Deer Control Using A Deer Fence
Where it is permitted and desired, a tall sturdy fence is the ultimate deer barrier. For information about deer fencing please click here.
Deer Control Methods Using Biological Odor Deterrents
Odor deer repellents are area treatments for keeping deer out by making the whole area smell bad. These types of deterrents being biological in nature are usually very gross. Even if they would keep deer out they will make your yard and garden smell horrible. Some biological compounds sold as deer repellents include dominant buck urine, Milorganite (sewage treatment plant byproduct), and putrefied meat scraps. Also touted as effective deer repellents are other gross substances such as, predator urines and human urine, lion feces, fermented blood, feather meal, and bags of human hair. These things might work if you don’t mind the awful smell of some of them. To use these compounds to keep deer out of your vegetable garden would be very distasteful. Predator urines are collected under inhumane conditions.
Deer Management Using Deer Resistant Plants
Hungry deer will eat almost anything. The principal classes of deer resistant plants are aromatic plants, milky sap plants, very thorny-prickly plants, and rapidly growing plants, which may outpace the deer damage if the deer population is not excessive. The Internet has many plant lists rating plants from rarely damaged to frequently damaged, but there are not too many plants that are completely deer proof especially if the deer are starving.
Deer Damage Prevention Using Guard Dogs
Dogs can be effective in many cases but the dogs should be large and you should have more than one. Click here to see a video of what a deer can do to a dog (painful to watch).
Deer Control Using Birth Control Methods
Deer management techniques using contraception remain expensive and only practical in isolated areas such as islands and fenced areas where the individual deer can be positively identified and closely managed.
Baited Electric Deer Repellents
A baited electric fence is much more effective against deer than an ordinary electric fence. Often called a peanut butter fence, a baited electric fence entices the deer to touch the wire with their nose instead of just jumping the ordinary electric fence.
The Wireless Deer Fence® repels deer in the same way as a baited electric fence does.