Deer Repellent Recipe for Success
The goal here is to find easy things to protect some area and keep the deer from eating, snacking, or grazing on something we don’t want them to. This article covers a bunch of ways for you to find the right recipe for success in applying a deer repellent that will work for you over the long term. We will talk about electric and electronic deer repellent devices such as Wireless Deer Fence, commercial products such as Liquid Fence and Deer Guard, deer repellent spray that are homemade remedies, natural deer repellent, and so much more. Here is the break down of the article;
- General Information on Deer Repellent
- Will a Fence keep Deer Out Homemade or Otherwise?
- What attracts the deer
- Most repellents look for a way to repel the deer by offending the following senses
- What you will find in a repellent
- Where to Apply the Deer Repellent
- Electronic Deer Repellent Sound Devices
- Problems with Deer Repellent
- Deer Repellent Natural Homemade Remedy
- Pet Friendly
- Deer Repellent Commercial Products
- Deer Repellent Recipe
- Rain Proof
Deers will adapt and get use to the deer repellent and therefore one solution will stop being effective over time. It doesn’t matter if it is a commercial product or a homemade remedy which both are all natural or how often you apply it. People that have been fighting the problem for long periods of time have found that changing the methods or what they use so the deer don’t get use to the repellent have the most success. This strategy really seems to work if there is another food source near by. They seem to give up and move on because it is the easy thing to do. That is the deer repellent recipe for success. You can debate it and dispute it and I am not claiming that there isn’t a rare case that this won’t work. I am claiming that if you follow this deer repellent recipe with the details that follow, your chance of success is very high like most people that have done this.
Deer can jump a six foot fence easily. It won’t matter if the fence is homemade or you have a professional install install it. Keep these things in mind when you are putting up a fence. The taller the better. Make sure it goes all the way to the gound because deer will crawl under a fence. If the fence is hard for the deer to see at night, there might run it over or push and knock it down if they get spooked and panic. Make sure they can see the fence and it appears as an obstacle. Try and install the fence that has the top with an outward slant away from the area you are protecting maing it harder to jump and it appears like a bigger obstacle. An electric fence can be a great electronic deer repellent but at a large expense. You can also use the fence to other deer repellents like mounting electric motion sensors that trigger sound or light to spook the deer. You can hang, spray, or apply many other deer repellent options on or around the fence. Remeber that deer are like most of us, they will pursue the easy things before the hard things. With that in mind, there is a comercial product on the market called Wireless Deer Fence that is an easy alternative to a deer fence that claims to have the same concept of a deer fence but not all the negatives of a deer fence. Check it out Wireless Deer Fence.
Deer are simply looking for something to eat and a safe place to eat at. The gardens we plant and cultivate produce great tasting and very lush vegetation for the deer to eat. The tress we plant, water, fertilize and maintain are just too good for the deer to pass up. Many times we are just creating a buffet for these deer to come onto our property and feast. Here is a site I found that lists a bunch of plants that deer prefer but I don’t really think it matters that much. If you have something to eat, the deer are going to come onto your property unless you do something to keep them away. Here is the site.
Those that have become successful over the long term have found that rotating these things as a repellent work the best. For example, some spray deer repellent smell just horrible while otheroffend with a fual taste. The key is to change to a different deer repellent so the deer won’t get use to any particular thing. They seem to just avoid your area and move on to easier targets and food sources. It is the easy thing to do. So the trick is to make sure you change the repellent before they start to get use to it. The time frame is around two to three weeks. Start off with a commercial spray deer repellent product that is designed to offend their sense of smell and taste for a couple of weeks then follow that with a motion or light repellent. Rotating between three different types of repellent seem to work the best on the deer. If the deer have other food sources available then a two to three month regiment of applying this deer repellent type strategy, deer seem to give up and you can stop using the repellent. Many people have found this deer repellent recipe very successful.
Deer repellent can be found in many forms that will offend the deer sences and keep them away from what ever you are trying to protect. Whether it is a special deer repellent recipe that you have formulated yourself with natural ingredients or a commecial product purchaed online from out of state to avoid paying sales tax, the main focus seems to be the same thing. Offend the deer’s sence of smell and taste. If you make a home remedy or get a commercial spray deer repellent product for a smell repellent it will have some of the following ingredients;
- Human Hair
- Strong Smelling Soaps
- Coyote Urine
- Large Bread Cats (Lions and Tigers)
- Fabric Softners
- Herbs, Spices, and Vinegar
If you are looking to create a taste recipe and if you look into a commercial spray deer repellent product to offend the taste you will find the following;
- Hot Spices
- Things that will burn the mouth
You only need to apply the deer repellent on or at the food source that the deer is attracted to. So you do not have to spray your entire property. There are many spray deer repellents that only need to be applied under dry circumstances which are water resistant. So you spray the foliage in the spring and early fall either with a foul smell or bad taste repellent. Motion, sound, or light repellents can be placed around the protected area and then periodically moved so the deer doesn’t get use to where they are and learn to avoid them or learn to expect them. Keep in mind that we are looking for easy things to do to repel the deer so will can stay diligent and win the deer repellent battle. The deer has to eat and therefore will never give up looking for food. Once you train the deer to avoid your protected area, it is easier to maintain that then to start all over. That is why it is very important that you find some easy things to do and inexpensive or cheap things to do so you don’t give up.
