How to Make Natural Rabbit and Deer Repellent

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As hunting laws become stricter and forests and rural space disappears to subdivisions, deer and rabbits become a more common sight in the backyard. Tender leaves, seedlings and plants make tasty meals for these creatures. Although deer and rabbits tend to shy away from human-inhabited areas, the lure of food brings them into your yard when all is quiet. It's possible to repel deer and rabbits without the use of harmful techniques and products. Use natural repellants to keep deer and rabbits from dining on your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Old sheet
  • Scissors
  • Garden stakes
  • Nylons
  • Hair
  • 2 oz. hot sauce
  • Spray bottle
  • Rip an old bedsheet into strips approximately 1 ft. long and 4 inches wide. Tie the strips of cloth around tree branches, bushes or garden stakes. As the wind blows the cloth around, the motion startles deer and rabbits, sending them away.

  • Cut a few pairs of old nylons off at the knees. Fill the foot portion of nylons with dog or human hair; ask your local hair salon for hair remnants swept up that day. Tie the nylon above the hair, and then tie the end around branches, on fences or at the bottom of the garden stakes from Step 1 to serve as scent repellents. Secure the nylon with the hair two to three feet above ground level.

  • Make a taste repellent for plants and flowers you won't be eating or bringing into the home. Mix 2 oz. of hot sauce with 6 oz. of water in a spray bottle. Spray plants with the hot sauce spray until they're wet. Reapply the taste repellent after each rain or watering.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change to fresh hair repellents once each month to keep them effective. If you have a dog, let the dog keep deer and rabbits away by spending lots of time outdoors. Long strips of aluminum foil can be used as a substitute for old bed sheets to serve as a motion repellent.

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