Another deer repellent idea to try

nandina(8b)September 17, 2001

I have been watching with great interest the extreme efforts a friend has made to repel deer. Nothing worked. She tried them all. Her problem is so severe that the deer climb ten steps onto the porch and attack her hanging baskets.

This spring she was in K-Mart and spotted an inexpensive form of the blue Tidy Bowl gizmo that you hang in the toilet tank at about $.50 apiece. Desperate to solve her deer problem she bought a few and hung them in places she wished to protect. Deer damage stopped.

Feeling brave she then planted a row of begonias along the front of the house and placed several of these blue toilet sanitizers just under the pine straw mulch. No deer damage to date after two months. Other nearby gardeners are now trialing her discovery with reported good results.

This idea is worth posting for a larger group to experiment with and report observations.

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Martona

This makes sense to me since it may fit with the concept of "Camouflage Gardening" using scent barriers (created by using a variety of strongly aromatic plants, shrubs & herbs throughout the garden.)

Thanks, Nandina! I'll trial this in clients' yards with hungry deer herds this fall & let you know how it went.

~Martie

    Bookmark   September 19, 2001 at 3:40PM
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rem223_parkercounty_net

I know a gardener who sits a cheap TV out by the garden and leaves it on at night. Apparently, the voices keep the deer at bay.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2001 at 9:36PM
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billybob_hotmail_com

Deer will get accustomed to a radio that plays all night. I have tried the following with sucess: Set up a motion detector but instead of using a light bulb, plug in a radio. Put the motion detector in test mode. A deer approaches and the radio comes on for 5 seconds. The deer stops. The deer moves and the radio comes on again for 5 seconds. It really spooks them.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2001 at 5:08PM
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BelindaM(z8 La)

okay I also have a big deer problem. I get bars of Irish Spring soap. I cut them in quarters,and make what I call soap on a rope. I use wire to hang them from plants and trees. It really works. A small tree takes four soap on a ropes. You can also just put bits in your garden area.
Belinda

    Bookmark   October 30, 2001 at 12:12AM
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hartles_oneonta_edu

I live smack dab in the middle of a small town and we have developed quite the deerherd that comes down from the woods and roams the streets (when, I don't know, probably early early morning since I have never seen a deer, only the nibbled plants that they left behind) and dines at their leisure.

Since fencing my yard was not a practical option I tried a number of folk remedies including moth balls, hot pepper, "Not Tonight Deer", etc. As far as I could tell, none had any long term effect and the munching continued.

The day before I ordered my Ouzi and camos, I attended a Spring plant day organized by my local Cooperative Extension and picked up a couple of newsletters. One had a very simple remedy for a deer repellent in it.

Damage was beginning to escalate since I apparently had the tastiest selection in the neighborhood. I decided to try the repellent recipe. I bought one and one half dozen eggs and cracked them into a bowl. I beat them enough to break the yolks and mixed the white and the yolk thoroughly.

I stretched a piece of cheesecloth over the mouth of a jumbo size mayonnaise jar and held it in place with a large rubber band (final container has to hold a little more than two quarts of liquid). I poured the eggs through the cheese cloth. The cheese cloth caught the big slimy bits and I threw it away. I added two quarts of water to the beaten eggs in the jar and mixed them together. I used a funnel to pour the egg mixture into a cleaned out Windex sprayer (any sprayer that can be adjusted to spray a mist can be used) and sprayed every plant in my yard, leaves and all.

I didn't drench the plant, I just tried to leave a light coating on most of it up to the height of a tall deer. I refilled the bottle and kept spraying until I used all the egg mixture up.

I swear I had no more deer damage at all the whole summer. This stuff lasted through rain just fine and I have not reapplied it.

Why did this work? Well, the guy who submitted the recipe said he thinks it's because deer have a very keen sense of smell and rotting eggs don't smell very good. The smell to humans is very faint to begin with and non existent after several days. I did not have to reapply for the same reason you have to scrub so hard to get eggs out of pans . . . egg really sticks and it's hard to wash off! I also applied it on a clear day and the egg had a good few days to dry and get adheared before it rained. I should point out that dried eggs are the basis of "Not Tonight Deer" but I found it very expensive and hard to mix and apply.

The man who submitted the recipe has a commercial Christmas tree grove and suffered costly and unsightly damage to his trees every year until he tried this. He sprayed only the surrounding outside row of trees and claims that three years later deer still avoid his trees to the point that they won't walk past the smelly outside trees to get to the untreated inside trees.

Sorry to write such a long answer but I wanted to be clear on how to try this. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to this guy as he really saved my whole yard and garden. I wanted to pass it on. Its such a wonderful solution . . . it's organic, it's earth friendly, it's long lasting, it's cheap and it does not involve hurting or injuring the deer.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2001 at 1:57PM
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sydk(z5 MA)

Has anyone tried styrofoam coyotes? They work well keeping the geese away.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2004 at 5:45PM
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lagrangeny(z6 NY)

some people in more rural areas just shoot all the deer when nobody is looking, then bury them so no one can ever find them. I do know that they do shoot alot of vegetable stealing rabbits and that puts the end to that.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2004 at 7:59PM
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Esopus(6)

Thank you Su5 for sharing the idea. I'll make sure to try it!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2005 at 12:53AM
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glenncountry_gmail_com

I use to go bow hunting for deer in the fall sitting high in a tree. Any time an approaching deer was downwind from me it would stick its nose in the air snort and take off. HUMAN SCENT. Every spring I make a large garden out back in deer country. Before planting I always see fresh deer tracks in the newly worked soil each morning. Remembering my hunting experience I drive a metal post in each corner of the garden and one in the center. On each post I hang an old t shirt or other piece of clothing that I have worked or played in. Get sweaty in it. I have also used well worn caps or even smelly sox. Items cannot be launderd. I never see a deer track again all year. I have done this over 10 years with great success. The human scent keeps the deer away. Replace them every couple weeks. My preference is funky sox.I

    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 8:20PM
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