Best Deer Repellent

deer repellentIn this article we will discuss the best deer repellent available to consumers as well as ways to keep your plants safe from animals. Deer are common throughout the United States, in rural and suburban areas. They have large appetites, and enjoy feasting on small plants, flowers, shrubs and saplings.  The enjoyment of watching these majestic and graceful creatures is often cut short by the damage they cause on trees, ornamental gardens, and fruit and vegetable gardens.

The undisputable best way to keep deer away from plants is with a fence or other physical barrier, but many gardeners seek out an effective repellent rather than a physical barrier. An effective repellent can work almost as well as a fence, without the cost, unsightliness, or inconvenience than can sometimes accompany fences or walls.

Based on experiments, case studies, and consumer reviews, the best deer repellent is an easy to make mixture of raw chicken eggs and water.  A variety of recipes are available online, with varying proportions and added ingredients.  The repellent is considered best for its effectiveness in deterring deer, and boasts added advantages, including its friendliness to the environment, the simplicity of the recipe, its low cost, and because it is animal-friendly, as opposed to repellents made from wolf or coyote urine.

One raw egg should be mixed slowly with anywhere from one cup to one gallon of water. After mixing, the solution can be left out in the sun for a while to strengthen the smell of the eggs. The putrid smell is what keeps the deer away. While humans will not be bothered by the smell once it is applied to the plants, a sensitive deer nose will detect it for a long time. When ready, the solution should be transferred into a mustard bottle or other container that facilitates an easy application to the plants.

Some variations to the recipe include adding a small amount of cooking oil, which may help the solution cling to the leaves, adding hot peppers or other spicy food to it, like garlic or cinnamon.

The egg and water solution should be sprinkled liberally on leaves and trunks of trees that have been vulnerable to deer damage, avoiding direct contact with any leaf, fruit, or vegetable that is meant for human consumption. Every bit of the solution should be used or thrown out, and the containers used for the solution should be thoroughly washed for re-use, or discarded. Because raw eggs can contain salmonella, anyone handling the solution should also wash their hands thoroughly.

Deer will avoid any plant with this solution on it, but the deer will return to eat the plants after the solution is washed off by sprinklers or rain, so it is important to be diligent about reapplying it after rainfall or watering, and reapplied regularly as it wears off.

Deer are habitual animals, and return to feeding locations regularly. Once their habit of eating in one garden is broken, and they have established a new eating habitat, gardener can relax their thoroughness, but should continue to spray the plants regularly.

The egg-and-water solution has proven to be more effective than soap and water solutions, human hair, and commercial products on the market. So, as it stands, based on university studies, the best deer repellent should comprise of a formula made with eggs.

Brad

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