Homemade Deer Repellents

Are Homemade Deer Repellents Effective?

Are Homemade Deer Repellents Effective?

Searching the internet for Homemade Deer Repellents returns 43,900 results on Google.  That is a lot of pages to look through to determine which of the thousands of homemade repellents are effective, easy and safe.  In this article we will save you some of the work by providing to you what we think are the best recipes and tips for using them.

Homemade Deer Repellents – The Basics

Is it possible to identify a list of ingredients that are common to many of the effective homemade deer repellents? Yes, we think so and have created a list below of those common ingredients categorized by the reason for their use:

  • To Make the Repellent Sticky
    • Liquid Dish Soap

Liquid soaps such as dish soap make a good base for sprayable our pourable deer repellents.  The viscosity of the soap helps the repellent stick to the leaves of the plants to which it is being applied.

  • To Make the Repellent Stink
    • Eggs
    • Garlic
    • Scented Soap
    • Dairy Products

Deer dislike the strong sulphur smell of rotten eggs.  There is some evidence that the scent is similar to that of decaying animal protein which the deer may associate with a carcass left by a nearby predator.  In general, strong odors like that of garlic and soured dairy products are not well-tolerated by deer and may convince them to find greener pastures.

  • To Scare the Deer
    • Blood Meal
    • Human Hair

The scent of blood, it is believed, is equated by deer to be the leftovers of a predator’s meal.  Because deer are very sensitive to the potential presence of hiding predators they tend to stay clear of an area that displays the evidence of a predator’s activities.  Likewise, deer can be skittish of contact with humans.  The scent of human hair may be enough to convince encroaching deer that the area is not safe for them.  As the pressure for deer to find new food sources grows, their shyness of humans decreases.  Old tricks such as human hair may become less effective in the future.

  • To Make the Repellent Taste Bad
    • Cayenne Pepper

Bad tastes or spicy sensations are not well-tolerated by deer.  Biting into a tasty looking leaf and finding it coated with cayenne will stop a deer from munching further on that particular leaf.  That is not to say that the deer won’t simply move on to the next non-treated plant.

A Simple Homemade Deer Repellent Recipe

  • 1 egg
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, crushed to release their scent
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt or milk
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • Mix ingredients is a gallon jug
  • Apply to plants you wish to protect

Remember to reapply after a rain or every two weeks.  If it is near harvest time, you may wish not to apply the mixture directly to any vegetables you plan to eat.

Simple Way to Enhance Your Homemade Repellent

All natural Deer Repellent Packs are a simple to use and affordable way to enhance the effectiveness of your homemade repellents, or to replace them all-together.  The packs utilize the scent of a deer’s worst enemy to convince them that the area being protected is unsafe due to the presence of a predator.  The packs simply hang on or around your plants or lawn and deliver up to 90 days of protection  To learn more about the packs, visit http://www.deerrepellentpacks.com.

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