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General Rabbit Questions

Q. Why did the Creator of Heaven and Earth make rabbits anyway?

Q. When are rabbits a problem?

Q. Why did the rabbits pick my house and yard?

Q. Why do I need to get rid of rabbits?

Q. When do rabbits come into yards and gardens?

Q. When is the best time to get rid of rabbits?

Q. Where do rabbits live?

Q. How do I know if I have rabbits on my property?

Q. Where can I get help with my rabbit problem?

Health & Safety

Q. What are the health risks of having rabbits in my residential or commercial building?

Q. Will the rabbits attack me?

Q. Who is responsible for this rabbit problem?

Animal Control Products and Methods

Q. What are the most common rabbit complaints you receive?

Q. Which poisons do you recommend to kill rabbits?

Q. Which rabbit repellents are the best?

Q. Which methods do you use to exterminate rabbits?

Q. Which methods do you use to get rid of rabbits?

Q. Who should I call for help?

Q. Why should I hire a professional to get rid of rabbits?

Property Damage

Q. What damage can rabbits cause?

Q. What is this going to do to my property value?

Q. What will a wildlife removal technician do about the rabbits on my property?

Costs

Q. What does it cost for an initial on-site rabbit inspection?

Q. What does it cost for an initial over-the-phone rabbit control consultation?

Q. Who pays for my rabbit problem?

Q. What FREE animal control services does your company offer to the public?

Q. How much will it cost to get rid of the rabbits?

 

General Rabbit Questions

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Q. Why did the Creator of Heaven and Earth make rabbits anyway?

A. Rabbits serve as a valuable food source for a variety of predators, from humans to hawks to coyotes.  Because of their amazing reproduction rate, rabbits tend to maintain population despite predation. 

Despite popular belief, rabbits are not rodents, but rather lagomorphs, a separate family.  There a many species but most share the long ears, fluffy tails and large, strong hind feet.

Q. When are rabbits a problem?


A. Rabbits are persistent and have a strong taste for vegetation.  When they invade gardens, orchards and fields they can decimate everything from lettuce to trees. Commercial crop damage can be financially troubling.  Landscape devastation is a great challenge to gardeners and homeowners. 

A secondary problem the threat of disease transmission.

Q. Why did the rabbits pick my house and yard?


A. Rabbits like yards that provide food and cover.  Tender garden vegetables, tulip bulbs, tasty tree bark and just about any other types of vegetation keeps the rabbits’ stomachs happy.  Debris piles like stones, brush or wood are great shelters from heat and predators.  If the rabbits are well-fed and feel safe, they are likely to take up permanent residence.

Q. Why do I need to get rid of rabbits?

A.  When rabbits decide to call a yard or field home, they begin to make messes and cause damage that can cost hundreds or even thousands to repair.  They will not voluntarily move on.  Rabbits like living near people.  People provide lots of food—accidently or on purpose.  Rabbits are not so courteous in return—they will eat what they want, go to the bathroom where they want, breed where they want and die when and where they get around to it.  Yuck!

Q. When do rabbits come into yards and gardens?

A. Rabbits come into yards are gardens to eat the well-watered and tended plants that grow there.  In spring as reproduction kicks into high gear, they seek newly emerging plants.  During summer grass, fruit, berries and vegetables are favorites.  During the winter bark, buds, and berry canes are sought after.  To sum up, rabbits are a year-round nuisance and can move in at any time.

Q. When is the best time to get rid of rabbits?

A. You need to get rid of rabbits as soon as you start to notice damage.  Rabbits breed…well...like RABBITS.  You will soon have more than you have now, and they are all hungry.

Q. Where do rabbits live?


A. There are many species of rabbit in the United States and at least one species lives in nearly every area.  Depending on the species they might prefer deserts or swamps, but all like vegetation and shelter. 

Rabbits may dig their own burrows, but many use existing natural spaces or burrows created by other animals.

Rabbits have adapted well to human environments and there is evidence to suggest that female rabbits prefer human-occupied areas because there are fewer predators. Pine tree farms, edges of fields, orchards and landscaped back yards now provide ideal rabbit habitat.

Q.  How do I know if I have rabbits on my property?


A. Rabbits are not easy to observe unless they are certain the environment is not full of threats and predators, then it is common to see them in broad daylight.  More often, though, you find evidence of nighttime raids.  Rabbit droppings are small pellets about the same size and shape as a pea.  They may be in small piles or scattered about.  

More often than not, rabbits make themselves known by the damage they cause.  Garden plants or tender flowers are frequently nibbled down to the ground and appear cleanly cut as if with scissors.  If the damage is done by another animal, like a deer, the leaves will appear torn.  Or, if an animal like a mole, the plants will be dug up. Trees and shrubs are damaged by rabbits when tender plants are not readily available or during the winter.  Bark will be gnawed away in patched and trees can be completely girdled.  If the damage is a rabbit the twigs and shrubs will be cut at a 45-degree angle no more than 24” above the ground.  If the culprit is a deer, the damage will be higher up.

