Most people love bunnies. They look so cute when they rub their faces and twitch their noses. But rabbits can be destructive too. They can dig up your flowerbeds and attack your veggie garden. But you probably don’t want to hunt them or kill them. You might not even want the hassle of trapping them. So let’s look at affordable ideas for an effective DIY rabbit repellent.
1. Organic Garden (DEER and RABBIT) Repellent –That Actually Works!!
Making organic pest repellents can sometimes feel like cooking because a lot of the stuff you use is from the pantry. And this lady’s deer repellent involves whisking duck eggs in a bucket. With an actual whisk! But her DIY rabbit repellent is simpler, and she says it works, so try it!
Basically, take a soda bottle. 2-litre or 3-liter bottles work well. Cut flaps on the sides of the bottle and fold them to create a makeshift fan. Plop the bottle on a stick. The reflections from the bottle plus the noise as the wind blows through it will scare any rabbits in the area.
2. Homemade Rabbit Repellent – Tips Bulletin
If you’re using a DIY rabbit repellent to keep wild bunnies from eating all your greens, the fix involves masking the taste and smell of your ripening fruits and veggies. Chili is a good way to do that, and garlic is as well. You could also install a fence made of netting or chicken wire.
In both cases, dig the fence deep enough (and raise it high enough) that the rabbits can’t burrow under it – or jump over it. Spray your plants with a repellent spray made by mixing some type of chili with raw eggs, water, milk, garlic, and dish soap. Don’t worry, it’ll wash off.
3. Keep Deer Rabbits Wood Chucks & Raccoons Out of Your Garden
If you grow herbs and have a population of wild rodents, you may notice they leave certain plants alone. These include chili, garlic, mint, lavender, and spicy peppers. Bell peppers don’t work because they have no kick. Plant these densely along the borders of your garden.
They work because bunnies, woodchucks, and raccoons start at the edges of the garden, so if this portion is unappealing, they won’t go deeper. Also, blend 2 handfuls of fresh mint in 4 cups of water and spray on your plants after it rains. The scent keeps most mammals away.
4. Make a Homemade Rabbit Repellent – Nature’s Mace
The reason eggs and milk repel rabbits is because they rot quickly and smell horrible. This pungent aroma will hide the sweet smell of tempting flowers and vegetables, so your garden will stop attracting rabbits. Bone meal and blood meal are equally unappealing to herbivores.
You can mix any of the above ingredients with dishwashing liquid in lukewarm water. The soap is filmy, so it helps your DIY rabbit repellent stick to the leaves of your plants. It also makes it easier to safely rinse the stuff off. Try adding a few spoons of tabasco to the mixture.
5. Prevent Rabbit Damage with Chicken Wire Cloches
When we keep pets, we tend to project our desires and preferences onto them. But lots of the things we love are barf-worthy to bunnies. Look through your pantry for essential oils like rosemary, lemongrass, thyme, and peppermint. Add a few drops to your chosen repellent.
Planting these herbs to keep wild rabbits away too. Repellent dust (e.g. bone meal and blood meal) are better for wet or snowy weather, while sprays work when the ground is dry. The bells here are store-bought, but you can make them at home with chicken wire and hangers.
6. Homemade Rabbit Repellents That are Stunningly Effective
When you’re using a DIY rabbit repellent, the focus is on the smell and the taste. One, you want aromas that hide the naturally inviting scent of your fruits and flowers. And two, you want flavors the bunnies dislike so if they nibble once, they won’t come back for seconds.
But rabbits can acclimate to the taste and smell, so try several different concoctions and rotate them from week to week. This article offers multiple recipes you can experiment with. They include garlic powder, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, eggs, milk, cayenne, and dish soap.
7. Homemade Rabbit Repellent – GreenScene SouthCoast
For this DIY rabbit-repellent recipe, you’ll need to raid your spice rack. Items of interest include paprika, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, sriracha, minced garlic, mustard, lime juice, lemon juice, and banana pepper rings. Put these in a pot and boil them for 20 minutes.
You could also choose to mix everything in a blender before adding them to boiling water. Let the concoction cool then sift out the solids and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. The longer you keep it, the more pungent and effective it is, so try waiting a few days before use.
8. How to Make Rabbit Repellent – Premeditated Leftovers
If you’ve ever looked up a recipe online, you may have noticed how much they downplay the garlic levels. But as any home cook knows, the more garlic, the better! And while this recipe isn’t for human consumption, five cloves seem conservative. More like five bulbs, amirite?!?
And you can add as much heat as you want since it will all wash off when the fruits or flowers are ready to pick. This recipe recommends 5 cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, a gallon of water, and a tablespoon of dish soap. Ferment it in the sun for 2 days before use.
9. Rabbit Repellent … The Smell of Death – Country Dirt Kid
Rotten eggs will keep most unwanted guests away – including human ones! So if you can stand the smell, and if your garden is far enough from the house – ideally downwind – then this DIY rabbit repellent is a treasure. You basically blend two eggs with a gallon of water.
Spraying this on your plants will keep rabbits away until they get used to the smell. So it can be helpful to alternate your DIY repellent sprays every week or two. Use the putrescent egg solids for one week, then use concentrated pepper extract for the next application. They work!
10. Homemade Rabbit Repellent Sprays
Homesteaders and country folk will sometimes pickle and preserve their herbs and veggies for practical purposes. Maybe you live off-grid and have limited electricity. As for urbanites, we use dried and bottled spices because they’re convenient and affordable. But there’s more!
