How to Get Rid of Rabbits in the Yard — Garden, Pestkilled

How to Get Rid of Rabbits in the Yard & Garden

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Reduce the Rabbit Attraction Factor

Rabbits are drawn to places that offer not only food, but also water and safe hiding spots. Creating a less rabbit-friendly landscape reduces the likelihood these creatures will make their home near yours.

Start by removing possible rabbit hiding places. Mow tall grass and brush, and remove debris such as fallen branches and piles of leaves. Trim the lower branches of your shrubbery so rabbits can’t hide behind them.

Survey for other landscape features that can be fenced off to discourage rabbits. This includes the porch, garden shed, stairs and other structures outdoors that make attractive burrowing spots. Because rabbits prefer to live near a water source, a stream or pond on your property adds to its appeal. Willow, oak, and maple trees, which rabbits find especially tasty, are another potential draw.

Fence Off the Rabbits’ Favorite Spots

It’s rarely necessary to fence the entire perimeter of your property just to get rid of rabbits in your yard and garden. A fence this long is expensive to build and a hassle to maintain. For a more practical solution, fence off only the areas that are attracting the rabbits.

Look for holes near structures such as your porch or shed, which are likely to be rabbit burrows. Seal these holes with chicken wire or wood. Before you do, though, make sure there are no rabbits in the burrow.

To protect small, young trees from rabbits, shield them tree guards, also known as tree shelters or spiral shelters. These spiral tubes of mesh are easy to set up and won’t impair your trees’ growth.

If you have full-grown trees or a vegetable patch that’s attracting rabbits, a chicken wire fence is often enough to keep the animals out. To build one, you’ll need 6-foot posts and chicken wire with a mesh of 1 inch or finer and a height of 40 to 48 inches. Set the posts no farther than 6 feet apart and drive them at least 18 inches into the ground.

The bottom end of the chicken wire should be buried to prevent rabbits from digging under the fence. Create a trench 4 or 5 inches deep sloping outwards away from the fence posts. Lay the bottom end of the chicken wire in this trench and pull it out so the end is around 1 foot away from the fence. Fill the trench with soil to cover the wire. Finally, attach the chicken wire to the fence posts.

Scare the Rabbits Away

If the aesthetics of fencing doesn’t appeal to you, there are less visible ways to get rid of rabbits in your yard or at least stop them from snacking on your trees, flowers, and vegetables.

Because the scent of blood signals danger to rabbits, blood meal fertilizer makes an effective rabbit repellent. Simply sprinkle the blood meal on the surface of the soil anywhere you’ve seen rabbits. Use it with care, though, because too much can burn your plants.

Commercial rabbit repellent products are also an option. These are available in a granular form designed to be sprinkled on the soil surface and a liquid form designed to be sprayed onto trees and plants. These products produce the scent of blood, decaying meat or another odor that repels rabbits, but that’s too faint for you to smell. Some products work up to 90 days, but all need to be reapplied from time to time.

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Other scents that indicate the presence of a predator also scare away rabbits. Coyote and fox urine, human hair, and dog hair are all options. Predator urine is available at some home and garden centers.

Motion-activated sprinklers, also known as water scarecrows, spray water when a rabbit or other animal triggers the device’s sensor. The sudden movement and spraying water scare rabbits away from your yard and discourage them from coming back.

Placing decoy owls and snakes around your property further helps scare off rabbits. While these can be a useful part of your overall strategy for getting rid of rabbits in your yard and garden, their effectiveness is unreliable and the rabbits will eventually get used to them.

Ultrasonic rabbit repellent devices are another option. These drive rabbits away with sounds the animals find irritating, but that’s inaudible to you. Because these devices can harm pets, avoid them if you or your neighbors keep rodents, cats, dogs or other pets.

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How to Get Rid of Crows in Your Yard or Garden

KA Hanna is a retired engineer who enjoys gardening and conducting performance tests on garden products.

When Unwanted Crows Invade Your Yard

There is a reason they call it a «murder of crows.» A noisy gang of 100-300 crows in the neighborhood is not pleasant, nor is it a mild nuisance. It turns the neighborhood into a virtual dead zone, unfriendly to songbirds, lizards, and other benign garden influences. Crows noisily call to one another as soon as the sun rises until sunset. They perform what I call «drive-bys»—dive-bombing unsuspecting humans and their pets. They attack and kill smaller creatures just because they feel like it and often leave the remains on patios or in birdbaths.

