Deer are always looking for food in gardens or shrubs. According to West Virginia Natural Resoursces.edu, deer damaging home gardens and shrubs is the number one complaint from people who landscape. The use of repellents is an extremely effective method to reduce the damage deer cause. It is extremely important to use different repellents and rotate their use for effectively keeping deer away, according to West Virginia Natural Resources.edu. Home repellents for deer work and can save you money.
Hang bars of soap from trees where you notice deer activity, for example, along fences or gardens. Scented soap works well because of its odor. According to West Virginia Natural Resources.edu, use smaller pieces of soap and hang it on wires. Leave the soap in the wrapper to protect it from the elements.
Pound stakes in the ground every two feet around any areas where deer are active. Tie 30 or 40 pound-test monofilament fishing line around the stakes to create an invisible fence. Deer cannot see the fishing line and get spooked when they bump into it.
Tie a piece of monofilament fishing line through the center of a compact disc (CD). Hang compact discs from a tree or fence wherever you notice deer activity. This works well during the day because the compact discs will swing in the breeze creating a bright flash of light. This bright flash of light will scare the deer away. This; however, does not work well at night.
Stuff human or dog hair inside a pantyhose and tie the pantyhose closed. Hang the pantyhose around the area where deer have been eating or drinking. West Virginia Natural Resources.edu recommends that you put two large handfuls of hair into the pantyhose. Repeat after it rains. Human hair is available at your local barber or hair salon.
Mix hot sauce with equal parts of water. Put this hot sauce mixture into a spray bottle, and spray on plants or any other vegetation that deer have been eating. Reapply after rainstorms.
Tie aluminum foil around your fence. This creates a shiny reflection and rattling noise. When the wind blows, this will scare the deer away. Deer tend to become accustomed to the sound of the aluminum foil after hearing the fluttering sound repeatedly.
Cut pieces of plywood and staple bubble wrap on the plywood. A staple gun will work well for this. Position the pieces of bubble wrapped plywood in front of the garden fence or any plants that you have noticed the deer have eaten. Cover the bubble wrapped plywood with leaves or grasses, as this will camouflage it. When the deer stand on the bubble wrap, the bubble wrap will pop, spooking the deer.