How to Use Deer Repellant

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 5, 2013)

Just the sight of deer can bring a smile to many people, and conjure up pleasant memories of days gone by watching movies like Bambi. However, anyone that has ever seen the damage that these graceful creatures can do to a garden, lawn, or even home is less likely to smile. One of the more effective methods for dealing with these potential pests is by learning how to use deer repellant. When properly used, deer repellant can greatly reduce the chances of damage done by these animals. All you need to do is make sure that you follow these guidelines. For the best possible results, utilize more than one method at the same time.

  • Remember what deer are. When most people try to deal with deer they usually focus on their grace, beauty, and ability to get into things. What these people are usually forgetting is that deer are a natural prey animal. This means that in the wild, they are used to having other creatures after them. As a result, they are typically rather skittish, and will bolt or run at the first sign of any potential predators. In effect, this is what all deer repellants are trying to duplicate.
  • Scent repellants. These types of deer repellant are extremely easy to use, but must be reapplied every couple of days. There are a number of scents that you can use to scare off deer, but your best results will be if you utilize a couple of them at the same time. Eggs (beaten and mixed with water), predator urine (which can be bought online, or at gardening stores) human hair, and even soap can all be used. Keep in mind that there are more, and almost all of these will need to be mixed with water and sprayed around to be effective.
  • Visual repellants. Oftentimes visual stimulants can cause a deer to be extremely hesitant about entering a particular area. Hanging some tinfoil, Mylar strips, metal cans, pie pans, or other sparkly items (such as a wind chimes or gazing balls) can all help scare off deer.
  • Noise repellants. Sometimes simply using some noises can help ensure that deer don't like to come around. One way that you can do this, and also improve the look of your yard, is by installing a bamboo fountain. Bamboo fountains have been used as a means for keeping deer out of Japanese gardens for generations, since the bamboo makes a knocking sound when the water is dumped out. Another method would be to have a pet dog (as long as it doesn't dig up your yard or garden). When it sees the deer it will help chase it off, and often just the sound of the dog playing will be enough to discourage a deer from coming around.
  • Commercial repellants. There are several different commercial repellants on the market scent, visual, and noise control methods. Most of them work fairly effectively, though you will want to make sure that you read, understand, and follow the directions carefully so that you don't inadvertently cause problems or damage anything.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Aloe Vera House Plants

While native to more tropical regions, Aloe Vera can also be a fantastic house plant. However, in order to get your Aloe Vera ...

Discover More

Preparing the Fireplace for the Season

Fireplaces, particularly wood burning ones, can add a touch of comfort and elegance to just about any room. The trick lies in ...

Discover More

Building a Dog Run

If you have a dog, then you no doubt know just how much they like to run around. Instead of having them run around your home, ...

Discover More

Fleas Don't Stand a Chance! Control fleas without having to spray your house or pet with harmful chemicals. The Victor Ultimate Flea Trap monitors and controls flea infestations quickly, safely, and easily. Eliminate your flea problems without the need to spray synthetic chemicals. Check out Victor Ultimate Flea Trap today!

More Pest Tips

Using Deer Repellent

Deer can eat up to 8 pounds of plants and shrubs per day, a small herd can do immeasurable damage in a short amount of time. ...

Discover More

Keeping Raccoons Out of Your Garbage

Don't make it easy for raccoons to enjoy feasting on your garbage. Remove their water source and double-bag pungent garbage. ...

Discover More

Bat Removal

Bats can be carriers of disease. If bats are residing in your home, it is essential to evacuate them immediately.

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 4 + 1?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)