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April 04, 2013 3 min read

Knowing how to control deer is vitally important to anyone who wants to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits, and even flowers.

Deer are widespread throughout the United States and will make a meal out of any garden in the country, suburbs, and even some urban areas with woods nearby. There are a number of ways to deter deer, but there is one undisputed best deer repellent home remedy.

While barriers such and fences and walls may deter deer, a repellent is more desirable for most people, because they don’t detract from the look of the landscaping, and because they are easier and more affordable.

The best deer repellent home remedy is easy to make and use, incredibly inexpensive, and the most effective one available. This simple home remedy for repelling deer from plants is a simple recipe of egg and water. There are a few different ways to make an effective egg and water recipe to repel deer. The easiest is to simply crack one egg into about a gallon of water. Stir slowly and gently, to avoid foam and bubble, then dribble or spray onto all the plants in the garden. The mixture should be sprayed onto the plants that the deer have not eaten as well, because once the favorite munchies are sprayed, the deer will look for an alternate plant to eat, and deer are willing to eat any kind of plant. Deer are lazy, so they will not want to go far to find their next feeding place.

Recent field studies have shown that putrefied egg solid (cooked egg) may be even more effective than raw. It may be preferable as well to those who want to avoid handling raw egg, which can contain harmful bacteria. A cooked egg can be finely chopped and mixed into the same amount of water. The mixture can then be left outside to stand for up to a day, in order to allow time for the putrification to set in. The putrid mixture will have an even stronger odor, and therefore may be even more effective at keeping the deer away. Likewise, the raw egg mixture can be left out to putrefy, and all combinations of this deer repellent home remedy can be tried out by homeowners to find the best one for their particular locations, climate, plants, and types of deer.

A few added ingredients can sometimes make the home remedy even more effective. For example, if the spray is sliding off the leaves, a few teaspoons of oil (vegetable, canola, etc.) should be mixed into the solution. This will make the repellent adhere to the plants better. Some gardeners use a few drops of dish soap for the same reason. Spicy or bitter tasting ingredients can be added. Some gardeners insist the chili powder, cinnamon, or other strong-tasting spices repel the deer even more, while others suggest that they only make the recipe more complicated and expensive.

Whatever version of it is used, there is no disputing that a mixture of egg and water spread on plants is the best deer repellent home remedy.


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