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When our neighborhood—particularly our backyard and the adjacent neighbor’s—became invaded by hundreds of crows, we had to do something, but we didn’t know what. Crows are protected in our part of California. We are not allowed to trap them or harm them in any way (nor would we want to). We were advised by the good people who work for the city that the most we could do was to make our garden and neighborhood «unpleasant» for them. This meant that we could be noisy; we could distract them visually using scarecrows, lights, or streamers, or we could «shoo» them away with our arms, hands, and voices.

None of those methods worked very well. As anyone who has ever been harassed by crows can attest, crows are smart. If they know you can’t reach them or that you don’t have the stamina to keep after them, then they will simply wait you out until you get tired and go away. So I set about to find smarter ways to humanely get rid of my backyard crows.

Which Method Works Best for Scaring Crows Away?

Method 1: Use Sounds to Scare Them Away

Killer Bird Audio: The YouTube Solution

I found a few «killer bird» audio tracks on YouTube, but simply playing them outside did not work very well. The crows just flew around, squawking and calling to one another. They quickly figured out that the audio was coming from my small iPad, and so they were not the least bit intimidated.

Then, I was given a gift of a Bluetooth speaker. I could position it in the crook of a tree branch so that it pointed straight up to the sky. Once positioned, I played the YouTube killer bird tracks at a relatively low volume so that I could hear it, but my neighbors could not. (About a 4-5 on the volume scale.)

To my surprise, the crows went silent. Many of them even flew away. Playing the tracks over and over for about an hour sent most of them packing, but about 6 crows remained behind to watch and wait. Occasionally, they flew by to look for the source of the killer bird sounds, but they never figured it out. Clearly, it was not just what I played, but how I played it.

Crow-Be-Gone CD

Since the YouTube audio seemed to work, I set out to find an audio solution that would be easier for me to use. The YouTube solution, while pretty effective, was hard to keep up. I had to play the track over and over in order to get rid of the crows and to keep most of them from returning. Since the running time of the YouTube track was about 15 minutes, this was a time-consuming activity.

An internet search brought me to the Crow-Be-Gone CD, which is a commercially made CD consisting of a compilation of calls made by birds of prey at random time intervals. The directions were clear and easy to follow. I positioned my bluetooth speaker up towards the sky, and played the CD at a level that was just barely audible to the human ear, about a level 3 on my speaker.

The Crow-Be-Gone solution was highly successful. Within a few minutes of play, the majority of the crows took off. A couple dozen continued to stand sentry in the tallest trees that overlook my garden, but they were silent. Occasionally, one flew overhead to try to find the speaker, but they were not able to figure it out. They also never got used to the audio, which I played every day for just over 2 weeks, at different times each day, in the mornings and again in the late afternoons. After the initial couple of weeks, I played the CD twice a day, once in the morning and once around twilight. This seemed to keep most of the crows from roosting in the tall trees behind our property. It also kept most of the crows from «hunting» in our garden in the mornings, and from invading our birdbaths, though this did remain an occasional problem.

My neighbors, who also love to garden but were forced indoors because of the crow problem, commented to me one day that whatever I was doing about the crows seemed to be working. They reported that the crows «seemed further away» and that they were able to get out to their garden and plant a few tomato plants and flowers.

The CD was so successful that we actually enjoyed a summer free of backyard crows. Then, we made the mistake of going on vacation for a few weeks. We came back to hundreds of crows yet again, and had to start all over.

Method 2: Use a Fake Dead Crow to Scare Them Away

Going on vacation also caused another type of crow problem for us: nesting. This was different from crows merely roosting at night, now we had to deal with expectant parent crows, plus crows that acted like a bodyguards. The Crow-Be-Gone CD kept them relatively silent, but they weren’t going anywhere.

At this point, I decided to try a crow model—essentially a fake crow that you hang upside-down from a stick or from your patio cover so that is moves a little in the wind. Real crows are supposed to find fake crows to be so disturbing that they fly away. They may consider upside-down crows to signal danger.

I bought my fake crow around Halloween time, when realistic fake crows are in abundance at the party stores. I tied a string around its feet and hung it from my boysenberry trellis, facing the trees where the crows were nesting.

The crow model had some effect. The sentry crows came out and stood guard. The expectant parent crows stayed silent. All signs seemed promising.

Then, the crows came into my garden and plopped themselves down in my birdbaths. I chased them out, and moved the crow model to hang from my patio. This seemed to be better, as the fake crow blew in the breeze and really appeared to look as though a crow happened to die in this upside-down position. It screamed danger.

The patio-positioned fake crow, along with the CD, kept the real crows out of my garden until the babies hatched. Overall, while the crow model was effective, I felt that it was only a partial solution to the problem.

