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Do Rabbit Droppings Attract Mice or Rats?


By: Dr Gareth Evans — Updated: 1 Oct 2020 | *Discuss

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Do rabbit droppings or rabbits attract rats or mice?

(R.A, 6 July 2009)

The short answer to your question is yes, they can, but then so can a lot of other things – even in the tidiest of gardens – including compost heaps, wild-bird feeders and chicken houses.

Rats have been living in shadowy parallel alongside us for centuries and the bottom line is that they’re really very, very good at what they do; few animals can match them for adaptability and readiness to spot a golden opportunity. Unfortunately, this often means they see our homes as the ideal chance for a free lunch (and breakfast, dinner and supper besides) – especially if we keep pets that eat broadly the same kind of food that they do.

However, just because rabbits can attract rats, it doesn’t automatically mean that they have to; fortunately there are precautions that you can take that should minimise the risk, and with these wily expert scavengers, it always pays to be on your guard.

Don’t Send Out an Invitation!

The most effective way to avoid attracting rats is to make sure you’re not sending them an open invitation. The trick is not to advertise and don’t make it too easy for them to get an easy meal.

Rats have a very good sense of smell and old country lore has it that they can smell chickens from a mile or more away. Cleanliness is a powerful weapon in the fight to keep your rabbit hutches and pens rat-free so it’s vital to ensure you regularly remove uneaten food, droppings, soiled shavings and old bedding – and ideally dispose of it in a sealed bag, inside a bin with a secure lid. You’ll never mask the smell of rabbits entirely, or any other pet for that matter, but with simple good hygiene, you should be able to make it seem less enticing to ratty and his friends!

Depending on how many rabbits you have, or you’re thinking of keeping, you’ll often find that bulk-buying feed makes obvious economic sense – but take care how you store it. Soft paper sacks of lovely fresh grain in an outbuilding that hardly ever gets visited is a bonanza for a rat, so keep your pet-food supply in a secure, rat-proof container – ideally made from strong metal, as the gnawing ability of rats is rightly legendary.

Precautions and Pest Control

Even if you’ve never seen a rat around your rabbits, it’s important to stay vigilant. Some rabbit keepers have reported very good results with ultrasonic anti-rat devices, so long as they are aimed away from the rabbits themselves. Others work on the basis of using bait stations in the same way as gardeners use slug pellets; they may not be aware of a particular problem, but it’s a great way to ensure that one doesn’t develop.

Which approach you take obviously depends on your own personal circumstances, but if you do opt for using poison, it’s essential to use it correctly, so be sure to read the instructions carefully and then follow them – especially if there are children or other pets to consider.

The thought of rolling out the red-carpet to a bunch of free-loading wild rats is, clearly, a repugnant one, but with a little forethought and a few simple precautions, you should be able to keep the hungry hordes at bay. You certainly needn’t let the fear of these pests put you off the idea of keeping pet rabbits if that’s what you really want to do.

Cockroaches And Rabbits – How to Prevent And Get Rid Of Cockroaches

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Disclosure: We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. Seeing cockroaches roaming around your rabbits all the time can is gross and also a little scary. However, you can take care of cockroaches in your rabbit hutch after taking some preventive measures. Let’s explore how cockroaches affect rabbits and explore different ways to get rid of them. You can keep the cockroaches away from rabbits by cleaning the pen properly and regularly. Dampness and food attract cockroaches to a rabbit’s hutch. By ventilating the hutch properly and avoiding excess food your rabbit’s cage can be cockroach-free. A cockroach infestation in an outdoor rabbit hutch is usually considered a trivial problem. Yet, you cannot turn a blind eye to them as cockroaches can transmit diseases and affect rabbits’ health. Just as importantly, if you have cockroaches thriving outside of your home, it won’t be long until they find their way inside.

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Are Cockroaches Dangerous to Rabbits?

A few cockroaches around your rabbits are not harmful to your rabbits. Rarely, rabbits get food poisoning due to cockroaches’ excretion. But their constant presence may lead to various health complications including allergies, indigestion, and red itchy skin in rabbits. Cockroaches are likely to be found in or outside the house, near the rabbits’ pen, near the rabbit’s food bowls, and nipping on the fallen food crumbs, by the litter box and hiding in the rabbits’ bedding. They may leave their feces and secretions in these places.

10 Tips Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Rabbit’s Hutch

1. Clean The Infested Areas

Stinky places full of grease, litter, waste, and garbage are perfect home homes for pests, especially for cockroaches. They consume waste and lay eggs in these places. Therefore, cleaning is the primary strategy to wipe out cockroaches in your rabbit’s hutch.

10. Use Pesticides

In tough situations, when no other solution is solving the cockroach infestation in your rabbit hutch, you have to consider extreme solutions. It might be time to consult with a pest control professional. Pest control professionals use different highly regulated yet super effective pesticides to kill all kinds of insects, including cockroaches. However, these pesticides are not always safe for rabbits or even people. Using pesticides around your rabbit should be your last resort. Keep in mind that you don’t have to protect your bunny only from the pesticide, you need to protect them from the temptation to chew on the dead cockroaches and other bugs that were done in by the toxic pesticide. I strongly recommend that you remove your rabbit from the area during the pesticide treatment and for a period of time afterward. When it’s safe for you to return to the treated area, you need to meticulously clean your rabbit’s space. This includes removing all dead insects which are full of toxic pesticides and washing not only your rabbit’s food and water containers but all the surfaces that they might be tempted to lick. Once again, I want to stress that using pesticides to deal with cockroaches in your rabbit’s home should be a last resort. If you need to do this, take the extra time to protect your bunny from the poison. ~Stacey

Stacey My name is Stacey Davis and my family has kept rabbits for decades. Here on we share our love of rabbits, our experience, and lots of research to help you enjoy your pet bunny even more.

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Mary Dreger says:

We rescued a wild rabbit that made us her family. We felt so blessed to be chosen by her. Sadly, I found her passed away in her crate this morning. The exterminators that came assured me that what they used was harmless to rabbits. There was no other indication for the reason for her death except her getting into the poison the exterminators left. This infuriates me and has left our family shattered over the loss of our sweet Echo. We will never use exterminators again. They are not educated

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