For every iris, lily or rose that you plant in your garden, you put out a welcome mat for bunnies and other critters to come and dine at the leisure.
- Rabbits gotta eat! And sometimes they eat what you have carefully planted and cultivated.
- And if the bunnies in your yard start doing what bunnies do best, (ah-hem!) then you could soon be overrun with hungry, hungry rabbits who think nothing of denuding your favorite plants.
- Don't trap rabbits. In many communities that is illegal.
- But you can discourage them by putting in plants they don't find appetizing, such as Black-eyed Susan, basil, Beard Tongue, geraniums, lavender, marigold and any other sharply-scented pant that may discourage rabbits and other critters.
- If raccoons are your problem, again—no trapping, no poisoning and no harming the animal in any way.
- You may hire a professional to do humane trapping for you.
- Raccoons love eating garbage, so keep a tight lid on what you throw out. Wind chimes or scarecrows can deter critters
- Spray cayenne pepper around areas that you've spotted raccoon, rabbits or chipmunks.
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