Pest & Wildlife Animal Information

Rabbits

Many species of rabbits and hares live in the wild. The most common types of rabbits include the eastern cottontail, desert cottontails and brush. The most common types of hares include the white-tailed and the black-tailed jackrabbits. Rabbits may look furry and cute, but when they mate, the population can get quickly out of hand. This is why it is essential to call a professional in rabbit removal.

Where Do Rabbits Live?

You can find rabbits all over the United States, Canada and even parts of Mexico. Rabbits aren’t too picky about where they live, and they create their nests in orchards, meadows, bushes, farmlands, and open forests. Some rabbits prefer to make their hoes in the deserts, bogs, swamps and riverside thickets. Because they aren’t too picky about where they live, it isn’t uncommon to find rabbits right near your home.

The Rabbits’ Appearance

In the wild, the males are often larger than the females. This isn’t the case with rabbits. Female rabbits tend to be larger than male rabbits. Also, jackrabbits are often larger than cottontails. Rabbits change color during their year. During the winter, their color changes so that they can camouflage themselves since the foliage has died. This can make it difficult to see the rabbits, but you will still see the signs that they are nesting on your property.

Why Do Rabbits Make Your Yard Their Homes?

The main reason that rabbits will set up their home in your yard is so they can find a source of food. Rabbits feed on a variety of things including:

  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Turf
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Citrus trees
  • Plums
  • Parsely
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Beets

If you have a garden, your home will make the perfect habitat for rabbits. Since most people have trees and shrubs in their yard, most homes make the perfect habitat for rabbits.

You won’t need to worry about rabbits getting into your house unless you bring them in as pets. They will; however, burrow under your deck, porch or barn to find a suitable place to live. These holes that the rabbits dig don’t just create access points for them to nest. The holes create entry points to your home for other pests as well. If this happens, you will need to deal with a whole other set of problems.

What Harm Can Rabbits Do To Your Family and Your Property?

The exploding rabbit population is a good reason to have a professional in rabbit removal come to your home; however, there are other more important reasons to have them removed.

Rabbits don’t pose a huge risk to humans by spreading disease the way that mice and rats do. If you handle a rabbit with your bare hands that is infected with disease, they can spread tularemia and rabbit fever. The same is true if you eat an undercooked rabbit. The main reason that people call an expert in rabbit removal is to prevent the rabbits from causing damage and destruction to the yard.

If you have a garden, the rabbits will nibble on your plants, which often impedes the growth. When the infestation becomes too large, the rabbits can cause your tees to develop health issues. They can also destroy your turf and your plants. They may not be too dangerous to humans, but rabbits can be very harmful to your yard.

Controlling the Rabbits and Protecting Your Property

The best way to protect your property and your garden is to make it difficult for the rabbits to enter your yard. Many homeowners will put up a fence around their garden or orchard to keep the rabbits at bay. Unfortunately, this is not always effective. Rabbits tend to dig holes under the ground to reach a source of food.

To prevent rabbits from nesting and reproducing in the yard, you can fill in the holes at the foundation of your deck, patio, shed and porch. In many cases, this is just a temporary fix. Rabbits are great at digging, therefore, it won’t take long before they dig another hole and create a nest on the property.

Calling In the Experts

The most effective way to prevent rabbits from wreaking havoc on you property and creating nests is to call an expert in rabbit removal. Some homeowners will try to handle the job on their own, but this is a mistake. Rabbits may be cute and cuddly animals, but they are still wild animals. If you attempt to approach a wild rabbit, it will feel threatened. This can result in you getting scratched or bitten.

A professional in rabbit removal will understand how rabbits behave, making it easier to trap them. Also, they will have the tools and safety equipment necessary to safely remove the colony.

Also, experts have the knowledge and experience to remove the rabbits in the most humane manner as possible. Professionals won’t try to kill the rabbits. Instead, they will trap the rabbits that are causing the problems, and move them to an area far from your home. When you hire a professional in rabbit removal, you will have peace of mind that the rabbits will be safe during the removal process, and that they will be transplanted to an area that is out of the way, with an abundance of food.

Final Thought

If you notice that your garden or other vegetation in your yard is being consumed, there is a good chance that you have a rabbit colony nearby. When this happens, it is best to call a professional in rabbit removal as soon as you discover the problem. After a thorough inspection of your yard and the surrounding areas, the expert will safely and humanely remove the rabbits from the area.

If you suspect that rabbits are causing problems on your property, give us a call today.

 

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