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How to Get Rid of Deer in the Garden



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How to Get Rid of Deer - Deer are one of the most common animals seen in North America. They live in all types of environments including rural and urban areas and it seems that no matter what we do, they multiply at alarming rates. Deer are well known for their appearance, but can briefly described as tall and powerful creatures that have large antlers on top of their heads. Deer have been a really important part of the American economy due to their meat for food and pelts for clothing. They have also been hunted specifically for their meat, venison, and heads to mount on walls.

Even though deer are relatively harmless, they are considered pests, especially by those who live in wooded areas where they are prevalent.  They are notorious for eating landscaping plants or garden plants. Deer are dangerous to drivers and it is common to see them lying on the side of the road or see cars totaled because they hit a deer. What makes deer so dangerous to the driver is that they eat the vegetation that grows on the side of the road and they will often bolt across highways when they are spooked. At night, it is almost impossible to see a deer until it’s too late and often leads to significant damage to your car and death to you and the deer. Deer are also pests in that they can eat your garden, your lawn, leave their droppings all over and terrorize your pets. If you have deer issues, try some of these suggestions to get rid of them.
  • Fences are the single most effective way to keep the deer out of your yard. You can build the fence around your entire yard or just around your garden and shrubs if you choose. However, make sure that the fence is at least 5 feet off the surface of the ground because they have really powerful legs that they can use to jump over small fences. The type of fence does not matter as long as it is sturdy and high off the ground.
  • There are several different natural and unnatural repellents that you can use to deter deer from coming into your yard or eating the vegetation in your yard. You can plant herbs and vegetables like yarrow, bishop’s weed, spurge, foxglove (the best), dragon’s head and buckthorn in your garden and around the perimeter of your yard. You can also get a variety of sprays like pepper spray and garlic sprays on your plants that you do not want them to eat. It is also said that rotten eggs and blood meal repels deer. However, sprays are not guaranteed to work and you have to reapply them weekly or every time it rains. You can read about many different types of deer repellent here for more ideas.
  • A strange way to repel deer that many homeowners swear by is to hang bars of soap from branches on fishing wire. No one knows why this works, but practitioners swear the deer will not come near your trees, so this is especially helpful if you have fruit trees. However, this method isn't always shown to work.  The rotten egg spray works much better.
  • Deer do not like dogs and dogs do not like deer. Keep a big dog in your yard to deter the deer from coming in. If your dog is not outside all the time you can also take their hair and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your yard or just around your garden. Deer have really sensitive noses and will smell the predator scent on the hair and won’t venture near. Unfortunately, deer are resilient animals and will do what they want ultimately. It is illegal to kill them when it is not hunting season, so if none of these methods work you’ll have to wait to get rid of them until the next open season.
My parents have problem with deer chewing on their plants, and they use this putrid egg white deer deterrent, and that seems to help prevent them from eating the plants.

More in-detail how-to deer removal articles:
Information about how to poison a deer - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep deer away - prevention techniques.
Article about are deer dangerous to people - analysis.

You are here to learn how to get rid of deer in the yard or garden. This site is intended to provide deer education and information, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a deer problem. This site provides many deer control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of deer removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance deer.

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