10 Best Deer & Rabbit Repellents That Works – Expert Reviews 2018
Spring brings with it a lot of life, color and the unending troop of deer and rabbits in that well-kept and tilled garden that you’ve been slaving over.
Though ‘cute,' these animals pose a real pest problem in the long run and soon all you’ll have for a garden is toppled grass and plant less field!
First time I had the thought of getting rid of these pesky animals I couldn’t believe how many options I had, most of which weren’t all that nice.
Further research on more friendly options led me to fences.
However, rabbits easily jump through while those high enough for deer and other electric options are quite costly, so I settled on using deer and rabbit repellent.
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What's a Repellent?
It’s a chemical (but eco-friendly) compound specially made to keep off rabbits and deer.
A repellent has a long list of benefits compared to other methods used to keep off these animals.
For instance, most of the previous methods relied on mothballs. However, it was made out of toxic naphthalene that was proven to be carcinogenic, recalcitrant and would probably lead to the death of these animals.
What solution does a repellent give you?
Repellents aid in conditioning the animals to keep them away. This is especially helpful in the spring when there is a lack of food sources and they’d do anything to get into your garden for replenishments.
This conditioning is grounded on taking advantage of the natural aversion that animals develop and learn when they regularly encounter something they dislike.
It can be an intensive application task that must be done after every rainfall. Repellents are made with active ingredients that the animals, including us especially when it’s freshly applied, find repulsive.
These smells are similar to natural scents, e.g. spicy garlic scents, and rotten eggs smell among other combinations that are irritating to the deer and rabbit.
When in the vicinity of these smells, the animals create a path around it and with time only wander into areas where there’s no repellent.
Let’s look at the best deer and rabbit repellant in the market.
Best Deer Repellent Reviews:
1. Liquid Fence HG-71136 Deer & Rabbit Repellent Concentrate:
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Our review on the best repellant begins with this long lasting Liquid Fence HG-71146 Deer and Rabbit Repellent concentrate. As a smell repellent, the animals only need to have a whiff of this stuff to be repulsed by it and keep away from your garden.
Once applied, it dries odorless thus won’t keep on repelling you. The ‘Just spray’ application method is easy to use and is perfect for keeping deer and rabbits away from your well-groomed ornamental flowers, trees, shrubs, etc.
It is useful in preventing that annoying foraging cycle even before it begins, well as long as you apply it in right quantities and the right times. There’s no worry about environmental effects to either animal or plants since this concoction is eco-friendly.
It can also be applied to your edible plants since it doesn’t affect their growth or taste.
Because it’s rain resistant, you don’t have to worry about reapplying it after the rains. The 100% money-back guarantee assures you of its effectiveness.
It wouldn’t hurt to try if you can still get your cash refunded in case it doesn’t meet your expectations.
2. Deer Out 32oz Concentrate Deer Repellent:
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The Deer Out 32oz Concentrate Deer Repellent could not miss out in this best deer repellent review. With thousands of customers also attesting to its effectiveness, this is a definite choice.
Unlike other repellents made with scents that repulse both the animal and even you, this concentrate has a pepper minty fresh scent that smells quite alright.
It is long lasting since it uses two stickers, natural based, that effectively keep it on your plants. These natural based ingredients are not only effective in keeping the animals away but also ensure that this chemical neither harmful nor toxic to the deer and rabbit.
It can also be sprayed directly onto your as it will not affect their productiveness or taste.
The 100% money back guarantee aggregates the compelling feature of this concentrate, and you can be sure that it won’t disappoint, if it does you can always take it back! Under normal weather conditions, this concentrate keeps deer and rabbits out of your garden for up to 3 to 4 months or even more.
3. Predator Guard Solar Powered Predator Deterrent:
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If you are looking for a repellant that quickly wards off those pesky nocturnal animals away (not only deer and rabbit but also fox, hawks, skunk, bear, etc.) then you should consider getting this Predator guard solar powered predator deterrent.
It specially designed to look like predators eyes thus effectively scaring and keeping the animals away. I find this product more humane and non-lethal than the chemical based methods.
Unlike other similar models that come with one single flash pattern that animals can get used to, this device has random patterns that animals can’t ignore or get used to.
The device components are made of heavy duty material that gives you service all day, every day of the year and without any maintenance required. This device can be easily mounted on any stable surface with an internal magnet or a screw.
I can’t help but emphasize on the level of low maintenance that this unit has. It not only automatically recharges via solar power compartment but also effectively turns itself on when in the dark and off during daylight! All you have to do is the first installation and forget about it! If you need this device to act for ½ a mile range in a 360-degree plane, then you can purchase at least 3 of these units.