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Method 3: Use an Ultrasound Pest Repeller

The birdbaths still seemed to be a lure for the crows. They couldn’t stay completely away, and would dive in and harass the small song birds that we tried to attract. When it got to be too distressing to witness the small birds getting attacked by the crows, I decided to try an ultrasound motion-activated pest deterrent. I received one from a friend that has a light that flashes when it detects motion. It worked very well, too well, in fact. It scared all the birds and the crows, and it was a long time before the little birds learned to trust again.

Still, if you are trying to protect a particular area of your garden from crows, the motion-activated pest deterrent works very well. Just keep in mind that it is an indiscriminate solution, and will scare away all animal life.

Method 4: Trim the Trees

I wish I could say that my humane crow deterrents worked 100 percent, but after two long seasons of battling the crows, someone in my neighborhood snapped. It began when my neighbor bought a trumpet, followed by an air horn. He blasted the crows and the entire neighborhood with sound. Finally, when he could stand no more, he called the city and received permission to hire tree trimmers to take down his tallest trees. The crows scattered, heading back to the open space areas where they are supposed to live. We still have some that try to roost at night, but not the hundreds that we had before. The dozen or so that are left are easily moved along by playing the birds of prey CD, or by moving the fake crow into their line of sight. Songbirds, lizards, owls, hawks, woodpeckers and other wildlife have returned. The neighborhood is wondrous once again.

What Crow Scare Method Works for You?

If you’ve used one of the following methods with success, let us know here:

You Really Can Outsmart Backyard Crows

If you want to get rid of backyard crows, and you want to do it humanely and quietly, I’d recommend looking into an audio deterrent first, like a birds of prey CD, or audio tracks from YouTube. Be prepared to spend some time and energy in executing your plan. Be diligent and crafty. Most importantly of all — never give up. The crows will eventually move along, but they will not go quietly.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

When you are trying to get rid of noisy backyard crows, I am wondering what do you do with the speaker you have facing upwards and hidden in the tree. When it rains, does this mean that you have to go and get the speaker out every time it rains?

Yes, when rain is expected, I bring my speaker indoors. I also bring it inside to recharge about once a month. We only get 7” of rain per year in my part of the world, so bringing my speaker indoors when it rains is not a big chore.

What will happen to the crow if I remove their nest?

Before removing a crow’s nest, it’s important to check your local laws regarding the circumstances for legal removal. Presuming that you receive permission, the crow likely has already abandoned the nest for the season, or perhaps the nest is in an unsafe area — for example, inside your chimney. In either case, the crow may come back and try to nest in the same location. It’s important, once a nest is legally removed, to make the removal site unattractive to the crow so they don’t try to build a new nest at the site. You can try putting an owl decoy up, or cover the area (if possible) with chicken wire. If the nest is inside the chimney, you could try a chimney cap.

How can I get crows to move on from my backyard easily?

It’s very difficult to get crows to move along, especially of they find your backyard to be inviting. What I do is to try to make my yard unappealing to crows. I have removed large sources of water and replaced them with small cups of water — large enough for finches and not much else. I play my hawk/birds-of-prey loop first thing in the morning and at dusk. I also clean up debris that can be used as nesting material — I have even replaced all shredded mulch with wood nuggets. Crows are very intelligent, and will stick around and try to outsmart you. Keep a close eye on your garden and try to figure out what might be attracting them, and remove it if you can. Also consider the time of day when automatic sprinklers come on, as they may be attracted to the water. I’ve begun watering at 4 a.m., before the sun rises.

Why is my 4 hour search for the crow removal CD coming up with nothing!?

I checked and found that it came up as the top result in a Google search. Try Searching for Crow Be Gone CD.

Which of your suggested methods works best for scaring away crows but not songbirds such as robins? We have a recent hatched nest of baby robins and I am trying to protect them from the crows.

I recently used the Crow be Gone CD and various birds-of-prey sounds from Youtube played on a loop to keep crows away from a pair of nesting bluebirds. The bluebirds did not seem to be particularly bothered by any of the sounds. The crows mostly stayed away, but they did test the area to try and find the source. I would play the sounds at low volume, and remember to point your speaker straight up to the sky. I have not tried any of the methods specifically on robins, but I have a variety of songbirds in my yard and none of them seem bothered by the CD or birds-of-prey calls.

Does your combination method of the hanging fake crow model coupled with the Crow be Gone CD scare away the songbirds such as the robins, too?

