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  • Rabbits on property + how to get rid of them

    I live in Fla. + have some palmettos on the property which rabbits like. I've tried to burn them + they keep coing back. The rabbits are all over the property. They carry fleas + mites. Every time it rains, the fleas come up around the house to escape the water puddles on the horse fields,+ get on the cats + I can't walk ouside without fleas biting me.. Even though I treat the cats w/ Atvantage Multi they are stil here. Any ideas. I want to get rid of the rabbits withut killing them. Thanks, Judy A

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    Good luck getting rid of them without killing them.

    My dogs take care of a good number of the rabbits in the spring when the find their nests everywhere. We have a rabbit population, but it is far, far more normal in numbers than it was when we moved in three years ago. We were OVERRUN with bunnies then...now, the population is normal.

    Eliminating nesting areas is probably the best way to get rid of them without killing them. I think not only the dogs but my persistence in keeping weeds down and pastures mowed has also helped reduce our once out-of-control population.

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    • #3
      Jack Russells work well, but they will kill them. They're probably overbreeding with all the rain you've had recently with new growth of foliage. Turn a couple of Jacks loose and the ones left will move.
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      • #4
        Beagles work well too...they're great little rabbit hunters. Why not make stew out of them? I've always wanted to try rabbit, but the little buggers are too cute.
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        • #5
          You wanna borrow Peanut? She's my rabbit hound. She loves rabbits. Yummy.

          I'm curious though - I've never heard of a rabbit population causing a flea problem like that. What kind of fleas are you talking about?
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          Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
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          • #6
            To get rid of the palmettos you have to cut them down and then dig out the roots.
            "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin

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            • #7
              I don't know how well it would work but one thing I recently learned is that eating mint leaves will dry up a rabbit (have used it on a doe who lost her litter at birth). So... hypothetically, you could plant some mint... if the rabbits get into it, chances are you won't be seeing the population go up as the doe's milk would dry up if not not come in at all. Doesn't help with existing rabbits though... and of course no guarantee that the rabbits would eat the mint in the first place. Just a thought since you dont' want to kill them.
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              • #8
                I think your flea problem has nothing to do with rabbits and everything to do with your ground and climate. We have a zillion rabbits all over here and I have never seen a flea on my dogs. It helps to keep brush cleared because then they have nowhere to hide in.

                Get your house bombed professionally and have a professional spray your yard and treat your animals.

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                • #9
                  We have an explosion of rabbits lately.
                  We used to leave the door to our quonset barn open, but had to quit that because rabbits would make warrens out of our alfalfa hay stacks and eat the strings, ruining it all.

                  Rabbits here also carry leptospirosis and we lost a horse to that.
                  We keep our pets and cattle vaccinated for lepto, now we will our horses also, when the vet is sure that vaccine works as intended, once it is out in the field long enough.

                  Rabbits and coons and skunks carry fleas they drop where they live.
                  We had some skunks living under our scales and we had to use Off on our pant legs and boots to go in the scale house to keep fleas off, until we got rid of the skunks.
                  Same with rabbit warrens.
                  Ever seen a dead rabbit and the ground black around it with fleas leaving for warmer bodies, gives pause to what all those cute rabbits out there carry, explains why they scratch all the time.

                  For what I hear, around here, when rabbits get out of control, kids get lots of air rifle practice.
                  It is not good for the rabbits themselves to become overcrowded until nature takes it's course and wipes them out wholesale.

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                  • #10
                    We have a big booming population of wild rabbits dogs kill off some of them and 22 magnum takes care of the rest. Target practice has made me a good aim one shot rabbit dead. My dogs have never had fleas because of the wild rabbits with all the ones i've killed here recently never saw a flea on them.

                    Have never had a flea problem with dogs.

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                    • #11
                      Leave a radio on outside at night
                      Jigga:
                      Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**

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                      • #12
                        I'd get my yard sprayed and house. Then I just use humane traps or a bb gun. Know any hunters you could borrow a dog from to chase them out? You could use some fox urine or coyote urine on your property as well to scare them off.
                        "Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested." Ina Garten

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by luvmyhackney View Post
                          I'd get my yard sprayed and house. Then I just use humane traps or a bb gun. Know any hunters you could borrow a dog from to chase them out? You could use some fox urine or coyote urine on your property as well to scare them off.
                          Rabbits don't "scare off".

                          I think that may be because they don't have anywhere to go, but to other scary places?

                          Ours are happy around here, even with coyotes, bobcats, owls and hawks preying on them.

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                          • #14
                            Rabbits are varmints. By denotation and connotation. You could try Dachshunds. I believe they were bred for rabbit hunting.

                            They are not going to just go away. You either have to move them (by destroying their habitat) or kill them.

                            G.
                            Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Guilherme View Post
                              Rabbits are varmints. By denotation and connotation. You could try Dachshunds. I believe they were bred for rabbit hunting.

                              They are not going to just go away. You either have to move them (by destroying their habitat) or kill them.

                              G.
                              Standard dachshunds were bred for badger hunting. Minis for rabbits. However, now days we field trial out dachshunds on rabbits.

                              OP, you might look to see if there is a beagle or basset field trial grounds near you. If so, they may come and live trap some rabbits for their grounds.

                              One thing you can do if you think the rabbits are the cause if fleas. Mix sand and Sevin dust and make sand baths for the bunnies. The rabbits will roll and take dust baths in the mixture and the fleas will die. This is a field trial grounds trick.

                              Around here we have plenty of predators to keep rabbits in check.
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                              • #16
                                Bluey good info to know. Can't say I've had a major rabbit problem, but my neighbor had Greyhounds. They would catch a rabbit in a jiffy and shake it till it died.
                                "Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested." Ina Garten

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by wireweiners View Post

                                  Standard dachshunds were bred for badger hunting. Minis for rabbits. However, now days we field trial out dachshunds on rabbits.

                                  OP, you might look to see if there is a beagle or basset field trial grounds near you. If so, they may come and live trap some rabbits for their grounds.

                                  One thing you can do if you think the rabbits are the cause if fleas. Mix sand and Sevin dust and make sand baths for the bunnies. The rabbits will roll and take dust baths in the mixture and the fleas will die. This is a field trial grounds trick.

                                  Around here we have plenty of predators to keep rabbits in check.
                                  Thank you for the information on Dachshunds. I'd forgotten about Bassets. Some Hunts do ground hunting. It would be worth a phone call.

                                  G.
                                  Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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                                  • #18
                                    Invite owls and hawks to your neighborhood.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Guilherme View Post

                                      Thank you for the information on Dachshunds. I'd forgotten about Bassets. Some Hunts do ground hunting. It would be worth a phone call.

                                      G.
                                      OT but dachshunds have the highest number of dual champions, field and conformation, than any other AKC breed. Dachshund field trials have become quite popular. If you ever have a chance to visit a dachshund or beagle field trial, do so, although you may be put to work beating. Brace beagle are a hoot to watch. They are very slow and its step, bay, step, bay. Watching them work a check is both amazing and hilarious.
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                                      • #20
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