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Deer deterrents

Listed below are a variety of non-toxic methods that will assist with deterring deer. Any solution that is applied or sprayed on an area will need to be reapplied after rain.  These recipes should also not be used on plants used for human consumption as they will affect the taste, hence why they deter the deer!

Fish based deterrent
3 Tbsp finely ground kelp
1 Cup fish emulsion
3 Tbsp IvoryTM
Mix the above together and add enough water to make spraying easy.  Apply directly to plants and trees.

Blood based deterrent
1 Tbsp dried blood (garden stores)
4 cloves powdered garlic
2 gallons cool water
Mix ingredients into water and spray onto desired areas.  Use sparingly as this recipe may burn plants due to its high nitrogen content.

Pepper based deterrent
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp kelp
3 Tbsp liquid hand soap
½ Tsp oil of peppermint (not peppermint extract)
1 pint warm water
Mix ingredients together and spray onto desired areas.

Plants that naturally deter deer:

  • Rotunda Chinese holly
  • Foxglove
  • Mexican oregano
  • Mint
  • Wormwood
  • Spearmint
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Madagascar periwinkle
  • Artemisias
  • Variety of thorny bushes
Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

Operating hours

Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

Operating hours

Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 489-2201

Operating hours

St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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  • Administration
    (763) 522-4325
  • Animal Admissions
    (763) 412-4969
  • Pet Behavior Helpline
    (763) 489-2202
  • Boarding
    (763) 489-2222
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