solution can be as simple as planting the right plants in the area or
using natural repellants to keep these visitors away from areas you don't
want them in.
Deer do not like the taste of a number of landscape plants unless they are
hungry. If deer are hungry or if there is an extreme shortage of natural
food, few plant species are totally resistant to deer.
Steps to Prevent Deer Damage
Many times a particular odor or taste repels deer. It must be fresh to be
effective. There are many products available from local home
improvement and garden centers. The Division of Fish , Game, and
Wildlife do recommend Hinder and Magic Circle.
Deer Resistant Plants
Certain plants will not only beautify your yard but they can also
serve as a natural repellent to deer. A list of deer "resistant"
plants can be downloaded by clicking on the link above. Deer also
see in color (dogs and many other mammals don't) so they are attracted to
some brightly colored plants. . Remember that no plant is entirely deer
proof and if a deer is hungry enough they will probably eat most plants
found in our area. You will need Adobe Reader to view the downloaded file.
Fences or Netting
The most effective way to keep deer out of small areas is with a fence or
netting. Since deer can easily clear a 6 foot fence an effective
fence would need to be 7 to 8 feet high which is well above the height
allowed by most local ordinances. As with many of the
recommendations here, presenting an obstacle to the deer in itself is a
deterrent since if they can find food at a more accessible site, they will
more than likely just pass you by.
Big Game Repellent (Deer Away)
repels by odor made from eggs that only deer can smell and lasts up to two
months, even in the rain. It should not be used on edible crops and is EPA
registered. It may be purchased at Agway.
Bonide Rabbit-Deer Repellent and Bulb Saver
This repels by taste. Use this repellent for shrubs, evergreens, trees,
and fruit trees by spraying, brushing, or dipping the branches. It will
last three to six months. This can is available from the Bonide Chemical
Company, 2 Wurz Ave., Yorkville, NY 13495. Telephone Number 315-736-8231
This repels by taste. Use this repellent on fruit trees and some
evergreens by spraying, brushing, or dipping the branches. This repellents
disadvantage is that it leaves a white residue on the plants due to its
egg white consistency. This is available from the Nott Mfg. Co., P.O. Box
685, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569. Telephone #: 914-635-3243.
This repels by odor from a soap-based formula. It must be reapplied after
heavy rains. Recommended in the summer months. The Division of Fish, Game
and Wildlife recommends this repellent. If you go to their facility, they
will provide you one free sample. They can be reached at 908-735-8793.
This repellent can be purchased at Agway.
Use this repellent on ornamental plants and flowers. It is long lasting,
non-burning, and leaves no harmful residue. Withstands rain and normal
hosing. Deer repellent and plant nutrient. This repellent can be found in
String bars of deodorant soap on wire and hang them on outer tree
branches. Leave the wrapper on the soap to last longer. Soap is best for
the orchard or newly planted trees.
Deer do not like the smell of eggs and in fact eggs are the primary
ingredient a a few of the commercially available repellants. Use
this as a spray, mixing 18 eggs in 5 gallons of water. The smell is too
faint for humans, yet deer will be repelled by the smell.
this as a spray mixing 1 to 2 tablespoons of Tabasco sauce and 2
tablespoons anti-desiccant in one gallon of water. Reapply after it rains.
approximately two large handfuls of human hair. Hang the hair in a 1/8
inch or less mesh (i.e., nylon stocking) and place it on the outer tree
Some products that are used as Deer Repellents that do not use
animal products include Ro-pel, Deer-Off and Mole-Med.
Products to Avoid
Many stores carry products made out of animal urine. These are not only
messy and expensive to use, but very expensive as well. Not only is
it ineffective but the collection of urine from animals is also often a