It would scare it away for about 4 days until they figure out it's harmless.
I know this from experience. There are only two ways to stop deer. Fences or
guns. Some people say get a dog, but then you're just trading one annoyance
for another and pissing off your neighbors.
True. I've been trying without luck to hire a hit man for the deer around my
yard. It's actually legal here (NY) to eliminate animals which destroy food
crops, but in this neighborhood, only a bow & arrow would be legal. It's not
a skill I have.
My neighbor says hostas are 'deer lettuce'.
The deer like the light, they can see what they are eating better.
I'm having pretty good success with deer repellents.
I started with 'Shotgun' from Home Depot.
Worked great. Last time I went they had something else
which I'm using now. It seems to be working too.
Look on the bottle, make sure it says it repels with
smell and taste.
You have to reapply after rain or every couple of weeks.
We're almost to the end of August and my hostas are in
one piece. That's a record for me.
Yes, in the areas they are pointing at. The kind they have just hook
into a hose and you aim them at a particular part of the yard. So the
coverage is only the area they are pointed at. They have one in the
front that covers a large bed of ivy, probably 15' in diameter (and the
sprinkler is maybe 10' from the bed, aimed towards it). When
activated, it will make one quick sweep across the area like those
sprinklers you see on football fields and such.
The downsides are:
1. Requires hose to be out at all times.
2. Somewhat unsightly sticking out of the yard.
3. Will spray humans walking within its coverage area.
4. Has limited coverage.
If you have a limited area you want to protect, it seems to do the
For their backyard, they are going to increase the fence height to 6' I
think. That will keep them out of there.
This looks like a similar product:
I have infra-red motion detector impulse sprinklers positioned in two
of my garden beds that work amazingly well. Their range is 35-45' out,
and anything moving across the field of sensitivity (about 45 degrees)
gets a good douse. They're made by Scarecrow (google-able) and I got
them by ordering them at the website (about 79$ each). I did a lengthy
review on Epinions with all the details and some downsides as well. I
have seen deer walk into their range and trigger the device and the
sound alone of the impulse sprinkler makes the deer startle and bound
away, even before the water hits them.
I have unprotected beds of impatiens that have almost lasted through
the summer using this device. They did get to the beds partially twice
before they entered the sensitive field. Also, the watering from
"false triggering" (about a cup of water for each false trigger) keeps
the impatiens well watered, but did make them grow so well that they
became tall enough to block the motion detector! So, I had to stake
the device to a higher stake. In addition to these devices, I also use
deer netting and bird netting draped over hosta beds, as well as 6'
fences constructed from 6' metal poles and draped with deer netting for
my veggie garden, roses, and other beds which are out of view of
curbside (very ugly, IMO).
Have you thought about getting a motion detection that has an outlet on
it and then connecting it to a radio....I would think that even a low
volume would run the deer off.
I have heard folks talk about a "Rainbird" type sprinkler head that has a
motion sensor on it. Deer shows up, valve releases, deer gets pelted with
the dangerous dihydrogenmonoxide and additinally is startled by the sound of
he "rainbird" ratcheting through its cycle.
I think I saw it demonstrated n ne of the TOH spnoffs -- probably an "ASk
This Old House" show.
Even if you don't have an installed sprinkler system, I've seen hose
connected metal bases for the "Rainbird" type heads.
No idea who carries these, but I'm sure the BORG doesn't.
Shotgun ammo is bound to be cheaper. One New Jersey style pumpkin ball and
you've got fresh meat.
An electric fence of the type used for cattle with the following
Hang aluminum strips about 2 feet long every 15 feet or so. Smear
with peanut butter.
The deer see the strips and smell the peanut butter and then try
to eat it. It knocks them for a loop. They learn, after about 2 tries,
stay the hell away...
You may have to repair the fence the first couple of time because
the deer become airborne and may fall on the fence.....
By the way, it doesn't hurt the deer any more than taking a piss on
an electric fence.... Not deadly, but unpleasant, and they learn
( ..... just like I did :>))))) )
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Reminds me of an old bull we had years ago--just loved to push the
fence over or walk through irregardless of how stout it was so we
strung a hot wire around the inside. They can, of course, smell the
ozone and anything new raises no end of curiousity as well, so he
investigated most thoroughly and then reached out and licked
it--needless to say, the last time he approached it closely. :)
Actually, we've found that the smellier deodorant soaps (like Irish
Spring, etc.) tied in an old stocking are pretty effective in the apple
trees, on the wife's moonflowers, etc. Much cheaper than the
commercial repellents if your particular deer doesn't like them, either.
You need an 8' fence. They can jump over a 6' fence. They'll get used to
the lights too, after a while.
How 'bout a paintball gun? Paintballs at close distance (5 yards or so)
hurt a lot and they hardly make any noise.
I've learned it's more trouble than it's worth trying to keep deer away
from our plants. I either have to erect a tall unsightly fence, or rig up
something smelly/noisy that will deter them for a while. Dogs are more of a
nuisance than the deer, so that's not an option either.
We actually love to see the deer visiting our property, though sadly they
don't come around much anymore with all the development in our area. So, we
don't really want to scare them away anyway.
So, rather than fight with the deer, I've learned to work with them. I
avoid plants deer love to eat (hostas, impatients, etc.), and select plants
that deer don't particularly care for (marigolds, dianthus, etc.). The deer
may "sample" a plant every now and then if they are really hungry, but for
the most part they leave our plants alone. No fences or deterents needed.
In fact, I can usually sneak in a plant they would normally eat, as long as
it's surrounded by plants they don't like. Not 100% foolproof, but it beats
We haven't done a garden in years, but yes, it was like a buffet for the
deer and rabbits. :)
I built a fence around the garden which "mostly" kept them out, but every
once in a while they would get hungry enough to try jumping the fence. On a
few occasions they hit the fence on the way over, and then I had to repair
the fence. :)
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