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How to Get Rid of Rabbits Living Under Your Deck

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how to get rid of rabbits living under

your deck

while you're enjoying yourself on your

deck you don't want to find a family of

rabbits enjoying themselves under your

deck an adult pair of rabbits can

produce three separate litters of two to

ten bunnies during the spring and summer

seasons you can see why a mildly

annoying nuisance can become a severe

problem in just a few months further if

wild rabbits make a nest under your deck

they eventually will die under your deck

the smell of rotting rabbit is

unpleasant to say the least learn how to

get rid of rabbits under your deck and

how to keep them out things you will

need

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panthro l two-by-four treated lumber

half by 8 inch steel bars slash nails 1

inch stainless steel or galvanized hex

Nutting chicken wire hammer wire cutters

galvanized nails drill find out exactly

what you're up against

look under the deck to see if there are

droppings if you see droppings you have

at least one rabbit living under your

deck if you see matted rabbit fur on the

ground you have a nest if there is a

nest you have several rabbits living

under your deck the rabbit is the

farmers worst nightmare and he wastes no

time eliminating the pests if you would

rather not kill the rabbits there are

other options spray repellents or your

dog may be deterrence but rabbits will

have a hard time resisting the safety of

living under your deck because it offers

excellent protection against predators

and whether you can humanely relocate

rabbits using traps but you will likely

need a trapping permit from your local

government

you can hire a professional exterminator

poison works too but then you have to

clean away the rotting dead bunny bodies

no matter which method you choose make

sure you have chased the rabbits out

from under your deck before you move on

to the next step remove any decorative

lattice that is installed around the

perimeter from the ground up to the deck

you will reinstall the lattice after you

install the steel netting using a hand

trowel dig a small trench about three

inches deep around the perimeter of your

deck installing the hex netting three

inches deep will keep rabbits from

crawling under it cut two by fours and

two three by four foot lengths do you

want to establish a base for installing

the chicken wire you do not need to

install an uninterrupted length of wood

around the entire perimeter of your deck

you only want to install enough so that

the chicken wire is firmly attached to

the deck drill 3/4 inch holes in the

center of the 2x4 is about every foot

lay the cut and drill two by fours on

the ground around the perimeter of the

deck just inside the trench work around

the posts and footings secure the wood

to the ground by hammering the steel

bars / nails into the ground

put on leather work gloves chicken wire

can cut your hands install the hex

netting starting where the deck meets

the outside wall of the house unroll the

chicken wire about two feet at a time

place the chicken wire so that the

bottom edges in the trench and touching

the secured two by fours attach the

chicken wire with hammer and galvanizing

nails to the two by fours and the outer

floor joist if the deck is high simply

nail the chicken wire to the posts make

sure the chicken wire is high enough

that the rabbits cannot jump over it

work around stairs by going underneath

them fill in the trench with dirt be

sure to bury the wire that extends below

the 2x4 replace or install new lattice

directly over the chicken wire tips

warnings

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the key is to get the chicken wire

around the entire perimeter of your deck

so that the rabbits cannot get

underneath it or over it be sure to use

leather gloves when working with chicken

wire you can get cut up pretty good

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