Deer look adorable when they are walking through the woods. They are not so attractive when they reach your garden and destroy your plants, flowers, and vegetables. What once looked like Bambi quickly takes on the appearance of a destructive beast. Construction is encroaching on rural deer habitats at a record pace and adding to the problem is a growing deer population.
Anything considered vegetative is food to deer, though a hungry deer will not be choosy. Deer often look demure but they eat quite a bit. An adult male deer consumes over five pounds of food daily, on average. Heading deer off at the pass, literally, is the best way to keep them out of the yard. The garden will not become the next deer salad bar if proactive measures are taken.
Electronic deer repellent like electric fencing is usually more effective than regular fencing because it features an electric shock. In general, it works but it can also be expensive and due to its height, an eyesore. An eight-foot high fence is recommended but shorter fences sometimes discourage the opportunistic eaters from dining in the yard.
An interesting fact regarding electric fencing is that peanut butter can be smeared onto aluminum foil attached to the fence. The peanut butter serves as a strong lure and deer will not come near it once they have taken a taste and been shocked. Havahart makes another effective electronic deer repellent that lures deer only to provide them with a 400-volt surprise.
Ultrasonic repellents emit noises that deer find intolerable and are often not heard by humans. Bird-X DG Deer Gard Ultrasonic Deer Repeller is one popular brand. It is DC or AC operated and features an integrated motion sensor and adjustable frequency of both sonic and ultrasonic sound. In addition to keeping deer away, it deters other pests.