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Keeping Rabbits Out of Your Garden

I’ve decided that rabbits are nature’s most damaging force of all! Worse than frost or strong winds, those “cute” bunnies can mow down an entire row of beans in one night. And they just keep coming back!

Like me, you’ve probably tried lots of crazy rabbit-proof gardening methods to keep rabbits out of your garden. Planting marigolds near the veggies? Sprinkling baby powder around the perimeter? Nothing really works! A couple years ago, I even put a four-foot high wire fence around my whole garden. That was keeping the rabbits out of my garden, but was not the most attractive addition to my backyard. Plus it was a hassle to put up, mow around and store all winter. There had to be a better way to repel rabbits from my garden!

Things have changed around here thanks to DeFence! This wonder spray has really helped to repel rabbits from my garden! It’s made from all-natural ingredients; completely organic and safe for all my veggies and flowers; and one application lasts for almost three months. Best of all, the critters hate it. So no more weird remedies or ugly fences for me. I just spray and they stay away!

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16 Comments

  • Catherine Barker

    I like your web site please continue to send me tips!

    • 4:08 pm - August 23, 2011

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    • Havahart®

      We’re glad to hear that, Catherine! We appreciate your interest in our Community.

      -Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 12:42 pm - August 31, 2011

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  • Pegi Spencer

    Good thing I haven’t planted a Garden, for the last 2yrs.Cause of health problems. Behind me is miles & miles of hills, with a few Ranches. We had all kinds of ‘Wild’ live, even with the building of the HUGE houses, some manged to hang on, for awile. With new owers came ‘pets’ as easy meals, as a ‘Rescue’ group we had meetings, posted fliers, warning everyone of the dangers to their pets. Many didn’t belive us & we saw more & more signs of ‘Lost’ pets, now we see a few a month.
    Rabbits started coming into our yard, they were so cute, we started feeding them, sorry ‘Julie’. Maybe next yr. I’ll plant a Garden, thanks for your tip, does it work for ‘squirrels’ also? We have so many of them around, on both sides are huge ‘Pine’ Trees, they eat the cones & drop them on your head..LOL. This yr. they got al of our ‘Peaches’ & ‘Apicorts’, I even watched them stealing every last one, the ‘Brats.
    Does anyone have tips on wild Rabbits,we’ve been feeding them ‘pellets’ & carrots. A Lady from a comapany that sold all kinds of food, said that, ‘carrots’ wern’t good for Rabbits, she also wanted me to buy ‘her’ food that was very expenisive. I told her over & over ‘they are Wild Rabbits’, she keep pushing her co.’s food. I feed my dogs & cats ‘Premium’ food, but $7.00 a lb. for wild Rabbits, is more then I can afford. I’v tryed other ‘greens & fruit’ some they eat, some they don’t. We have 5 Dessert Tortises,,, I share what I pick up with both of them.
    Thenks for your ‘Traps’ our Rescue Group have used them to trap & spay, many ‘Feral cats’, for yrs.

    • 6:36 pm - September 7, 2011

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Pegi!

      Sounds like you live in a beautiful place and have a ton of wildlife around your place! We’re happy to hear you’re warning your neighbors about the dangers to pets and using the traps to have feral cats spayed and neutered. Great to hear! We’d love to see some photos of the area! Feel free to share them on the “Share” tab of this community.

      As for your squirrel issue: DeFence is typically successful in repelling both rabbits and deer. If squirrels are the nuisance animal in your yard, we’d suggest using some Critter Ridder to keep them away from any areas they are disturbing. You can learn more about squirrels and how to repel them in our Critter Library.

      We wish you the best of luck with all that wildlife!
      – Your friends at Havahart®

      • 12:13 pm - September 8, 2011

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  • Marcia Mieritz

    What is your “wonder spray” you use to keep those siilly wabbits out of your flower garderns?