Thank you for reading my article, I hope that it is helpful. The CD does not scare any of the little songbirds in my garden. It upsets the crows only. I stopped using the fake crow most of the year because certain larger birds like the mockingbird started dive-bombing it. I use the fake crow now only during the crow’s nesting season, which ends before the mockingbirds start nesting.

What makes crow be gone work so well for me to rid my crowing problems?

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I don’t know why it works so well, but it does work for me. I suspect that it may have to do with the random intervals between the sounds. It certainly keeps crows on their toes, and they can’t seem to figure out where the birds of prey are hiding.

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Comments

KA Hanna

4 months ago from America’s Finest City

Thank you for your comment, Becky! Crows are pretty smart, so I can imagine them throwing things at people. I’ve been pelted by crows in the past myself! In regards to your question about crows vs. ravens: In flight, crows flap their wings a lot, while ravens soar more. The tail on a crow opens like a fan, because the tail feathers are all the same length. A raven’s tail has longer center feathers, so it opens in more of a wedge shape — longer in the center and shorter on the sides. A crow vocalizes in the traditional “caw caw” sound, where a raven has more of a croaking voice. A raven can also make a screaming type of sound.

Becky

I yell at the crows and i swear they throw pinecones at me. i can’t stand them because of all the noise and an occasional knocking on my sunroof..i know that is not the proper word for windows on my roof..its just to early for me..crows once again are waking me up. another question How can i tell the difference between crows and Ravens? these are pretty big and don’t really bother my small garden.

Ally3030

Can’t Stand The Murdering Crows !! I want them gone . it does my head and I get Mad Hearing Them a Dozen Times a Day Coming To Feed From Other Birds Nest . They Are The Only Thing I Hate. They Are a Disgusting Bird.They Are Killing So Many Beautiful Birds We Should Destroy Them? I Don’t Care If They are A Smart Bird, They Barely look after thier Young And they Are Lazy Loud Ugly Murder Of Crows Evil Creatures!!

KA Hanna

16 months ago from America’s Finest City

Thanks for your comment, Birdman! I hope the crows leave you alone!

Birdman

I was awoke by loud crows at 5:30am today after trying to go back to sleep I could not take it anymore,so I went outside and threw rolled up slices of bread at them and they flew away and went back to sleep. haha crows!

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Getting Rid Of Garden Snakes – How To Keep Snakes Out Of Garden For Good

Snakes are shy animals that try to avoid contact with people just as much as people try to avoid encounters with snakes. However, there are times when you may find yourself in need of getting rid of garden snakes. The two approaches to ridding your garden of snakes are exclusion and eliminating food sources and hiding places. A combination of these strategies will reduce the chances that you’ll find a snake in your garden.

How to Keep Snakes Out of Garden

A snake-proof fence is an effective approach in how to keep snakes out of the garden. Use ½ inch wire mesh, and design the fence so that 6 inches is buried underground with 30 inches above ground. Slant the above-ground part of the fence outward at a 30 degree angle, and place all supporting stakes inside the fence. Make sure the gate fits tightly. It also helps to maintain a 1-foot wide vegetation-free area around the outside of the fence so that snakes won’t be able to climb plants to gain access to your garden.

The second approach to getting rid of garden snakes is removing food sources and hiding places. Garden mulches can attract rodents, which in turn attract snakes. Use hardwood mulches instead of loose materials such as hay or straw. Reduce the depth of the mulch to about an inch during warm weather while snakes are active.

Warm compost piles and stacks of firewood attract snakes and rodents. Place stacks of firewood and piles of compost on platforms that are at least a foot off the ground. Snakes and rodents often hide in tall vegetation. Mow your lawn regularly, and never let it get taller than 4 inches. Remove weeds regularly and avoid ground covers, such as ivy, that provide dense cover.

How to Get Rid of Garden Snakes

Help, there’s a snake in my garden! If you see a snake in your garden, the best thing to do is slowly back away. Keep at least 6 feet of space between you and the snake. More than 80 percent of snake bites occur when someone is trying to kill or capture a snake, so it’s best to contact a pest or wildlife control professional rather than try to handle the situation yourself.

Snake removal is best left to professionals, but if you find that you have to remove a snake from your garden, put safety first. When it comes to how to get rid of gardens snakes, you can sweep small snakes into a box or bag with a rake. Lift large snakes at the end of a long stick to move them outside the garden.

If the snake poses a danger to people or pets, the safest way to kill it is from a distance with a long-handled shovel or hoe. After you kill a snake, don’t handle the head. It can still bite by reflex action.

Ridding your garden of snakes typically involves prevention. Keeping the lawn and surrounding are clean, regularly mowed and free of unsightly debris will go a long way in getting rid of garden snakes.

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