Does the Deer Repellant Make the Cut?

If you’ve got deer visitors in your yard, chances are you’ve got deer destruction. And you need a good deer repellant.

Deer will tear into your garden or landscaping, even ripping away at trees as they stand on their hind legs. Unlike other animal pests, such as rabbits and rodents, deer don’t have upper incisors. While rabbits and rodents leave neat, sharp cuts, deer strip bark and leaves.

There are many different types of deer repellant. This post will review common methods for deer control and determine which make the cut, and which don’t, so you know how to best protect your yard from deer damage.


Hair as a Deer Repellant?

One of the most common homeopathic deer repellants is human hair. People will sprinkle hair around areas they want to keep deer away from.

When stacked up against other deer repellants, this one just doesn’t make the cut.

Not only is it not effective, but it’s gross. Human hair sprinkled around landscaping or in gardens does not make for an appealing yard – if it worked as a deer repellent, we would be more open to using it but it doesn’t do the job their either.  Moreover, it’s time-consuming. Getting the hair, usually from a barber or salon, will be a regular errand as the hair is easily washed or blown away in bad weather conditions.


Homemade Rotten Eggs

Homemade rotten eggs are another common deer repellant. While rotten eggs may be more effective than human hair, they aren’t any cleaner or more convenient. While your yard or garden may not be hairy, it will definitely be smelly. And, just like human hair, rotten eggs are easily washed away in bad weather because there is nothing to help it stick to your plants.


Commercial Deer Repellant

If you want to get the most out of rotten egg’s deer deterrent properties, your best bet is getting a commercial deer repellant.

The most effective deer repellants will contain putrescent egg, but in a formula that lasts because it has a sticker and dries odorless to humans.

Putrescent egg smells just like a decaying animal to the deer. When deer smell a dead animal, they stay away, since the smell often means a predator is nearby.

When selecting a commercial deer repellant, look for one that:

  • Repels deer using smell (putrescent egg) and taste (capsaicin): deer have highly sensitive taste and scent senses; using a deer repellant that targets both means better results
  • Is long lasting: the best deer repellant lasts for up to three months before needing a reapplication, saving you time and money

- Is easy-to-use: look for ready-to-use or concentrated formulas so you know the right amount you need to use to protect your area

- Has the OMRI logo: this means it’s been reviewed and approved for use in organic gardening

Another plus to using commercial deer repellant is it doubles as an effective rabbit repellant.


Deer-Proof Plants

Planting deer-proof plants doesn’t make the cut. Mainly because a hungry deer will eat pretty much anything, including plants thought to be deer-proof. Moreover, if you plant deer-proof plants, it doesn’t repel the deer. They’ll still eat the other plants right next to the deer-proof varieties.

Image Credited to Alfred Benway.

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