Many people keep rabbits as a pet due to their friendly nature. These cute animals are entertaining to watch as they hope around. They are good pets for children as they keep them busy and make good playmates. However, not all that glitters is gold. Rabbits can be a nuisance to farmers and landscapers. They damage the foliage, shrubs and newly planted trees that landscapers use to spruce up a place. Rabbits also feed on vegetables, flowers and almost anything; nature provides as long as they are hungry. This makes them a gardener’s enemy as they eat and spoil most of their farm produce from vegetables, fruits and even flowers.
When rabbits invade your garden, you should set up traps to catch them. To do so, follow the following easy instructions:
• If you intend to use a trap, you had previously used, ensure you wash it with soap and water first. This is to ensure that you get rid of any human smells on the trap. You will also get rid of any defecation and urine left by a previously trapped rabbit. Afterwards, ensure you handle the trap using gloves.
• The next thing is to observe the rabbit behavior in order to know where to set the trap. Most of the time when rabbits come to your home, they do so in search of food. The garden is the most probable place they will go. It is therefore, reasonable to set the rabbit trap on your garden rather than on an open field. This way, you are sure to catch the rabbit.
• You can place bait at the back of the trap. This will entice the rabbit towards your bait. You can use peanut butter, vegetables such as carrots as bait in the trap.
• Once you have gotten the location and set the trap, ensure that you check the trap often. You can do so on an hourly basis. If you accidentally trap another animal, you are able to release it and not leave it in the element for long. If the rabbit is trapped, you are also able to relocate it to another approved area. The reason for doing hourly checks is to ensure that the trapped rabbit is not left out in the elements for long. This is because the reason for trapping the rabbit is not to punish it, but to move it to other areas, where it will cause less harm.
• While transporting the trapped rabbit, put a cloth over the trap. This is to avoid traumatizing the rabbit. Once you get to your destination, open the trap door and let the rabbit leave at its own will. Do not jiggle or interfere with the trap before the rabbit has left.
If you are unable to get rid of the rabbits, you can take up precautionary measures to control the rabbits. One such effective control measure is fencing your garden with mesh wire to avoid rabbit invasion.
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