    • 9:29 pm - June 29, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Marcia,

      We offer DeFence® repellent for rabbits in either granule or liquid spray form. You can find this “wonder spray” on our website, here: http://www.havahart.com/ourbrands/defence or in retailers across the U.S. DeFence® uses putrescent egg, a natural repellent for rabbits, to remove them from your garden.

      Good luck!

      ~Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 9:34 am - July 2, 2012

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  • Nicole

    is this defence product available in canada?

    • 12:53 pm - July 5, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Nicole,

      DeFence is currently unavailable in Canada. We have started offering our live traps in Canada, which are denoted by an ‘Available in Canada’ tag on our website. Products without this information are unavailable.

      Thanks for your interest in our repellent products!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 8:45 am - July 6, 2012

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  • Kathy

    My rabbit problem is that they come under our fence and get in our back yard. I have a pug that just loves the little “treats” they leave behind. Now he has hook worms. I bought some repellant hangs on the fence last year but the dogs kept licking it. I need something that I can spray or pour around the outside of the fence that will keep the rabbits out. Will the Defence work for this purpose. We have about a 250′ fence to protect.

    • 12:43 pm - March 1, 2013

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Kathy,

      We’re sorry to hear about your rabbit problem! Because you have such a large area to cover, we’d actually suggest our Deer Off® repellent vs. the DeFence® as you can purchase it in larger amounts (http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/df25ct) and is able to be used with our spray bottle to apply it to a large area (http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/do48rtub). Spraying the perimeter of your fence with Deer Off® will deter the rabbits from crossing the perimeter due to certain scents in the repellent which the rabbit associates with a dead animal.

      Best of luck!

      Thank you!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 12:58 pm - March 1, 2013

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  • Christi T

    Lettuces and beans in my veg garden get decimated by the bunnies that are so cute in the grass. DeFence says “safe around vegetables” but I don’t see more explanation of that. The testimonials are all about flower gardens. Is it safe if sprayed directly on lettuces, beans and other edibles? Is it consistent with organic gardening practices? Does the “putrescent egg” forumla also drive the gardener, kids and guests away … far away?

    • 12:29 am - March 5, 2013

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Christi,

      Great questions! Our DeFence® rabbit repellent is OMRI-listed, fully organic, and safe for all plants, flowers and vegetables. It gives off a strong putrescent egg scent for rabbits, but is odorless to humans, effectively keeping them out of your lettuce and beans! http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/rabbit

      Thank you!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 10:09 am - March 5, 2013

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  • Kevin

    My problem is that rabbits come from next door and use my backyard for a maternity ward? What to do?

    • 1:04 pm - June 2, 2014

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Kevin! Once the rabbits leave their nest, we would recommend using our DeFence® Rabbit & Deer Repelling Pellets! You’ll be able to apply the pellets to the perimeter of your yard, discouraging other rabbits from nesting and invading your property.

      DeFence® Rabbit and Deer Repelling Pellets contain the highest concentration of the deterrent putrescent egg on the market, as well as 49.5% dried blood, providing dual scent protection. The putrescent egg scent effectively simulates the smell of a dead animal, alerting the rabbit or deer that a predator may be nearby, which in turn, causes them to flee immediately from the area.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions! You can reach us on here, on Facebook or by calling our dedicated customer care team at 855-5-HAVAHART. Thank you!

      • 11:07 am - June 6, 2014

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      • L Foster

        My problem with most anti-rabbit treatments is my large dog that seems to think that any with blood or smelly stuff in it is food. Do you know if defense is safe for dogs to lick or eat? I try to keep him away but so far in my experience natural items seem to not keep dogs away from eating them . I appreciate your advice.

        • 1:47 pm - May 2, 2015

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        • Havahart®

          Thanks for your question! Made from all-natural ingredients, DeFence is Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listed and USDA approved for use in organic gardening, Because it’s EPA registered, you can feel confident using this product around children and household pets. However, we would not recommend allowing your dog to ingest it – one option would be to place DeFence® granules around the perimeter of your property that your dog likely can’t access.

          • 2:53 pm - May 6, 2015

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