I am new here and this has probably been addressed aud nauseum. But what
works to keep cottontail rabbits from eating my Hostas? We planted a
bunch and they just mow them down (in MN). Have tried blood meal,
commercial repellants, Irish Spring soap as a rec from a friend. Other
than chicken wire what works? The area is large, don't really want to
Herd of Maine Coon Cats Muahahahahaha ;-)
Cats out there will keep them down, as well as dogs, but of course
you'd need to put something over the poor stubs to keep the dogs from
Otherwise.. electric fences.. not too attractive, nor legal in most
places. If you can stand to do it, build something to put over them
at night and take them off in the day time might protect them from the
I know of no products that *work* .. lots that claim to, but if there
are any.. those more knowledgable than I will let you know.
If they are out there all the time though, it does sound like that the
only long term solution would be fencing them out, which would mean
putting some wire down below the ground if no more than like an L..
where the wire folds out onto the ground that you have skimmed a
little .. then put the dirt back over the wire.. because generally
they'd hop along and when encountering the fence try to dig under
close to the fence.
If you don't think it's a big infestation you could see if the local
animal shelter will loan you a live trap .. see if you can lure it in.
If they don't have one, you might be able to rent one. Then again,
you may find investing in one a good idea if you have continual
problems with critters. Just need to figure out what they really like
to bait it with. Well hosta leaves you know.. but you'd have to block
access to any hostas except those IN the cage. May take awhile, but
it's worth a shot. Ask around to see if there is a bait they find
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