Peter cottontail is the cute bunny that wanted to be the chief Easter Bunny in the 1971 motion animated television special. Cottontail rabbits seem harmless and are cute, but they can become pests for homeowners. They are called cottontail rabbits because of the underside of their tails. Their tails curl up against their lower back and are white, like a small piece of cotton. The tail is always the same regardless of the color of the rabbit. They can be gray to reddish brown and measure about 15 ½ to 18 ¾ inches.
Habitat; Where Do Cottontail Rabbits Live?
Cottontail rabbits are docile, skittish animals and are opportunistic feeders. These rabbits are almost totally mute and will communicate with each other by thumping their back feet against the ground. The only time you may hear them is if they are captured by a predator, where they may scream and screech. They don’t stray too far for home and usually live in an area that is about 9 acres in size. One female cottontail rabbit can have two to six litters a year, but this will depend on the length of the season and each litter will produce two to six young. Rabbits can be lots of fun to watch in the wild but if they decide to make a home around yours then you can have damage. Rabbits are herbivores and can damage gardens, landscaping, trees, bushes, fruits, berry trees and grasses.
Signs of Rabbits in Your Yard
If you notice fecal droppings that are round in shape and scattered all over your yard, you may have rabbits running around. These pellets will be about ¼ inch in diameter. You may notice gnaw marks on plastic irrigation lines. They will also dig holes in your yard as they build their burrows. Plants and vegetables that have been nibbled on is another indication you have rabbits running around your yard.
How to Keep Rabbits from Eating Flowers & Digging Holes in Your Garden
Rabbits do not invade homes but can do a number on your yard. There are a few steps you can take to protect your property. Barriers can be set up to keep them out. Wire cylinders can also be placed around trees and shrubs. This will keep them away from the bark. Fences can be placed into the ground to keep them from digging to get into your garden. These fences need to be buried six to ten inches below the ground and plastic irrigation lines can be hung out of reach or encased in ¾ inch PVC pipes.
Rabbit Inspections, Control & Removal in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego Counties, California
Populations of cottontail rabbits can explode and need to be dealt with correctly. These animals can also carry tularemia. This disease is rare, but humans and pets can get very sick if they come into contact with a sick rabbit or get bit by an infected tick or deer fly. Animal Pest Management Services has the experience needed to do the job. Call us today to solve any pest problems you’re having.