4. Deer Stopper Quart Concentrate:
Another concentrate that is all natural and can be used on your edible vegetable and fruits is the Deer Stopper Quart Concentrate. The food grade ingredients used in the manufacture of this concentrate make it safe to use on all your garden plants. It dries clear and as such will not burn, discolor or stain any of your plants unlike most other concentrates in the market.
This repellant is also manufactured using a patented mixture of putrescent egg solids, mint and rosemary oil which form a pleasant smelling environ.
It dries odor free, so you won’t have to worry about any unpleasant lingering smells. It is easy to work with since has a less complicated formula and a more appealing smell.
The repellent action is active for around 30-days despite any prevailing weather conditions or plant watering regimes you may have. When well mixed this concentrate gives around ten times of a ready to use repellent mixture that should be enough considering the 30-day action effectiveness.
It is easily applied by sprayer method and should be adequate for use on about 10,000 sq. ft. of your garden.
5. Liquid Fence 113 Deer and Rabbit Repellent, 40-Ounce Concentrate:
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Another Liquid Fence product features on our best rabbit repellent review- the Liquid Fence 113 Deer and Rabbit Repellent, 40-Ounce Concentrate. This repellant is rain resistant and as such long lasting in its effectiveness of keeping deer and rabbits away.
For the more environmentally concerned, this repellant shouldn’t pose any harm since it is eco-friendly and bio-degradable ensuring safety to both plants, animals and soil.
It works via scent repulsion so animals will be effectively kept away before any can damage your garden plants, shrubs, vines, etc. The effectiveness of this chemical is reinforced by the 100 percent money back guarantee given by the manufacturer. You can apply it at any time of the year and still expect the same result during each season.
The repellent is safe to use on your edible plants and won't affects the plants or fruits taste or cause harmful effects once ingested. It also has a ‘just-spray’ application method that makes it very easy to use. It dries odorless, so you won’t have to worry about any unpleasant lingering smells.
6. I Must Garden Deer Repellent - Spice Scent - 32oz Ready-to-Use Spray:
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You’d appreciate the fact that this repellent comes ready to use so you won’t go through the hassle of mixing parts right. All you have to do is apply as required.
Besides, it has a spicy scent that should be quite pleasant for you but not so much for the deer. What also made this repellant top our review list is the active year round protection it gives your landscape against deer invasion.
Being eco-friendly, it is harmless to both plants, animals, man and the soils; all this enabled by the natural components- containing eggs, fish oil and garlic - substances used in its manufacture.
With this spice scented repellent mixed with botanical oils from cinnamon and clove plants which deer find extremely repulsive, your garden should be well guarded.
Not only does this repellent ward of deer but it also has insecticidal and antifungal properties induced by the clove and cinnamon oils. You will not have to worry about constant reapplications after rains or watering since this repellant is also rain resistant.
This long lasting 32oz bottle can be applied to up to 1000sqft. It is a definite must have.
7. Deer Out 1 Gallon Ready-To-Use Deer Repellent:
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Another Deer Out product tops our best deer repellent review list, and this is the Deer Out 1 Gallon Ready-To-Use Deer Repellent. As the name suggests once you buy this repellant you won’t be curbed by the gruesome mixing procedures needed for other concentrate repellents, it comes ready to use. It can also be applied directly to plants
Being a brand with thousands of customers and also coming with a 100% money back guarantee, you can be assured of the effectiveness of this repellent. It has a minty fresh scent that is somewhat pleasing to you but repulsive to deer.
The repulsion technique of this repellent is both by smell and taste of the peppermint that dissuades deer entirely.
You also won’t have to worry about reapplications after watering or rain or snow since this repellant doesn’t wash off, however, you should apply it every 30 to 90 days or as needed onto new plant growth.
This repellent comes with a sprayer component, eliminating any extra purchases you might before putting it into action. It should under normal conditions last for 4 months or more and serve for around 4000 sq. ft.
8. Liquid Fence HG-81126 Ready-to-Use Deer and Rabbit Repellent Spray:
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If you are looking for a ready to spray repellant that wards of both deer and rabbit then the Liquid Fence HG-81126 Ready-to-Use Deer and Rabbit Repellent Spray is a perfect choice.
With this repellant, you will not have to worry about the cumbersome mixing procedures that come with concentrates. Its means of repulsion is through scent and as such you will not have to worry about your shrubs, garden or vines etc. being munched off before the animals can be effectively repulsed.
