Rabbit Pests

Rabbits and hares are browsing animals that can cause great damage to newly planted seedlings, trees and vegetables.

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Rabbits and hares browse on the young shoots of all sorts of plants. Hares will strip the bark from newly planted trees. Both can cause great damage in garden particularly in rural areas of New Zealand.


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How to Stop Rabbits Browsing in Your Garden

  • Spray Thiram Fungus Control on seedling plants and trees immediately after planting.
  • A second application may be necessary to counteract excessive repellent weathering or to protect new spring growth.
  • New growth will need treatment as it emerges.

Did You Know Did You Know

  • Rabbits are regarded as a major pest in New Zealand. They have no native predators and have in the past boomed to huge numbers in rural grassland areas such as the McKenzie basin of Otago.
  • The rabbit calicivirus was introduced to New Zealand in 1997. It causes rabbit haemorrhagic disease and greatly reduced rabbit numbers rapidly. However, as the disease left resistant animals behind their breeding has, over time, increased the proportion of resistance in the population and rabbit numbers are on the increase again.

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