Have rabbit problems? Learn all about these animals, including the many different species of rabbits you may find near your home or business, and your options to eradicate and prevent them.

RABBIT FACTS

Adult cottontail rabbits are 15-19 inches long and weigh 2-4 pounds. The ears are large and the hind feet are larger and longer than the front feet. Color range is gray to brownish gray. The tail of this rabbit looks like a tuft of cotton, giving this rabbit its name.

The cottontail's habitat is wherever there is long grass or brush to serve as cover and an adequate food supply. Cottontails usually spend their entire lives in an area the size of ten acres or less and rarely move farther than a mile, seasonally, because of the scarcity of food supply.

The eastern cottontail rabbit is found in the entire area east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. This type of rabbit is also found in the southern parts of Canada, parts of Mexico and South America.

Cottontails are herbivores. Any living plant is potential food for them. Garden crops, flowers and ornamental plants are common targets in urban areas. In the wild, cottontails survive on a variety of vegetable material.

SIGNS OF RABBITS

The presence of a cottontail is usually characterized by damage to garden plants, ornamental flowers, and shrubs.

The appearance of gnawed older woody growth, clean cut clippings of young stems, distinctive dark brown, round, pea-size droppings and tracks of cottontail identify their presence.

RABBIT TRAPPING TIPS

Cottontails are relatively easy to catch alive with cage traps such as the Kness Kage-All® Small Animal Trap.

Set cage traps in garden and yard areas where rabbits are a problem.

Light concealment of the trap is recommended. Set the Kness Kage-All® between bushes or between garden rows.

Carrots and apples make good bait for cottontail rabbits. Cut the bait into small pieces and create a trail leading into the trap, making sure the bait is visible to the animal. After the rabbit is trapped, relocate the animal a significant distance away.

More than half the world’s rabbit population can be found in North America. In total, there are about 16 different rabbit species in the Americas, and of those 16, there are about eight species in the United States. The most common rabbits in the U.S. are the eastern cottontail and white-tailed jackrabbit.

The cottontail rabbit's habitat is wherever there is long grass or brush to serve as cover and adequate food supply. Cottontails usually spend their entire lives in an area the size of ten acres or less and rarely move farther than a mile, seasonally, because of the scarcity of food supply.

The eastern cottontail rabbit is found in the entire area east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. This type of rabbit is also found in the southern parts of Canada, parts of Mexico, and South America.

Cottontails are herbivores. Any living plant is potential food for them. Garden crops, flowers, and ornamental plants are common targets in urban areas. In the wild, cottontails survive on a variety of vegetable material.

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What You Need To Know About The Eastern Cottontail

  • What do eastern cottontails look like?

    • 15.5 to 18.75 inches long

    • Reddish-brown to gray colored fur

    • Distinctive “cotton ball” tail tuft of fur

  • What do eastern cottontails eat?

    • They are herbivores

    • Look for grasses, herbs, and garden crops such as peas and lettuce

  • Where do eastern cottontails live?

    • They can be found throughout North America

    • Can adapt to human habitats

What You Need To Know About Acrobat Ant Infestations

  • What are the signs of an acrobat ant infestation?

    • Notice damage to plants (clean cuts on plants)

    • Active at dawn and dusk

    • Rabbit scat (¼ inch round pellets)

  • Why do eastern cottontails invade my property?

    • Food availability

    • Shelter availability

  • How do I get rid of eastern cottontails?

    • First, check local laws on trapping and relocating rabbits

    • Consult a pest professional

    • Use a live trap like the Kage-All® Small Animal Trap to capture and relocate the rabbit

    • Carrots and apples make good bait for cottontail rabbits

Tips To Prevent Eastern Cottontail Infestations

    • Add chicken wire fencing around your garden

    • Remove piles of junk and brush that can be used as a shelter

The white-tail jackrabbit is one of the largest hares in North America. They are noted for their white tail and large ears. This animal lives a more solitary life than rabbits. The jackrabbit has excellent hearing and vision. It can sense vibrations with its whiskers. While generally quiet, this species has been known to make a high-pitched sound when captured or injured.

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What You Need To Know About The White-Tailed Jackrabbit

  • What do white-tailed jackrabbits look like?

    • 22 to 26 inches long

    • Large black-tipped gray ears

    • Dark-brown to gray colored fur

    • A white tail with a dark central stripe

  • What do white-tailed jackrabbits eat?

    • They are herbivores

    • Look for grasses, herbs, and garden crops such as peas and lettuce

  • Where do white-tailed jackrabbits live?

    • They can be found throughout North America

    • Can adapt to human habitats

What You Need To Know About The White-Tailed Jackrabbit

  • What are the signs of a white-tailed jackrabbit infestation?

    • Notice damage to plants (clean cuts on plants)

    • Active during night time

    • Scat (¼ inch round pellets)

  • Why do white-tailed jackrabbits invade my property?

    • Food availability

    • Shelter availability

  • How do I get rid of white-tailed jackrabbits?

    • First, check local laws on trapping and relocating rabbits

    • Consult a pest professional

    • Use a live trap like the Kage-All® Small Animal Trap to capture and relocate the rabbit

    • Carrots and apples make good bait for cottontail rabbits

Tips To Prevent White-Tailed Jackrabbit Infestations

    • Add chicken wire fencing around your garden

    • Remove piles of junk and brush that can be used as a shelter

Rabbits are relatively easy to catch alive with cage traps such as the Kness Kage-All® Small Animal Trap. Set cage traps in garden and yard areas where rabbits are a problem.

Light concealment of the trap is recommended. Set the Kness Kage-All® between bushes or between garden rows.

Carrots and apples make good bait for rabbits. Cut the bait into small pieces and create a trail leading into the trap, making sure the bait is visible to the animal. After the rabbit is trapped, relocate the animal a significant distance away.

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