To keep deer away from the yard, homeowners can purchase products or make their own. Many commercial products contain the same ingredients used in homemade concoctions. It is much more cost-effective for someone to make homemade deer repellent than purchase products from stores year after year.
When people make the repellent themselves, they know exactly what is in it. This provides peace of mind to anyone who does not want the deer to be harmed. Though a commercial product may be advertised as safe for deer, we never really know if it is. In addition, we may worry about the harm it could cause to our family pets or other creatures like birds or rabbits.
Deer repellent recipes use common ingredients to make a concoction that deer dislike. One popular recipe uses one egg, a half-cup of milk, and one tablespoon each of dish soap and cooking oil. Combine these ingredients and put them into a jug with one gallon of water, then shake to mix. The solution should be sprinkled or sprayed on plants every two weeks or following a heavy rain.
Other repellents take the form of items strung around the yard, such as Lifebuoy or Dial soap hung from trees using a fishing line. Drill a hole in the soap and secure the line to it, then hang a bar from each of the small trees or every three feet on a larger tree. Fabric softener sheets or rags soaked in ammonia can also be hung from tree limbs.
Deer also do not like human hair, moth balls, blood meal, or dried blood. These items can be placed separately or together into a plastic bag with holes, a mesh bag, or old pantyhose and secured about three feet off the ground throughout the yard. When necessary, several of these repellents can be used in conjunction.