Bambi and Thumper - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL
Question by lafuller
December 28, 1997
What is a good way to keep deer and rabbits out of the garden? I have tried dog/human hair/moth balls and several pepper juice combinations. Any other ideas?


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Answer from NGA
December 28, 1997

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The standard reply to your question is probably not one you want to hear. Deer will eat anything if they're hungry enough, and things like those you mention really won't deter them. Rabbits just can't resist those tender, tasty leaves and veggies, either. You can try to scare the marauders off with a motion detector hooked up to flood lights or to a sprinkler system, but that's pretty labor intensive and not guaranteed to work. Fencing seems to be the only permanent and effective solutionto controling local wildlife, and even then, electric fencing is sometimes necessary. Your extension service (ph# 312/737-1178) should be able to supply you with critter-specific fencing plans. If you're willing to try a few more remedies before investing in a fence post hole digger, see the Johnny's Selected Seed catalog (www.johnnyseeds.com) for coyote or fox urine. This often deters prey animals. Some gardeners even "mark" their own "territory" with success!

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