Rx for Rabbits — Ban Those Bunnies!

July 6, 2010 | By | Comments (5)

Good morning, Grumpians. It is 11 AM here in Belize, high time I arose for my morning massage, margarita, and splash in the pool. Rest assured, however, I have not forgotten your problems in the garden, even though I’m trying my best. Recently, many of you have emailed the Grump wanting to know how to foil that pesky critter, the rabbit.


Here is one such plea from Sandy: “Many residents in our community have a problem with rabbits eating our plants. It seems like if it has ANY color, it gets eaten. I sometime feel like staying awake all night on the front porch with a .22 rifle, but I don’t want to kill them, I just want them to go away. Is there something we could either put on the plants or around the plants that would keep rabbits away?”

Grumpy replies:Well, I don’t see any point in sitting out there with a .22 if you aren’t going to use it. They certainly would use it down here in Belize. If you change your mind, here is a delicious Southern Living recipe I found for Kentucky burgoo that uses rabbit. While I was looking, I got all excited about another recipe for “sugared rabbits,” but it turned out to be a sugar glaze you put on chocolate bunnies. Feed that to your kid on Easter morning and he’ll zip through your house faster than subatomic particles at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

(Note to readers: Grumpy is attempting to introduce some serious science here. For those of you who don’t not know, a “hadron” is the newest super sandwich made with three large patties of whale blubber, two sticks of farm-fresh butter, molasses-glazed pecans, a scoop of mashed potatoes drizzled with brown sugar and clover honey, all wrapped in a deep-fried croissant dusted with powdered sugar and served with your choice of pork rinds or salted bacon. Try a Hadron today!)

Now many of you find the idea of aiming a .22 rifle at a cute, little rabbit to be abhorrent. Just let me remind you how dangerous a wild bunny can be! Watch the classic scene involving a killer rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

Obviously, rabbits are not to be trifled with. So how can you reduce their destructiveness without being slaughtered like King Arthur and his knights? Try these solutions.

1. A chicken-wire fenced about 3 feet high with its bottom buried 6 inches into the ground effectively deters rabbits, especially if your neighbor’s garden lacks a fence. Of course, this works best for a vegetable garden. You can’t really put up a chicken fence around your whole yard, because if you do, Southern Living will never take a picture.

2, Spray your plants according to label directions with a rabbit-repellent, such as Rabbit Scram, Liquid Fence Dual Action Rabbit Repellent, and Hot Pepper Wax.

3. Try adding plants to your garden with oily, aromatic foliage that rabbits don’t like, such as rosemary and thyme. People like herbs. Rabbits don’t.

4. Serve Kentucky burgoo weekly through the summer.

Bunny photo by Wwarby.


  1. Deb

    Is it okay to cut back my leggy azaleas in the fall? I was lazy after they bloomed last spring and now they have floiage only on the top two thirds…

    August 19, 2010 at 12:13 am
  2. Lisa

    An avid gardener friend suggested scattering whole habenero peppers around the perimeter of our vegetable garden (or planting a habenero pepper plant) and we’ve tried both with success…no bunny nibbles at all!

    July 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm
  3. Grumpy Gardener (His Benevolence)

    These are all worthy suggestions.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:20 am
  4. UrsulaV

    Any thoughts on those old home remedies involving urine–i.e. leaving out used cat litter on the beds to freak out the bunnies with the smell of carnivores, or B) getting your boyfriend to skulk around the edges of the garden in the night and mark his territory, preferably after a lunch heavy on the meat products?
    *cough* Not that, I, uh, have tried that last or anything. But the rabbits have only gotten one plant. I’m just sayin’.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:32 am
  5. Henry H.

    Someone told me Elmer Fudd was outta work and was now freelancing……
    Maybe you could call him. He has about 50years experience disposing wabbits….

    July 6, 2010 at 10:29 am

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