Homemade Deer Repellent For Hostas: How To Make Your Own?

I knew all along that deer eat hostas. Therefore, when I have no choice but to move to a place that is highly populated with these animals, my primary concern is protecting my ​small hosta collection. My first few days were spent building fences to surround my property. I also made sure to make plenty of homemade deer repellent for hostas.

Is this your first time to learn about deer repellents?

Deer repellents are safe to use and will not kill your hostas. However, they taste terrible and has an unpleasant smell. I spray some of it on my hostas to keep the deer away. Since deer are sensitive when it comes to smell, they will not dare go near the hostas. The bad taste will also discourage them from eating as well.

Nevertheless, deer repellents are not waterproof. Hence, I need to spray often to ensure protection. There are ready-mixed repellents that you can buy from the store, but you can make one yourself.

Before I learned how to make homemade deer repellent, I use bobbex to spray my hostas. Now that I can make my own, I never run out of stock, and it saves me a few bucks.

Make Your Own Homemade Deer Repellent In Three Easy Steps!

Making a deer repellent spray is simple. Remember that deer avoid awful smells and bitter taste. Based on these factors, you can think of your own ingredients for the mixture. Let me share with you some recipes that are an effective blend.

Rotten Egg Spray

Do you know that since eggs contain sulfur compounds when it gets rotten, it releases a gas called hydrogen sulfide? It smells so horrible that even deer cannot take it.

what you will need

  • 4 pcs of raw egg (beaten using mixers)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons of dairy (milk or yoghurt to make it dense and sticky)
  • 4 tablespoons pepper (the hottest, the better)

how to make it

  1. If you have a food processor, it would be easy. Just put all the ingredients and blend. Make sure you have blended it evenly.
  2. Look for a container to store the mixture. I prefer to choose one that has a lid. Set it aside and allow fermentation to happen. The strainer will take out the lumps of egg whites. Let it sit for a few days or a week.
  3. Pour the mixture into the bottle spray. Make sure to use a fine strainer for doing so. When ready, spray it to your hostas and every part of your yard that you think deer will stay.

I suggest you put just enough amount of mixture in the spray bottle. Clean the bottle every after use to prevent clogging up the nozzle.

Pepper Spray

You can choose your own pepper for this recipe. What do you think is the hottest pepper? However, take note that since it is very spicy, you might want to protect yourself from it.

 Avoid splashing it into your eyes. Use gloves when handling the peppers. Keep yourself in a distance when blending the chillies

what you will need

  • 5 pieces of super-hot peppers
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoon of oil
  • 4 tablespoons of dairy (milk or yoghurt to make it dense and sticky)

how to make it

  1. Use your food processor and mix peppers and water. Blend it until all the peppers dissolve.
  2. Look for a container with a lid. Use a coffee filter or a cheesecloth to serve as a strainer. Strain the mixture before pouring into the container. Straining is essential to prevent the nozzle from clogging.
  3. Blend in the rest of the ingredients (oil and milk) to make the mixture sticky.
  4. You can now use the mixture. Pour it inside a spray bottle and add more water for your desired consistency.
  5. Pour the mixture into the bottle spray. Make sure to use a strain in doing so. When ready, spray it to your hostas and every part of your yard that you think deer will stay.

Notice that the instructions on making the mixture are so simple. The idea is to blend all the ingredients together in the food processor. Whatever it is that comes to your mind, works the same.

I have tried many mixtures! You can invent your own too. A little experiment may be worth a try. Here are some blends that I have tried that works well also:

  • Hot chili, garlic and raw eggs
  • Hot sauce, vinegar, and water
  • Sour cream, soap, and yolks

Here is another ingredient combination for homemade deer repellent. You might like to try it out. Watch the video:


Making homemade deer repellent is just simple, right? As long as it is safe for the hostas and is not harmful to the deer, your mixture is good to go. I suggest that you spray the repellent early after the morning dew and every after it rains.

It is important that the surface where you like to spray is dry; otherwise, the mixture will not stick. Homemade deer repellent is the most natural way to control deer from harming your hostas. If you have thought of ingredients that is much stronger in the smell and tastes terrible at the same time than what I have shared, will you care to share?


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