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June 12, 2013 2 min read

There are far too many products on the market for repelling and deterring deer that just do not work. Marketers understand how frustrated homeowners and gardeners can become when their expensive and sometimes backbreaking hard work becomes a dinner buffet for the nuisance animals. Frustrated by them, gardeners are willing to try anything that claims to work. This article will focus on the commercial deer repellents that really work.

First, a word of warning about a couple products on the market that are expensive and generally do not get the job done anyway. The commercial products with the worst consumer reports are the ones that claim to scare the deer away with high-pitched sounds, set off by either motion detectors or vibrations. These are usually not effective to deterring deer from more than a very small area, but the sound emitted can be bothersome to humans as well as dogs. There are many good alternatives of commercial deer repellents that really work.

Deer repellent is available in a few categories, which can be used together or alone, depending on a particular situation. A popular solution is a spray on deer repellent, sprayed directly onto any plants that a homeowner, farmers, or gardener wishes to protect from these voracious animals. Spray on repellents can contains a few different ingredients, so consumers should look at prices, and well as contents, before settling on the type for them. The repellents with the active ingredient of putrefied egg solid works the best, and is also safe for food plants (of course, all food should be washed thoroughly before eating). The egg ingredient works because it reminds the deer of the smell of meat, something they would never eat.

Other ingredients to look for include spicy ones like chili pepper or bittering agents. Chili pepper may work not only because of its hot taste, but because it can actually induce pain in a deer’s mouth, throat, and even stomach when eaten. Bittering agents can make a plant taste bad, and deer will avoid it, but they should not be used with food plants. This is because the bitter taste can be absorbed by the roots of the plants and into the edible parts. This is a good thing when the spray is intended for non food plants, because the spray can last through rain and watering, but it isn’t right for foods that will be eaten, due to the unpleasant taste it could produce.

Commercial Deer Repellents that really work

Finally, commercial deer repellents that really work include sprinkler systems that are set off by motion. These motion-detecting sprinklers are available for use in various settings and for different budgets, starting at very modest pricing for simple devices that can attach to one’s hose. Deer to not appreciate being startled by a sprinkler turning onto them, and will quickly run away when soaked. A downside to this solution is that people also do not appreciate being startled by a sprinkler turning on, so they are not appropriate for front walkways or other high traffic places in one’s yard.