Fact: Most deer repellents contain things like cayenne pepper, garlic, and sulfur – useful for keeping deer out of your plant garden.
Abstract: Anybody who has tended a garden or plans to do so knows that deer are no joke. They might seem harmless, but many times gardeners wake up to half-eaten gardens and curse deer for it. There is not one vegetable that deer do not enjoy eating, especially if they are fresh off the vine. So get the facts about deer repellents to make your household agriculture more secure and deer-resistant. Many vouch for homemade recipes, while others prefer to buy repellents at the store. Others may want to build physical protection. Find out which method is right for you and get the facts.
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Cute creatures, cruel damage
In any areas where there is wildlife, deer can be seen all around. They are the reason for many accidents on the road as well as many ruined gardens. Although we cannot stand to hate these creatures, many times measures must be taken in order to keep them out of our garden. Here we break down the ways to do so into simple categories:
- Physical coverage: this includes fences and netting, as well as wire, tarp covers, and the such. However, this cover much by tall enough to keep deer out, seeing as how they can jump up to 12 feet in the air.
- Scare noises: Many have tried this way of keeping deer out of the garden, but least to say it is not the most effective way. This category involves things like a dog to scare away the deer, or motion triggered equipment that will go off once the deer enters the yard.
- Repellents: This is said to be perhaps the most effective way of deterring deer, although it is also the smelliest. Below you will see facts about deer repellents and how they are used.
The United States Department of Agriculture lately posted about ongoing research regarding wildlife and habitat of agricultural regions. Research is being done to help prevent and reverse damage from animals such as deer, bears, beavers, etc.
Repel deer effectively
The repellent industry in the United States is a multi-million dollar one. This emphasizes the need for an effective deer repellent for every gardener. It is difficult to state whether one commercial product is better than another, because gardeners have reported many mixed results. Some deer are repelled by certain scents while others do not notice them. Some repellents are considered safe for some crops and trees, while others are not. It is necessary to research about all the facts about specific deer repellents available on the market, such as Deer-Away® and Ro-pel®. In the meantime, let’s consider some homemade remedies dubbed effective by many.
Homemade deer repellents
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources suggests natural repellents for deer in the garden. Two of the most popular are hair bags and soap bars, explained briefly below:
- Hair bags contain human hair in a mesh bag. These can be hung from frees seasonally (in the spring) and swapped every month. This is meant to repel deer because they are known to stay away from odors of humans, which are strongly present in hair.
- Soap bars can also be hung from branches of trees close to the garden or anywhere in the yard. They are said to be more effective if many are hung close to each other. The strong scent should repel deer away.
Other sources indicate other alternatives that are homemade and repel deer from eating vegetable, fruit, or plant crops in the yard. Below listed are some others:
- Homemade sprays containing rotten eggs, garlic, and spicy pepper are effective in keeping deer from eating your garden items. These can be made in the kitchen but beware – their smell is not pleasant! Some deer can withstand the smell if they are hungry enough, but most will be turned off from ruining your garden.
If you do not wish to make your own deer repellent products, take it from the experts. According to a study done by Rutgers University, out of 35 spray repellents, Deer Off is voted to be the most effective.
Want to hear about other alternatives? See the testimonies of a patented system for repelling deer called The Wireless Deer Fence.
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