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General Application Question & Answers Tips
Q&A – Can the repellent be sprayed onto finished surfaces like siding? No. In order to protect buildings, a granular repellent should be used on the ground around the building’s perimeter. The repellent sprays should not be used on siding or brick because it can stain. Always spot test areas before full application.
Q&A – Can flowers be sprayed with the repellent? Yes. Depending on the repellent type. Some flowers may be affected differently than others, so it is always best to test a little bit of the spray and let it sit over night before spraying it onto a large number of flowers. Most flowers will not be adversely affected by the repellent.
Q&A – Will animals learn to ignore the spray after time? Depends on the repellent being applied buy probably not. Using a quality spray that works well is the best defense. Switching and alternating repellents is not necessary with Nature’s MACE™. Heavier applications are recommended for creating a more effective strategy for repelling animals.
Q&A – Where will the animals go when my yard is protected with repellent? The animals are looking for readily available environment, so with your home and plants protected, they will go somewhere close by with food—perhaps a neighbor’s, a wooded area, or a nearby park.
Q&A – When should repellent be reapplied? Depending on the application, most repellents generally last between 7 to thirty days, but it should be applied more often after heavy rain, or after there has been rapid new plant growth with unprotected new leaves.
Q&A – Why is Nature’s MACE™ the best repellent available? Nature’s MACE™ products have been formulated with a unique and tested combination of active ingredients that have been proven to be long-lasting and effective at deterring a variety of nuisance rodents and animals. The special formulas deter nuisance rodents and animals using both taste and scent, unlike inferior products that only use scent to repel. Nature’s MACE™ products are the most effective products available, and they are also organic, safe to use on plants and around pets, family and easy to use.
Q&A – Is Nature’s MACE™ safe for my lawn? Yes, Nature’s MACE is safe to use on any type of grass. To protect your lawn from burning, any liquids should NOT be sprayed during the hottest times of day. Always test a small section of grass for product compatibility before full application.
Q&A – What repellents are safe for my vegetable garden? Although sprays are nontoxic, they should be applied before fruit and vegetable buds bloom, so the best tactic for vegetables is to use spray repellent on the leaf part of the plant and granular repellent around the perimeter of your vegetable garden, to form a barrier.
Q&A – What times of year should the repellents be used? The repellents can be applied all year long or any time of year. In fact, winter is sometimes the most common time for deer to enter one’s property, because that is when their food is scarce. Early spring before buds bloom and late fall for winter protection.
Q&A – I don’t know which repellent to use. Look through the website and read about different strategies and uses. This will help you decide what will best work with your situation.
Q&A – What are the types of repellents, and how are they different? We have repellents in both liquid and granular formulations. Each application is different and you may want to call in and speak with a representative. Mouse and rat problems typically respond better to Rodent MACE™ Liquid. Deer repellent is typically available in two different forms: either a spray on liquid repellent, which is concentrate or ready-to-use formula or granular form, which can be sprinkled around walkways or along the perimeter of flowerbeds, vegetable gardens or buildings to form barriers to keep deer out. The liquid repellents are usually more economical per square foot and can be sprays directly onto plants, tree trunks, or other items and plants on your property that have been attracting deer and rabbits. The two types of repellent can be used together for the most effective defense against animals and rodents.
Q&A – Should deer repellent be reapplied after it rains? Yes, if there has been heavy rain or if you have been watering your lawn or plants a lot, the repellent should be reapplied. This also goes for times when your plants are growing quickly, because new growth should be protected. As well, if it rains 24 hours within your application time, the repellent should be reapplied, because it has not had time to set or stick to the treated area. Our spray-on repellents are manufactured with a duel-action sticking agent and are most effective when applied to dry plants, and during morning or evening when rain is not expected. The granular repellents, as well, may require re-application after rain.
Q&A – I live in a cold climate. What repellent is best for me? Liquid repellents work well during cold winter months. They many need to be reapplied more frequently after heavy snow and melting or rain. Winter months are often wetter, and when deer are more likely to have a scarcity of food, so reapplication is important. Granular: When using a granular product, with heavy snow, break through the snow before application.
Q&A – What if it is below freezing? The repellent should be applied in above freezing temperatures, and allowed to dry during warmer hours. This is because freezing liquid of any kind on a plant can cause damage.
Tips for Spraying
Q&A – How should I use the concentrated formulas of deer repellent? Concentrated formulas contain step-by-step mixing instructions. All products may be mixed with water. Surfactant or additional additives are NOT required. There are a variety of sprayer types available at home improvement stores. The recommended type is a 50-mesh inline screen with a diaphragm pump. The pressure should be set to 150 to 250 psi for best results.
Q&A – Will the repellent clog my sprayer? Any type of liquid, from repellents to fertilizers, can clog a sprayer when it dries inside. To prevent this from happening, repellents should be thoroughly shaken prior to using to mix any ingredients that may have sunken. This will reduce the likelihood of clogs, but if your sprayer does get clogged, submerge and rinsing it with warm water until the flaky pieces of repellent are washed away and unclogging the sprayer. Sprayers should always be rinsed with warm water after each use.
Q&A – How long does it take the repellents to start working? Liquid repellents are effective immediately after spraying, because they repel by fear, taste and odor. However, it takes up to 12 hours for the sticking agents to properly dry and set in, so if it rains in that time after applying, a reapplication in recommended.