Deer Repellent

by Scott
(NW Arkansas, USA)

Make a deer repellent out of Irish Spring Soap bars - Cut each bar into 4 pieces. Stick the pieces on a small stake (bamboo) or use a drill to make a hole in the 1/4 piece and then hang from fruit trees.

The smell that make you feel "fresh" is very offensive to animals. They last at least a month unless you have a lot of rain. Locally I buy 6 or more bars for $3.00 so it's cheap and easy solution.

Use a very sharp and thin knife to cut it and save all your flakes or scraps from drilling. They give you a little extra initial coverage around the plants you want to protect. Without this my wife's Hosta's would all be stumps.

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Aug 28, 2011
Irish sprng?
by: Anonymous

When I was young my Granddad would use ivory snow and or drill holes in ivory soap and hang from the trees in the orchard and this worked real well!

Jun 17, 2010
Will any soap work or only Irish Spring
by: Larry

Will any soap work or only Irish Spring? Is it specifically that chemical or chemicals that 'make you feel fresh' or have you had similar luck repelling deer with other brands of soap?

Jun 17, 2010
by: Gardener

Irish Spring soap on sticks around my veggies has worked for the past two years.

Aug 25, 2009
Irish Spring soap to repel deer
by: Larry, Webmaster

I've never even thought of using Irish Spring to repel deer but it sounds like it may be pretty effective.

Although not very organic and I'm sure the soap residue seeping into the ground is not good for the plants, I'll keep it in mind the next time I place a garden outside.

When deer have become a major nuisance I have always resorted to dryer cloths placed on short sticks that I place around the plants. This also seems effective...

Thanks for the tip.

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