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How and why deer repellents work
Deer prefer a bland diet of plant material. Deer repellents are sprays that protect plants from
being browsed by covering their leaves and flowers with a smell suggestive of either animal
elements (from eggs or bloodmeal ingredients) or spicy taste (from minty oils, garlic or hot
pepper ingredients). Unlike the Liquid Fence brand repellent (which smells like sewage to me), all
of the repellents I offer have a pleasant odor to humans which usually dissipates within a
few hours. Deer have a highly developed sense of smell and continue to pick up the odor for
weeks. Thus, a few sniffs and the deer move on to your neighbor's unprotected
Fast-growing plants such as tulips and pansies need to be sprayed every seven to 10 days so
the new growth is protected. I recommend that other flowers and shrubs be sprayed monthly as,
in my experience, the repellent's effectiveness seems to wane after three or four weeks, especially
during the peak consumption seasons spring through fall. Initial applications should completely
moisten the leaves or branches while the refresher sprays need not be that heavy as spray residues
do actually last two to three months as the manufacturers claim.
All of these repellents contain natural ingredients and are safe to use even with children and
pets around. An ounce of each brand covers about the same square footage. Most articles
about deer recommend using a variety of repellents so deer do not become accustomed to just
one repellent and start to browse on sprayed plants. I have had excellent success for many years
using mainly Deer Off during the growing season and Plantskydd during the late-fall to
When I first moved to deer country, I had trouble keeping up with spraying (that's how I got
started with deer-resistant plants). But, are there some plants you really enjoy? Tulips, azaleas?
Of course, so give these easy-to-use sprays a try. I believe I've had a solid 95-98% rate of
success with them since 1998!
Advantages of each brand
Deer Off-- Protects two ways -- by odor (from putrescent whole egg solids) and, in case
Bambi has a stuffy noise, by taste (from capsaicin and garlic). OMRI certified organic. Dries
Plantskydd -- Bloodmeal based; longest lasting over winter. Adds trace amounts of
nitrogen to soil. (Avoid overspray on white siding or sidewalks and expect a slight pink tint on
white blooms for a few days.)
I Must Garden -- A minty blend of oils that release their potency over time for extended
protection. Beneficial side effect: helps control insects. Lowest cost per ounce! Repellex Systemic Tablets-- One treatment lasts all season. Tablets of repellent inserted in the ground dissolve and the repellent is absorbed throughout the plant. Natura Plant Saver Systemic Tablets-- One treatment lasts all season. Tablets containing bitter Denatonium Benzoate inserted in the ground dissolve and the repellent is absorbed throughout the plant.
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