Deter the deer, without the gun!


With wild deer in abundance at the moment and causing havoc in Wicklow county in particular, we have a list of tips and tricks to keep deer away from your farm and help you avoid the almighty curse of TB.

Deter the deer, without the gun!

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With wild deer in abundance at the moment and causing havoc in Wicklow county in particular, we have a list of tips and tricks to keep deer away from your farm and help you avoid the almighty curse of TB.

Deer are long thought to be the carriers and reason behind the spread of TB into farms.

Many farmers have been battling to keep them off their lands, especially with grass growth in short supply. Below we have a list of tips and tricks for you to help you to keep them off your land, without the need for a gun or spending money!

Scents:
Deer are known to detect potential dangers through scent, which is why this could be used to your advantage. Many scents of everyday household items can be used as deterrents to keep them off your property.

One such deterrent is scented soap. A bar of soap can be hung up on trees or tall fences, using a string put through a bored hole. Human hair is also another option, as deer are naturally afraid of humans due to hunting. Like with foxes, put some human hair (which can be got from a hairdresser), in a sock, mesh, or tights and tie them at certain points on the fence of paddocks. These should be replaced each month.

There are a couple of other options which can be developed in your very own kitchen! One such mixture is a blend of water, cayenne pepper and vegetable oil. This should be poured on plants and potential areas of entry for deer. It has a nasty taste and will discourage them from eating plants or even approaching them.

Another is a mixture of egg and water, this should be left to ferment and the smell will deter deer when poured on plants and potential entry points. Other smells which deer hate include smells of fabric softeners, chickens (use feathers), ammonia, and fish meal. Dried blood of a dead deer will also keep them well and truly away, as will the urine of a predator.

Any of the above-mentioned ideas should be resprayed or new produce (feathers etc) put out every four weeks to ensure the best results.

Plants:
As mentioned earlier, deer are very sensitive to scents and, in fact, hate many.

This is why certain plants can be planted around your fields and farm to discourage deer from approaching or entering. Such plants which will enable this include: Garlic, Mint, Sage, catmint, Chives, and thyme. Deer also detest the smell of lavender, poppies, carnations, and foxgloves, due to their strong aroma.

Try and keep fruits and vegetable plots away from the farm or even in a greenhouse if possible. They will attract deer to the area and other animals too! Shrubs and hedges with spines and needles will also discourage deer from entry to your property.

Other Tips:
Finally, there are a few other methods to give yourself the full arsenal to tackle deer.

Shiny objects, such as aluminium pans and old CDs should be hung around the property, on trees and fences. This eludes to the deer that a predator is on site and they will run away. The noise of the foil shaking in the wind will also scare them away. Noise is an excellent deterrent, even a shout will ensure they run away as quick as lightening.

Other trips include the installation of sprinklers, use of chemical repellents and the removal of anything that may be considered food to deer (even birdfeeders).

So, there you have it, there are many ways to keep deer off your land, without a gun or even spending money. Why not give them a whirl!

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