Keeping Rats Out of a Yard With Outside Bunnies?

I have three rabbits, which I let run around freely, but this has led the rats to come. They pooped everywhere and even bite the car's wire, which caused us a huge amount of money. Recently we called pest control and they left a lot of poison here and there. I am now forced to cage my rabbits up. What should I do if I would like to let my rabbits run freely, without attracting these rats?


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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

Rats and mice have an inability to burp. Put lids of soda around. They will drink and die.

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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

i looked this up because had never heard it before but sadly it doesn't really seem to work

fun idea though

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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

This article has a lot of good points and tips. I am more of the anti kill (the soda method is cruel and poison is dangerous to everyone including bunnies and children and adults) and repel and prevent them person:


There are repel device that won't hurt the bunnies if managed properly. Keeping clean space helps too. It is a lot of work. But can rid your space of the pests and keep your bunnies safe.

Good luck!!

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August 18, 20181 found this helpful

I live on an island and next to a river. I have rats and mice problems most of the time here because there is nobody around me. I finally had to invest in a rat trap to get rid of them. I just added peanut butter to some bread and put it inside the trap. The rats go in and are trapped inside. You can normally get around 6 rats at a time.

How you dispose of them is up to you. I normally end up taking the trap to the river and putting it inside to drown the rats in the trap. We have river eels in the river who love to feast on them so I feed them to the eels. This makes it easier for me and I don't need to dig a hole and bury them or find them dead laying around the yard.

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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

unfortunately rats are a bane whenever you have yard pets. All the folks I know who have had backyard chickens have had to deal with rats. IN one situation it was so dire you could see them running across the yard at night, 10's of them at a time!


I would say the best option would be a predator - a cat. Hopefully one that learned to ignore the cats. Actually a better option is a rat terrier, either get/adopt one or hire a ratter service (they're not common but they exist) :

I am rpetty sure a dog would be easier to train to NOT go after the rabbits than a cat, and their ability to kill rats is legendary. Just having the dog around after he kills them all will be a future deterrent

i see no other better solution, barring risking killing you and your pets or making it your second job to put, monitor, and mess with traps (literally second job: probably 10 to 20 hours a week at this, for the rest of your life)

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August 22, 20180 found this helpful

Sad but I believe your bunnies are doomed to spend their lives in cages as almost anything that is a deterrent to rats is also bad for rabbits as many people are trying to rid their yards of wild rabbits as well as rats.


You will also have to be careful with what type of cages you build as rats will gnaw a hole in almost anything if they are after food.

Maybe the suggestion to get a rat terrier dog makes more sense than anything else.

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