These dried condiments are often more concentrated than fresh ones, so you only need a bit. But when you’re making a DIY rabbit repellent, fresh chili can be a blessing! For this spray, use 6 cayenne or jalapenos. Toss them in a blender with castile soap and 2 spoons of olive oil.
11. DIY Rabbit Repellent with Irish Spring Soap – Facts Verse
When you were little, your parents and guardians may have washed your mouth out with soap for swearing. And it turns out soap works against garden pests as well! Plus, why use nasty-smelling solutions when you can get one that smells so comforting – at least to you?
And it’s remarkably easy to make this DIY rabbit repellent. Grab some bars of Irish Soap and cut them into pieces. Stuff the blocks of soap in old socks or nylons, nail them to sticks and stake these soap sticks in the garden. The aroma keeps rabbits and bugs away for about a month.
12. Red Hot Rabbit Restraint – Back Yard Focus
As you scour the pantry or grocery store aisle to find ingredients for your DIY rabbit repellent, it helps to see red. The color usually means heat and danger, but in cooking (and pest control), red is good! This remedy uses 3 red bottles: tabasco, cayenne, and red pepper.
You can smell chili from a ways off, and bunnies can too. Mix the spices with water and soap then let the dish sit in the sun for three or four days. Strain out the crushed red pepper and pour the rabbit deterrent into a spray bottle. Sprinkle this rabbits-be-gone on your plants.
13. How to Make Pepper Spray Animal Repellent – Hollis & Nancy
You might have a quirky friend who adds milk powder to whole milk so they can get ‘more milks per milk.’ Or maybe you’ve seen those pasta sauces that use a mixture of crushed, canned, and fresh tomatoes plus tomato puree, sauce, and paste to maximize the flavor.
This is the approach Nancy and Hollis use for their DIY rabbit repellent. First, blend a dozen red chili peppers with a lot of garlic to make a slurry. Add powdered red pepper and boiling water. Double-strain the solution and spray it. Follow up by sprinkling red pepper powder.
14. Garlic Deterrent Drizzle – Back Yard Focus
You can tell we’re fans of garlic here, so we won’t be bothered by a garlicky garden. Especially if it makes our plants rabbit-free! So here’s another garlic-based DIY rabbit deterrent you can try. Get fresh garlic cloves and mix them with powdered cayenne pepper in a blender.
You want the mixture to sit in the sun for at least a day or two so it gets more concentrated. You also want to sift out any solids that may clog your spray bottle. You can use this spray to form a perimeter around your plants. It’s like a protective salt circle, but it’s made of chili!
15. An Amish Farmer Taught Me to Use Leggings to Protect my Crops
Some pest control experts suggest spraying coyote urine around the garden to deter rabbits. A nicer way is to plant a ring of scallions or onion bulbs along your garden’s perimeter to form some sort of herbal (de)fence. Or you could do like the Amish and glove your veggies!
This only works for fruits and tubers though, so you’ll still need a repellent spray for leaves and greens. Why does it work? Pet bunnies sometimes chew fabric when they’re restless, but wild rabbits have nutritious branches to chew, so they’ll leave your sheer pantyhose alone!
16. Rabbit Barrier Breakfast – Back Yard Focus
How do you like your eggs … spicy and scrambled? Bunnies don’t, so this DIY rabbit repellent relies on a tried and true breakfast recipe. And it’s not complicated. You just need a couple of eggs and your favorite brand of hot sauce. Tabasco bottles generally do the trick.
Break the eggs into a gallon of water. It’s okay if a bit of the shell gets in – it makes good fertilizer. Add some dish soap to help the spray adhere to the leaves, then top it off with tabasco. The smell gets worse with time and will scatter wild rabbits. Replenish every week.
17. Three Ways We Keep Deer and Rabbit OUT of the Garden
Soap doesn’t taste very nice. That’s probably why old-school parents use it to clean up their children’s potty mouths. And while many DIY rabbit repellents recommend Irish Spring, the secret isn’t in the brand. It’s in the tallow. Tallow is a type of animal fat, so herbivores hate it!
Earlier, we saw a method that involved tying the bars of soap in old socks. But you can also tie the soap in cheesecloth or medical gauze. Even better, use a potato peeler to slice soap shavings then sprinkle them around the garden borders. Any off-brand tallow soap will work.
18. DIY Garlic Oil Rabbit Deterrent – Hello Lidy
We’ve looked at a bunch of DIY rabbit repellents that involve garlic cloves or garlic plants. You can even add a bit of garlic powder to heighten the smell. And we’ve talked about adding essential oils to your bunny chasers. So here’s a solution that uses garlic oil for potency.
Because the oil is so concentrated, you only need a teaspoon or two. Mix it with water and dish soap so it disperses effectively. And the advantage is you won’t need to sift it. Other oils you can use in a repellent spray are linseed oil, lavender oil, lemon oil, or lime essential oil.
19. Homemade Wild Rabbit Deterrent – A Little Bit of This
Our final suggestion for DIY rabbit repellent is a little shifty, though we did hint at it earlier. You may have heard of gardeners trying used cat litter or coyote urine to put the rabbits off. This idea builds on that, but instead of working with pee, it goes to the source with ammonia.
You probably don’t want this smell around fruits or vegetables, so you should focus on the areas where the rabbits get in. Tie some rags firmly onto sticks, then soak the secured rags in household ammonia. Place these sticks along proven rabbit trails, burrows, and entryways.
Have you found a DIY rabbit repellent that works? Tell us how to make it in the comments!