While their domesticated cousins make adorable pets, Eastern Cottontail rabbits can be a menace to North Texas lawns and gardens alike.
Common problems with rabbits:
Eating plants/flowers in gardens
Attracting predators (Hawks, coyotes, bobcats, etc)
Rabbits are quite adorable when munching on grass in the forest but they are a lot less cute when they are chowing down on every plants on your property. These pests eat just about all vegetable matter, from grass to flowers to garden vegetables. They will eat entire plants whole, including the leaves, stem, and all. They will also eat fruit that has fallen from trees and berries from bushes. If it is plant matter, a rabbit will make a meal of it.
Rabbits make their nests burrows, holes dug deep into the ground. These holes typically have multiple entrances, holes at the surface of the ground in various places in the same area.The entrances to these can be at the base of trees, under decks, and sometimes in the middle of the grass. These holes throughout your yard can be unsightly and can become a tripping hazard.
Rabbit Removal and Prevention
Rabbits are prolific in North Texas neighborhood. While they typically don't cause any damage to homes, they can destroy gardens and flower beds overnight. When their numbers become overwhelming, it is best to contact a professional to survey the problem and determine the best solution.
Most solutions are best left to professionals who can assess possible problems. For example, live trapping with be an option for removing the animals from the area but in many cases, new rabbits will move in soon after. Filling in burrows with dirt or gravel is another common solution, however, if any animals or young are still in the burrow, they can be trapped with no way out. Professionals will be able to determine if animals are still in the burrow and remove them before filling it.
The best way to get rid of rabbits yourself is to prevent rabbits from being attracted to your yard. Make sure to maintain your lawn or backyard. Rabbits like to hide in/eat tall grass so mowing the grass frequently will reduce the appeal of your yard. Other yard maintenance can also help; removing unkempt firewood piles, trimming overgrown bushes, and, disposing of other organic debris will reduce the number of hiding places for rabbits, leading to less rabbit visitors. If rabbits are tearing up your garden, a simple fence made from chicken wire will keep them away from your produce. Do not use commercial repellents or poisons. Not only do these products not work but they are also toxic to the environment. They can end up poisoning animals other than rabbits such as song birds, pets, and can even be dangerous to children. They are also known to pollute nearby water sources.
If you the number of rabbits around your home is unbearable, don't hesitate to contact us. We can help determine what the problem is and offer a free estimate and/or inspection.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I buy a repellent or a sound emitter to drive them off?
A: No! While there are a number of chemical or urine based repellent on the market, they are only effective in specific circumstances and when used by professionals. Noise deterrents, or sonic sound emitters, also will not work. These devices are a scam. If animals are not bothered by the sounds of cars or people, they won't be bothered by sound emitters.
Q: Can't I just do it myself/have my handyman do it?
A: It's not advised. Wildlife can pose many dangers. Without proper protective gear, wild animals can attack and injure people or transfer diseases via fecal matter or bites/scratches. When trapping or exclusion are done improperly, it can lead to many problems down the road, such as animals being trapped inside walls/attic, other animals taking up residence, and, even worse damage to your home, which can lead to expensive bills down the road.
We take pride in every job we do. That's why we have a Lifetime Guarantee on all our repairs. Wildlife won't be able to get past our repairs, and if they somehow do, we will come back and make things right, for free. Don't put yourself or your family in danger. Leave wildlife removal to the professionals.