Electronic deer repellent sound devices produce some sort of audible sound designed to be a scare repellent. Some of the better sound repellents devices will randomly change the sound, pitch, volume, and anything else they can so the deer don’t get use to it. You should also move its location from time to time. This should just be one more thing you use to keep the deer away. Don’t use it all the time because the deer will learn that it just makes noise and doesn’t harm them. So if you are going to invest in an electronic deer repellent sound device, add to the things that you are going to rotate as part of your repellent recipe for success.
- Smell based repellent. They don’t work well below freezing tempetures because they give off very little oder.
- Taste based repellent. While it will last for a few months, it needs to constantly be applied to new growth. This can be a problem in the early spring when the plants you are protecting are growing fast.
- Sound based repellent. They are efeective short term because learn they are not harmed by them. Loud sounds will bother your neighbor and you.
You can see why it is important to have different types of deer repellents so you can over come the limitations of some and also prevent the deer from getting use to any particular one. Just another key to the deer repellent recipe for success.
- Bars of soap (late winter-early spring) (Sweethear, Lifebuoy, Dial, Ivory)(keep the wrapper on)
- Spray deer repellent should include some dish washing liquid soap. When it dries, it will stay on the foliage for a long time. Egg will do the same thing.
- Human or dog hair (put it in a nylon sock and hang it in the desired areas)
- Something that burns the mouth like peppers (make a home made hot sauce and spray it on the food source so it will burn the deers mouth)
- Motion sensor light (mae sure you put it at deer height so it hits their eyes directly)
- Fishing Line two feet off the ground surrounding the protected area (deer foraging at night will not see the fishing line and get spooked when they run into it.)
- Shiny things hung up that will reflect light will startle the deer during the day.
- Hanging things that will make noise when they move will spook the deer. You can hang them from the fishing line.
When we talk about whether or not a deer repellent is pet friendly I think we really need to use our common sense most of all. If I install a electronic deer repellent, like at hot wire along the fence and set it real high because deer are large, my little dog might not survive a jolt. If I install a electric deer repellent like a motion sensor that trips a light or sound of a tiger, that might scare my pet and deter it from going to that area of my property. So that might not be pet friendly but you could say it is still pet safe because it will not any physical harm to your pet. Most spray deer repellents that are designed to repel by taste or smell are also pet friendly. Read the labels carefully to make sure but they are deigned to be repellents and not poison. If you pet is a dog, most of them don’t go around and eat what a deer would. If your homemade deer repellent recipe includes something your dog my fancy then you might have to modify it or your dog will start eating your plants too. That could make it not so pet friendly depending on the outcome of what they eat and if they won’t stop eating it.
Here is a list of some spray deer repellent products. You should start there and test for results before investing in large quanties or investing a lot of time creating your own deer repellent recipe. Most commercial product and home recipes are natural deer repellents and are designed to repel and not injure the deer.
- Deer Guard (repels by taste and has no foul oder)
- Deer Off (repels by taste and oder)
- Liquid Fence (repels by oder)
- Tree Guard (repels by taste) changed name to Deer Guard
Here is a couple of sites that have a home recipe list of deer repellent. When you look at them they all are directed at effecting the deer sence of smell and taste. Just remeber that the deer repellent recipe for success is to vary the type of repellent so the deer does not get use to it. The recommendation here is to find something that you can also live with too. Don’t pick something that has a horrible smell and pray it right out side you open bedroom window.
There are many homemade deer repellent recipe options and it doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. It is important to understand what th different ingredients do to the deer and not to give up right a way. Here is a simple example.
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder (bitter taste)
- 1 egg (helps for it to stick and water proof where you apply)
- 1 liter of water (so you can spray it)
The point being, it is simple and inexpensive. Most of us have found that deer do not like egg or sour milk. You can add sour milk to this recipe and it is still simple. Read over a bunch of the deer repellent recipes and you will start to see some common thems then experiment with it. Pay close attention to the weather time of year. A lot of rain could wash away you newly famous family deer repellent recipe and you might think it is ineffective. Maybe you just needed to reapply or add something to make it more water proof.
The deer repellents that are liquid and you spray on can tolerate some rain but I think there are alway limitations. Most commercial spray deer repellent products make some sort of claim to this. Just read the label and use some common sense. For example, Tree Guard claims it lasts up to 100 days and is rain resistant.