Q. Where can I get help with my rabbit problem?

A. Allstate Rabbit Control can help. Call us. We are professionals with experience in rabbit removal and have trained technicians who will safely trap and remove rabbits from your property.


Health & Safety

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Q. What are the health risks of having rabbits in my residential or commercial building?

A. Rabbits can carry tick fever, tularemia, powassan virus and rabies. You should avoid contact with wild rabbits, especially those that appear unusually fearless around humans.

Q. Will the rabbits attack me?

A. Rabbits look cute and fuzzy, but they are wild animals and will defend themselves if threatened.  They have large, strong teeth and sharp claws and they know how to use them.  Do not attempt to handle a rabbit or any other wild animal, especially if sick or injured.  The animal will not realize you are trying to help and will deal with you as a threat.

Q. Who is responsible for this rabbit problem?        

A. Your delicious trees and vegetables are responsible, but you are the one stuck with cleaning it up.  There are no government agencies responsible for solving rabbit problems, but Allstate Rabbit Control is here to help.


Animal Control Products and Methods

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Q. What are the most common rabbit complaints you receive?

A. Rabbits damage outdoor plants, trees, gardens and even the fences surrounding them.  Rabbits have been known to gnaw electrical wiring and even cars.  Gnawing and eating are the main complaints.

Q. Which poisons do you recommend to kill rabbits?

A. There are no poisons registered for rabbits.

Q. Which rabbit repellents are the best?

A. Some repellents are available.  Contact us for more information.

Q. Which methods do you use to exterminate rabbits?

A.  Live and kill trapping are the most common methods for extermination in suburban and urban areas.

Q. Which methods do you use to get rid of rabbits?

A. We use a variety of methods to get rid of rabbits on your property.  Exclusion with fencing may be appropriate.  Protecting individual plant or tree specimens can be effective.  Live or kill trapping will get rid of rabbits.  Habitat modification, including repellents, can be effective when done professionally.

We only use humane methods and follow local, state and federal laws and regulations.
Relocation is rarely an option due to laws and regulations, the threat of disease and the stress to the animals.

Q. Who should I call for help?

           
A. Call Allstate Rabbit Control. 

Q. Why should I hire a professional to get rid of rabbits?  

A.  Rabbits are not easy to get rid of.  They are persistent, active and highly reproductive.  Professional rabbit removers know what they are doing and have the best equipment and experience to do the job right.


Property Damage

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Q. What damage can rabbits cause?

A. Rabbits eat vegetable and flower gardens, trees and shrubs. 

Tulips and roses are particular favorite flowers of rabbits, along with a number of vegetables like peas, beans, corn, cucumbers, etc.

When snow is on the ground rabbits survive by clipping off branches, stems and buds and gnawing on bark.

In orchards rabbits love to chew on apple, cherry, plum and nut trees.

Rabbit damage can lead to other damage by insects, porcupines, woodpeckers or animals the prey on rabbits, like coyotes.

Q. What is this going to do to my property value?


A. Any pest infestation can lower the value of your property by 5-10%.

Q. What can a wildlife removal technician do about the rabbits on my property?


A.  Our technicians will evaluate the nature of your rabbit problem and recommend a control and removal plan customized to your situation.  Typically this involves a combination of habitat modification, repellents and trapping.


Costs

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Q. What does it cost for an initial on-site rabbit inspection?

A. For specific information, see our Pricing Page.

Q. What does it cost for an initial over-the-phone rabbit control consultation?

A. FREE!  Send me 5-10 pictures via e-mail and I will review them and call you to recommend a solution and give you an estimate.  Pictures should include suspected rabbit damage, any burrows or suspected dens, and anything else you think might be important.

Q. Who pays for my rabbit problem?
   
A. Rabbits are the responsibility of the property owner.  You can attempt to get rid of them yourself, but I recommend that you contact us, your rabbit removal specialists.  Typically rabbit removal starts with an inspection and evaluation which costs $150-250, depending on your location.  You may want to contact your property insurance carrier; your policy may include coverage for removal and clean up of pest animals.

Q. What FREE rabbit control services does your company offer?

A. If you find an animal problem on your property, take 5-10 digital pictures and e-mail them to us (use the Contact Us page).  We will call you on the phone and discuss your situation for a few minutes and suggest a plan of action, as time allows.

Q. How much will it cost to get rid of the rabbits?

A. Prices vary depending on your location, location of the hive and severity of the problem. I can give you a FREE estimate over the phone using digital pictures you e-mail me. For additional information, see our Pricing Page.