to rabbits? ›

Salt is important for a rabbit's nerves, muscles, and fluid regulation. So, all rabbits need to get enough salt. More often than not, your rabbit does not need a salt lick, though. That is, provided that it is fed the right diet.

Is vinegar good for rabbits? ›

We add apple cider vinegar to our rabbits water for many health benefits. We recommend you do as well! One reason we use ACV is because it contains essential vitamins and minerals that increase the overall health of our buns. AVC is known to prevent urinary tract infections and helps keep their HP levels regulated.

What does milk do to rabbits? ›

Since bunnies are lactose intolerant they cannot digest milk and bunnies cannot vomit. It means that if you feed milk to your bunny he or she will not be able to digest it or get it out of their system through vomit. Due to this, it can cause gastrointestinal (GI) issues in their stomach.

What animal eats rabbits at night? ›

What Kills Rabbits at Night?
  • Foxes. ...
  • Cats, including pet cats and bobcats. ...
  • Dogs, wolves, and coyotes. ...
  • Raccoons and badgers, which are nocturnal and hunt at night.
  • Birds of prey, such as hawks, falcons, kestrels, and owls. ...
  • Weasels and stoats. ...
  • Large snakes, such as gopher snakes and some rattlesnakes.
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How do you catch a nuisance rabbit? ›

The best bait for rabbits includes brussel sprouts, carrots, lettuce and apples; you can also spray the inside of the trap with apple cider. Unusual rabbit baiting tips include crumbling up cheesy biscuits and placing them inside the trap.

How do I get rid of rabbits in my garden completely? ›

There are various sprays and remedies that are often recommended to deter rabbits. Your chances of success with things like human hair, mothballs or garlic are remote. However Vitax Rabbit Repellent is an effective deterrent, especially around newly planted vulnerable crops.

What Herb keeps rabbits away? ›

Plants that keep rabbits away
  • marigolds – planted all around your garden will create a rabbit barrier (they hate the smell of the marigolds)
  • spicy globe basil – keep the bunnies out and make lots of pesto throughout the summer.
  • Christmas basil also works well.
  • onions.
  • leeks.
  • lavender.
  • mint.
  • oregano.
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What does rat poison do to rabbits? ›

When Rabbits Ingest Rat Poison. If a rabbit eats certain rat poisons, the blood will not clot properly (coagulopathy). This is a relatively common type of poisoning in rabbits, as many of these rat poisons are sold over the counter and widely used in homes.

What is the best poison for rabbits? ›

Pindone is one of the more widely used poisons for rabbit control as while rabbits are particularly susceptible to Pindone, non-target species such as cats and dogs are five to six times more resistant and humans are 100 times more resistant.

What is the most common cause of death in rabbits? ›

It is clear from these results that teeth problems and digestive upsets are the two major killers of rabbits that die prematurely.

What tastes bad to bunnies? ›

If your rabbit chews the carpet, some rabbits will dislike the taste of bitter sprays for pets, hot pepper sauce or flakes, vinegar, or rubbed-in Ivory soap, but they can be a hit and miss. Some bunnies will not care or even love the taste.

What can I spray on furniture to stop rabbits from chewing? ›

You can try applying a bitter apple spray (available at most pet stores) on inappropriate items that your rabbit likes to chew.

What does roundup do to rabbits? ›

According to a toxicity study from the EPA, pregnant rats and rabbits exposed to high doses of glyphosate gained weight, had nasal discharge, or died. Other studies showed kidney effects, digestive effects, and problems gaining weight in animals.

Will coffee grounds repel rabbits? ›

Will coffee grounds keep rabbits away? Sprinkling coffee grounds among your plants may help to ward off rabbits and other small mammals due to coffee's powerful scent. Plus, it composts naturally over time, giving your plants some extra nutrients!

Does vinegar keep rabbits away? ›

But don't run to the store for repellant just yet—vinegar is an easy way to deter rabbits from stealing your veggies! Simply soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and place it in a small jar or canister with holes poked in the lid. Place these around the garden, and the vinegar scent will help to keep the rabbits at bay.

Do moth balls deter bunnies? ›

We have found that putting moth balls around and in the garden to help with the deer and rabbits eating our plants. We put them in the rows, between the plants and the smell keeps them out of the garden.

Do rabbits hate the smell of peppermint? ›

Actually, Rabbits do not like the smell of peppermint.To help keep rabbits out of garden areas, put 2-3 drops of Young Living Peppermint Oil on a cotton ball or piece of fabric. Then, put them around your garden to keep them away from the area.

Will human urine keep rabbits away? ›

Apart from working as a fertilizer, urine also works as a natural animal repellent due to its smell. Diluted urine can be applied near plants; it is unnoticeable to humans, but it deters away animals that eat plants like rabbits and deer.

What flower do rabbits hate? ›

Plants that rabbits dislike include lavender, penstemon, artemesia, hyssop, sages, shasta daisy, gaillardia, common butterfly bush, blue mist spirea and columbine.

What does baking soda do to rabbits? ›

"Sodium bicarbonate is used as an emetic (to induce vomiting) because it produces tremendous amounts of gas when it hits the acidic stomach. Humans can vomit, but rabbits cannot. So there is the very real risk of stomach rupture if the bunny ingests enough to generate too much for the volume of the stomach.

What taste do rabbits hate? ›

If your rabbit chews the carpet, some rabbits will dislike the taste of bitter sprays for pets, hot pepper sauce or flakes, vinegar, or rubbed-in Ivory soap, but they can be a hit and miss. Some bunnies will not care or even love the taste.

Will 2 inch chicken wire keep out rabbits? ›

The best way to prevent rabbit damage is to exclude them from your garden using fencing. Use a 2-foot tall chicken wire fence with the bottom buried 2 to 3 inches deep. The wire should have holes that measure 1 inch or smaller.

What keeps rabbits and squirrels away? ›

Deter Furry Visitors

Black-eyed susans, aster, lupine, coreopsis and purple coneflower planted among, or bordering, vegetable crops help repel deer, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. Alliums, such as nodding wild onion, and plants in the mint family, such as mountain mint, can also do the trick.

Can scents hurt bunnies? ›

Their nasal membrane is very sensitive to ✨perfumes, chemicals and dust✨, and these agents can easily cause upper respiratory problems, and irritate their very small lungs. A lot of essential oils are also high in phenols which built-up over time can cause liver disease (in a similar manner as soft wood shavings).

Do eggshells keep rabbits away? ›

The egg shells sprinkled around them do wonders for preventing those cute furry fuzzballs from munching on the leaves. Rabbits dislike the smell of eggshells so they will avoid the area.

Do bunnies hate garlic? ›

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Rabbits generally know better than to eat garlic or onions, which can trigger severe anaphylactic reactions, and even deer seem to find these powerfully potent plants less than appealing.


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