Things You'll Need
Simple Deer Repellent
1 Drill a hole in bars of deodorant or citrus-scented soap and hang them on plants at feeding height or every 3 feet to establish a perimeter around the yard.
2 Wrap human hair in pieces of old nylons and tie the bundles directly to shrubs and trees. It will be easier to replenish this homemade deer repellent when the scent wears off if you work in a hair salon or know someone who does.
3 Combine a dozen eggs (without the shells) and 5 gallons of water in a garden sprayer and apply the mixture to the ground. The odor of the rotting eggs repels the deer but should not be detectable by humans.
Spicy Homemade Deer Repellent
4 Mix 2 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder or juice, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and 1 gallon of water. Pour the mixture into a garden sprayer and apply to plants weekly or after rainfall.
5 Combine 5 tablespoons of powdered hot pepper, 5 cloves of fresh garlic and 1 cup of chopped onions with 2 cups of water, cover the container and let it stand for 24 hours. Mix with 1 gallon of water and apply with a garden sprayer. 6 Bring 1 cup of vinegar to a boil in a saucepan, add 4 tablespoons of cayenne and boil for one minute. Strain it through a coffee filter into a bowl. Puree ½ cup of peeled garlic with 2 cups of water in a blender. Strain it through a coffee filter into the same bowl. Pour into a garden sprayer with 1 cup of ammonia, 1 cup of Murphy's oil soap and 3 gallons of water and apply.
Tips & Warnings
Homemade deer repellents are more effective when they are applied as soon as the deer-feeding problem becomes apparent, and the deer have not established a feeding pattern.
I was raised on a small farm in Illinois. My wife, Eileen and I and family have worked together hand and hand on this farm (and adjoining land we bought) since 1966. I attended and graduated University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude)in Agricultural Engineering in 1970.
I worked as a registered Professional Engineer for the Rock Island District, US Army Corps of Engineers for 33 years, before retiring. I held several supervisory positions while at Corps: Chief, Regulatory Branch, Assistant Chief of Operations Division, Chief of the Lock and Dam Branch, and Mississippi River Project Manager. One highlight of my career was developing NIC (Google "NIC - Navigation Information Connection") during the early 90's, in a joint effort, with the District's Information Management personnel and Navigation Industry Representatives.
My wife and I have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren. We have businesses associated with farming, "live edge" furniture making, vegetable produce, and graphics. We enjoy pursuing our hobby interests.