Peppermint oil to repel deer?

chateauclubcrestJune 29, 2005

I read somewhere that peppermint oil sprayed on plants will also help repel deer. Has anyone tried this? Where does one buy peppermint oil? Surely there is an alternative to the ultra pricey essential oils in the health food store.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Have not heard of peppermint oil as a deer repellant,but there sure are a bundle of other products out there. Is there any reason you want to use peppermint oil?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2005 at 11:38PM
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babzclare

Well that would certainly give the deer minty fresh breath...: ) sorry-I don't know about the peppermint oil-that sounds like it would be very expensive if you have alot of plants. If you would consider other repellant ideas, I make a simple one from water and eggs. I can make several gallons from just one egg. I mix it in a 2 gallon jug and let it sit just a couple days-the longer it sits the more concentrated it is. The mixture smells....well.. rotten, until it dries then I just reapply after each rainfall...we're having a drought so I haven't done that in weeks but just to make sure I still apply it. I have intact hostas and hydrangeas,two of the most sought after salad greens for deer and I live on the border of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park if that tells you anything.We get deer.
My neighbor has daylilies that are chomped to the stem but mine just 20 feet away are intact. Need I say more? It's cheap;it works.

~Babs

    Bookmark   July 11, 2005 at 11:59PM
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