Both the recipes and myth about natural deer repellents exists. While some people go with them, others on the other hand wouldn’t even hear of them. But whichever the case may be, there has been a continual advancement in taste and odor repellent in recent times. Strong smelling soaps, human and animal hairs, pepper, garlic, cloves, urine from predators, feces from large cats, eggs, fabric softener, fertilizers, certain herbs, spices and vinegar have been the basic ingredients for scent based natural deer repellents. While pepper, garlic and hot spices constitute the basic recipe for taste based natural deer repellent.
A common belief exists concerning natural deer repellent. They are odor, contact and taste. Odor or scent based natural repellents such as the use of urine and rotten eggs work by imitating the smell of humans or certain predators. The taste based repellent work by introducing an unpleasant or painful experience to the deer while it feeds on the plant involved. The odor based repellent would be more effective because in using it, the deer doesn’t stand the chance of feeding on the plant at all, but engaging the entire senses of the deer in repelling is even more effective. Adding things like scarecrows, dogs, horns, fences and coverings in conjunction with the repellents would in no time send Bambi scrambling out of your premises.
For natural deer repellent to be effective, the following points should be taken into consideration
Application of your natural deer repellent should begin in the spring and continue all through the fall. Irrespective of the recipe employed, reapplication should be done at least every two months and after every rainfall.
Deer easily adapt to new repellents, it is therefore important to change your recipe frequently to ensure it doesn’t lose its repelling strength over the deer. Have an adept knowledge of each and every ingredient in the recipe so as to determine the active ones and interchange them as often as possible with other active ingredients so that deer do not get accustomed to them.
Begin your planting season with plants that repel deer so that they do not tag your garden a favorite spot. These plants that repel deer go a long way in making you garden-to-be an unattractive spot to deer. Once you notice they do not visit your space anymore, you can go on and add the rest of your plants.
Fortify your garden with naturally deer resistant plants, herbs and vegetables. In addition to the crops that attract deer, grow plants that are unattractive to them such as onions, garlic, oregano, sage, thyme, squash, basil, thyme, blueberries, fennel, chives, marjoram, and leeks.
It won’t hurt to include a little touch of commercial repellent. Although not all commercial repellent are safe and effective, but Nature’s MACE Deer and Rabbit Repellent has proven to yield positive results when it comes to repelling deer, and doesn’t introduce any negative effect on your plants. Deer and Rabbit MACE is manufactured with Eco-friendly ingredients that do not pose any problem to your health and that of your plants.