[NAFEX] Deer repellents???
hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Thu Feb 26 14:39:48 EST 2009
this one can be smelly, but it hs worked for us. Human urine. Take a quart plastic milk jug. leave top on. cut two holes in the side about 5 inches up, on opposite sides for the scent to go out. Put 2 in. of pee in the bottom. The lid keeps rain from diluting. Can be refilled from time to time.
Our deer are not ravenous like some I've read about, but this stops them. Place jugs about 8 ft. apart. On the ground or hung from tree branches, on a low fence.
Hector Black zone 6 middle TN
----- Original Message -----
From: Road's End Farm
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Deer repellents???
On Feb 26, 2009, at 10:29 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
Is there a deer repellent that really works?
Lots of delicious stuff for the deer to eat, elsewhere in the immediate vicinity.
Almost everything works better if they're not too hungry.
We've got about 800 feet of fence that keeps rabbits and other small
critters out of the garden/orchard. Since 1994, deer have paid no attention
to our spread with the occasional exception of an individual taking a
short-cut through. That changed last Fall when they mowed the strawberry
bed, ate our winter vegetables and spent numerous nights sleeping on the
premises. Lately they have been walking up and down every row like they are
wondering what to munch on first.
We are located in the city and zoning laws forbid high fencing and
electric fences. I'm afraid that they'll start munching when the leaves
come out. What do you suggest that works?
While there's no fruit present on the strawberries: try scattering a little bloodmeal over the leaves. You don't need much, so it shouldn't cause an excess N problem; but you do need to renew it after each rain. Can't do this while they're bearing, of course.
Depending on the vegetables, you may be able to do the same thing at some growth stages. If they get in the habit of thinking that your stuff tastes and smells like a slaughterhouse, it may work, for vegetables (and strawberries while fruiting) that you can't put the bloodmeal directly on, to make a line of it around the field; maybe some through the paths also, if it's a large field; you want the general area to smell of the stuff. (to a deer, that is; your neighbors aren't likely to notice.)
If they've already gotten in the habit of eating in that area, and especially if there's nothing for them to eat elsewhere, the line-around-the-edges technique isn't likely to work; but even under those circumstances I've had some success in cases in which I could put the bloodmeal directly on the plants. If you start with strawberries first thing in the spring, and then when fruit starts to appear switch to the line around the edges, they may not figure out that there's none directly on the plants till after fruiting is over.
Good luck --
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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