This ready to use repellent can be used on edible crop since it won’t cause any harmful effects to you or change their taste. You also won’t have to fret about constant reapplication procedures after watering your plants since it's rain resistant. It also dries odorless so don’t expect any unpleasant lingering scents.
This long lasting spray is effective on both deer and rabbits, so you won’t have to keep exchanging between two different repellents. You can expect the same effect no matter what time of year it’s applied.
9. Bobbex Deer Repellent 32 oz. Ready To Use Spray - B550110:
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When it comes to the super-efficient and long-lasting ready to use spray repellents, then the Bobbex Deer Repellent 32 oz. ready to use spray - B550110 tops the list. With this repellant, you will have an excellent long lasting solution to ward off deer from your lawns.
This repellent also comes in a ready to use state, so you won’t have to bother with drawn out mixing procedures.
Natural ingredients are used in its manufacture making this repellant harmless to both man and wildlife and as such environmentally friendly. It can be sprayed on some edible vegetables except most edible leaves, herbs and roughly skinned berries.
The repulsion technique used in through both taste and smell. No reapplication is needed after rains, snow or watering since it doesn’t wash off!
Unlike other repellents in this review, this spray has to be correctly applied onto the surface of your plants’ foliage. It comes with its trigger sprayer so right out of the box all you have to do is unwrap and spray accordingly. This quantity lasts up to 2 months.
10. Enviro Pro 1006 Deer Scram Repellent Granular White Pail:
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Our review ends with another best deer and rabbit repellant from Enviro Pro- the Enviro Pro 1006 Deer Scram Repellent. Unlike other spray repellants that made it to this list, this repellent comes in a granular form that is applied using its shaker can.
Its mode of repulsion is through smell you won’t have to worry about any of your plants being nibbled on.
Its odor is very repulsive to deer but not unpleasant to man. To the deer and rabbit, the smell of this repellent is similar to that of their dead kin. As the brand name suggests, this repellant was manufactured to be more eco-friendly, and as such it is biodegradable and in fact, decomposes into high nitrogen organic nutrients that are beneficial to your soil structure.
It is also made out of natural components that reinforce its eco-friendly attribute. This granular repellant is easy to apply using the shaker and efficiently lasts through rains and snow. However, regular reapplication should be scheduled within one to one and a half months.
Here's What You Need To Look For Before Buying:
Before you attempt to buy any deer/rabbit repellent, take into account the following factors and tips…
Type of repellent
There are different kinds of repellents available in the market today. These include; physical repellant devices, chemical repellants, i.e., spray and pellet types.
Physical repellents are the best choice if you do not want to use any chemicals on your lawn or the animals however some perfectly eco-friendly chemical repellents are still available too.
Most repellents are infused with scents that tend to be unpleasant to both man and the target animals.
When picking out a repellent, make sure it has a smell that is quite pleasant or plainly un-disturbing to you. These may include mint or spice scented repellents.
Most of the brands displayed in this review have more pleasant scents for you.
Effect on edible plants
Granted you might be tilling palatable plants in your garden. As such make sure that the repellant you use is friendly to such plants.
Some do not wash out and may cause burns on your plants while others may distort the taste, smell and even cause harmful effects when ingested.
Rain and water resistance
This feature directly affects the long-lasting capability of the repellant.
Repellents that wash off need to be regularly reapplied after every rain, snow fall or watering period. Buying a repellant that doesn’t wash off should reduce the application requirements and quantity and as such make you save on the amount you use and ultimately the cost of using the repellent.
There are two types of repellent action methods in the market. The smell acting and taste acting repellent.
Some repellents come with both attributes while most are usually smell based types as seen in the reviewed brands. Aroma based repellents guarantee that your plants won’t be munched on since due to their effective repulsive scents.
Look for an Eco-friendly repellant
Considering that your repellant is to be applied to both plant and soil and can be ingested by the animals, you should consider getting one that is eco-friendly.
This makes sure that there won’t be any negative impacts such as death of plants, destruction of soil structure or death of target animals, associated with the application of the repellent.
Repellents give the much-needed solution to the animal problems you may encounter on your lawn, gardens, etc. They come fully prepared to ward of deer and rabbits in the least lethal and more eco-friendly manner.
Wildlife is nature and keeping it alive has endless benefits on you and your future generations. So, put down your traps, crossbows or gunfire and get yourself one of the 10 best rabbits and deer repellents I’ve reviewed for you above.