Increased residential and commercial development into rural and suburban areas has infringed on deer habitat, leading to conflicts between deer and their human neighbors. Hunting is usually prohibited near housing and shopping developments, which has made many housing subdivisions into virtual wildlife preserves for deer, rabbits and squirrels. The average deer eats seven pounds of vegetation a day and they preferably tender, young ornamental and food crops. Male deer also damage trees by rubbing their antlers on as many as 100 a day to mark their territory. The damage from “buck rub” to mature trees can allow pests or disease to flourish and can kill saplings and young trees.
Many homeowners, gardeners, and farmers use deer spray to repel deer from areas where fencing is impractical, unattractive, or will potentially make a deer problem worse by cutting them off from other feeding and mating areas. The use of deer spray is a practical, economical, and environmentally-sound solution to conflicts between humans and deer, alone or in conjunction with the use of a physical barrier, such as deer netting.
Deer spray is effective because deer use their sense of smell to locate food, and even if they attempt to eat vegetation where deer spray has been used, the taste of the ingredients in the spray is sure-fire way to confuse the deer, and they may never come back. Quality deer spray uses substances which are not toxic or harmful to the environment, such as eggs, hot peppers, or garlic. These kinds of deer spray use the deer’s highly developed sense of both taste and smell to encourage them to dine elsewhere. When used properly, deer spray will provide protection for at least 90 days. The use of deer spray is economical, because it only needs to be used on the specific plants to be protected.
Deer spray is simple to use and requires no special tools or equipment other than a sprayer. Deer spray is usually concentrated and must be diluted with water before use. A dry day is ideal for the application of deer spray, because it is usually resistant to rain when allowed to dry. Most deer spray is safe to use on food crops and will not harm pets or children. Deer spray is safe to use on agricultural, horticultural crops and more.
The use of deer spray is also recommended to repel rabbits, squirrels, and other rodents, who can easily chew through plastic netting or other physical barriers used to keep deer away, as they often share habitats with humans and each other. The appearance of leaves, flowers, and produce is not affected by the use of high-quality deer spray, making it ideal for commercial and consumer use.
The use of deer spray is an attractive solution for co-existence with four-legged neighbors because it is simple, safe, and inexpensive. A quality deer spray can be used without guilt and unintended consequences.