Facts, Identification & Control
Rabbits are members of the order Lagomorpha and Family Leporidae. These small to medium-sized mammals are familiar to humans. Various species exist around the world. The most commonly encountered species is the cottontail rabbit.
Behavior, Diet & Habits
Rabbits are small, furry creatures which many consider, at most, a nuisance. They don’t invade homes. They can cause damage to gardens and ornamental plantings. These are docile, skittish animals. Rabbits, like most animals, are opportunistic feeders. They prefer various types of vegetation and sections of woody plants and certainly won’t pass on an opportunity to dine on landscaping in an open garden. Rabbits don’t like to travel far for their meals, so, if possible, they likely have a residence close by. Most breeds choose to live in burrows, but some will make a home above ground. Areas with piles of debris, thick vegetation or heavy brush are likely places to find them.
In cottontail rabbits, females can produce two to six litters a year, depending on season length. The number of young also varies from two to six for the same reasons.
Signs of a Rabbit Infestation
Rabbits are capable of stripping gardens and vegetation which would be visible sign of their presence. The rabbits and their pellets would be other signs.
Controlling rabbits is an uncomplicated process and can be done, with the help of a professional in some cases. The recommended method is habitat removal. With dense areas of growth removed, rabbits will relocate to new areas to live, feed and breed. This will impact rabbit activity in the present and future. Another method of exclusion is wire fencing. This will help protect specific areas, but does little to affect rabbit behavior.