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October 21, 2017 2 min read

Commercial Deer Repellent

When deer browsing and antler rubbing becomes a nuisance to gardeners, homeowners and farm owners, then the need to repel deer arises. A lot many gardeners and home owners are usually very busy and would not want to deal with the stress of making a mixture at home to keep them away. In this case, a commercial repellent becomes the best option to minimize/ eliminate deer damage.

Before the selection of a commercial deer repellent is done, it is important to put the following factors into consideration:

  • The type of crop involved. Edible crops such as fruit trees and vegetables require more care than ornamental and non-edible ones such as cotton and Christmas trees.
  • How often you and your pets visit the areas where the repellents are to be used.
  • How often the repellent should be reapplied is another factor to consider when choosing a commercial repellent for your crops.
  • Cost is another very important factor which most times than never is the major factor considered when choosing deer repellent type.

Most effective commercial deer repellents contain putrescent whole egg solids that can be sprinkled directly on plants to protect them from deer damage. Those containing oils such as rosemary oil, mint oil or lavender oils are also effective because the oils help the repellent stick to the plants. Water gum and preservatives are ingredients that also help the repellent last longer and work better.

Deer repellents come in two kinds – area repellents and contact repellents.

Contact repellents work with taste based technology and is applied directly to plants; their tastes do the repelling. They are designed to give an unpleasant taste to plants deer are to be kept away from; making the plants unpalatable to them.

Most taste based repellents come in liquid form and is applied directly on the plant’s surface. Most times these taste based repellent have bitter agents added to them, making them a wrong choice for edible crops because the bitter taste tend to remain on the plant for prolonged periods. Another drawback of this type of repellent is that damage would still be done to the crops because the deer would have to eat of the crop to be deterred.

Area repellents repel deer by employing scent based technology and is applied around the plants to be protected, on fences, ropes and containers placed at strategic positions around the crops. Applying area repellents on borders go a long way in protecting large acreage at a comparatively low cost. Area repellents are the best option for edible crops because they are not applied directly on the plants.

Pallets that are made from predator urine is another effective odor repellent against deer.

Commercial Deer Repellent What to Look For

The best commercial deer repellent as tested and certified by the University of Pennsylvania, Nebraska is NATURE’S DEER MACE. Manufactured with Eco-friendly ingredients, DEER MACE is super safe for you, your plants and pets but gives guaranteed protection against deer browsing and butler rubbing.

Containing 4X the active ingredients contained in other commercial repellents, NATURE’S DEER MACE is effective for up to 60 days for each application. It employs scent, fear and taste based technology all at once to deter deer from your crops.