Homemade Deer Repellent

Deer deterrents, both of them!

Along with commercial deterrents, making a homemade deer repellent is always on the list of how to save money.


As with the store bought remedies, making your own deer deterrent is a temporary solution and must be reapplied frequently. Overall home made is not considered as effective as commercial options but they still work.



Each of the following have different effects.


Try using them separately or combine them to make recipes.


Also, use bitter and hot food items.  They will stay longer helping keeping deer out.



Broken down by
Household items, Food items and lastly..  Recipes to get started.

Household Items for making homemade deer repellent:

  • Ammonia - Splash on rags and hung from trees or tack to a solid surface.
  • Baby Powder - Sprinkle on rags and hung from trees or tack to a solid surface.
  • Bounce Fabric Sheets - The fragrance of oleander is a natural deer repellent. Hang from tree or tack to a solid surface. Mist sheet occasionally to revive scent.
  • Bubble wrap - Place bubble wrap on ground and secure in place. Deer don't like walking on it.
  • Burlap - Place around tree trunks. Helps with preventing bucks to rub on trees.
  • Deodorant Soaps - Effective in repelling deer with it's powerful scent. Hang a full bar or nail to tree, stakes and fence posts. To hang drill hole in center, use 'S' hook or string to hang about 4' off ground.
  • Dog, Cat and Human Hair keeps away deer and rabbits temporarily. Put in mesh bag or panty-hose and hang 3-5' above ground. Can scatter on ground as well. Change monthly.
  • Fish Emulsion - Deer don't like to smell and can also be a great fertilizer for your gardens.
  • Hairnets - Place over a small tree or bush.
  • Medium Gauge Wire - Twist around ends of tree branches with 3" exposed. This will poke deer in the nose.
  • Old opened rub-on Deodorant Stick - Deer don't like both the scent of the deodorant or a human near by from stick.
  • Old smelly Shoes - Deer don't like the smell of a human possibly near by.
  • Trash Bags - Place on post allowing it to flap in a breeze. This will frighten deer away.
  • Wind chimes or Small bells - Having multiple of these offer different pitches which can also be effective.
  • Urine - If you can get your hands on it, Coyote urine. Coyotes are a natural predator to deer. Other types of urine include mountain lion and sometimes human. Soak urine on rag or find a willing male!


Use wax paper cups to cover any soap, hair inside panty hose, etc.
This will extend the effectiveness of deer deterrents
from rain and other outside elements.


Foods that help for homemade deer repellent:

  • Cheyenne pepper
  • Eggs
  • Garlic cloves
  • Hot peppers
  • Tabasco sauce


Recipes Ideas for homemade deer repellent:

  • Hot pepper, 1 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup Tabasco sauce, 1/4 cup cayenne pepper. Rub, spray if can.

  • Cloves of garlic, hot-hot peppers pureed in a blender. Add water and put pungent solution around. Add onions and a T. of Tabasco sauce for an even strong solution.

    Deters dogs, some deer and rabbits.

  • Mix 2 eggs, a few cloves of garlic, 2 tablespoons of ammonia and 2 cups of water. Let sit for a few days then paint on trees and fences. This also works well with keeping out other garden pests.

  • Beat well 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of beef broth and 1 gallon of water. Let it sit out for a few days or until it really smells. At this point pour into a bottle and you have created your own deer spray.


Be creative and try different things.
You may find you have created the best deer repellent around!



FYI tidbits that may be of interest when making homemade deer repellent:

  • Dogs don't like garlic.
  • An effective raccoon repellent is dipping a rag or paper towel in ammonia, then hot sauce and placing it where necessary.
  • As Julie Andrews would sing "Doe - a deer, a female deer" making this easy to remember.  A female caribou, elk and moose are called 'cows', which are all in the same family.





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