Tips for successful use of Deer Defeat
Use of Deer Defeat to protect your Spring/Fall bulb planting
Use the same procedure for newly planted annuals. Spray them as soon as they are planted. During the growing season, spray every 6 or 7 inches of new growth. Once the flowers are mature, repeat the spraying once per month. For long stemmed flowers, budding at different times, repeat by lightly spraying as they bloom.
When planting mature plants or you start using Deer Defeat repellent late in the season, make sure to spray your plants weekly for the first 3 weeks and continue with monthly spraying thereafter. This will give you needed protection if you have very aggressive deer and you did not start protecting your plants in early spring. The coating of the repellent on the foliage will keep your flowers well protected even after days of prolonged rainfall.
Deer Defeat repellent works best by itself, do not alternate with other repellents!
Always shake the repellent well before you start spraying and during prolonged application. For best results, make sure to spray in non windy conditions and with no rain in the forecast for the next 4-5 hours. The repellent will dry odorless in a few minutes but will take a few hours to fully set.
It is very important to always begin by shaking the repellent well. We recommend you spray vegetables and fruit trees with Deer Defeat up to the flowering stage. When your vegetables start flowering, just spray the grass two feet wide around the perimeter of the garden once per month. After mowing the grass, reapply the repellant.
If your fruit trees are not bearing fruit yet, spray the trees directly. For mature fruit trees spray the lower branches or the grass under or around the trees. Reapply after mowing. The repellent will protect your vegetables and fruit trees from deer damage as well as nourish them.
Always start with a good shake of Deer Defeat repellent. If you use a commercial sprayer do the same, shake the container, adjust the nozzle just a little coarser than fine spray and begin spraying. There is no need to saturate the foliage, to spray around the plants or under the leaves. Spray directly on foliage until you see visible droplets. You will not need to reapply the repellent after rainfall. For any flowers with long stems like tulips, hostas, lilies and roses, make sure to spray buds as they form. Just follow these simple steps and you will enjoy beautiful flowers the entire season.
When you purchase the 16 oz Concentrate of Deer Defeat, please mix the entire bottle at once to achieve the perfect ratio for a gallon of repellent. Use any empty, well rinsed, gallon container such as milk, juice or water gallon. You can use rubber gloves to protect your hands from absorbing the odor of the repellent. If you do get some accidently on your skin, follow the instructions on how to clean the repellent off your hands. Shake the 16 oz Concentrate well, pour into the gallon container. After you have poured the concentrate into the clean gallon container, add some water to the empty 16 oz container and rinse well with the water making sure to gather all the remaining leftover deposits and oils from the 16 oz container. Pour into the gallon container. Add more water to make a gallon total of Ready To Use Repellent.
Very important: 16 0z Concentrate is a part of a Gallon, do not add a gallon of water to it. Once mixed as Ready To Use solution the repellent has a long shelf life. If you have any repellent left over this season, if stored properly, it will be just as effective and ready for use next season. When filling a pump sprayer or hand bottle sprayer, it is very important to shake the entire gallon of Ready To Use repellent well before filling your sprayer and before you start each application. Periodically, shake the repellent during prolonged spraying. For detailed instructions on how to use Ready To Use repellent, please refer to “General use of Ready To Use repellent for flowers and vegetables”.
When you purchase a Gallon Concentrate of Deer Defeat, follow the same instructions as for 16 oz. Concentrate. You can wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from absorbing the odor of the repellent. Prior to using the concentrate, make sure that you shake the contents vigorously in order to mix the ingredients well. If mixing one gallon of Ready To Use at a time, use 16 oz of concentrate for each gallon of Ready to Use (remember, 16 ounces of concentrate is a part of a Gallon of Ready To Use repellent. Do not add 1gallon of water to 16 ounces of Concentrate). Use the same formula as for 16 oz Concentrate to make any desired quantity of Ready To Use repellent.
If preparing the entire gallon of concentrate, shake the contents thoroughly, empty the gallon into a proper sized container. Add some water to gallon container to rinse and gather all the deposits and oils remaining from the gallon container. Pour this into the proper sized container. Add remaining water to make a total of 8 gallons (1 gallon Concentrate is a part of 8 Gallons of Ready To Use repellent, do not add 8 gallons of water to it. 1 Gallon of Concentrate plus 7 gallons of water equals 8 gallons of Ready To Use repellent.
Once mixed, the repellent has a long shelf life. If you have any repellent left over this season, if stored properly, it will be just as effective and ready for use next season.
It is very important to remember, when filling a pump sprayer, shake the entire mixture of Ready To Use repellent well before filling your sprayer and before you start each application. Periodically shake the repellent during prolonged spraying.
Early spring is the most important time to protect your perennials just peeking out of the ground. Deer are extremely hungry after the long winter and by starting with early spraying you are training deer to stay away from your precious flowers early in the season. We can’t stress enough the importance of early spraying for a successful season free from deer damage. As soon as your perennials are an inch or two high start spraying them. During the growing season, spray every 6 or 7 inches of new growth. Once the flowers are mature, repeat the spraying once per month. For any budding flowers with long stems like tulips, lilies, hostas, roses… make sure to also spray new buds lightly as they form and new flowers as they open.
Use the same procedure for newly planted annuals. Spray them as soon as they are planted. During the growing season, spray every 6 or 7 inches of new growth. Once the flowers are mature, repeat spraying once per month. For long stemmed flowers budding at different times, lightly spray the buds as they form and flowers as they bloom.
When planting mature plants or if you start using Deer Defeat repellent late in the season, make sure to spray your plants weekly for the first 3 weeks and continue with monthly spraying thereafter. This will give you that needed protection from previous deer browsing if you have very aggressive deer and you did not start protecting your plants in early spring.
For a successful season, you will need to continue your monthly maintenance application with Deer Defeat repellent until the end of the flowering season. With constant use of Deer Defeat repellent you might not see any deer around your flowers, but, this does not mean they are not there. Deer are in search of food mostly at night when you will are not likely to see them. As long as the scent of Deer Defeat is on your plants, they will not bother to stop and explore your gardens.
For best results, make sure to spray in non windy conditions and with no rain in the forecast for the next 4-5 hours. The repellent will dry odorless in a few minutes but will take a few hours to fully set.
Fall /Winter Use:
Always start by shaking well the Deer Defeat, deer, rabbit and groundhog repellent before each use.
Fall spraying: If you followed the directions for spraying and have done regular maintenance since the spring, continue to spray monthly. If you just planted mature plants such as fall mums, make sure you spray them immediately. Repeat once per week for the first three weeks in the beginning. Spray during the budding stage and when flowers appear. Thereafter, once per month in warmer weather or until the plant has stopped flowering.
Winter Use: Always start by shaking well the container of Deer Defeat. It’s always a good idea to get into the habit of shaking the repellent often. This applies even more so during application in the cold weather months. Make sure to totally coat the entire evergreen with Deer Defeat repellent. You are preparing them for a long winter’s protection. Spray the entire evergreen in late November or just before the first snowfall. For best results, make sure to spray on a dry and calm day. The repellent will dry odorless in 15 minutes or less, but it will take at least 4 hrs to fully set on any plants you may have sprayed. Deer Defeat repellent will dry clear and if applied correctly, will coat your evergreens and protect them from cold temperatures and strong harsh winds during the winter months.
Each region has different temperatures and different plants that need protection. Make sure you repeat the second application at the end of January or early February, on a calm and sunny day. You can spray your evergreens even if the temperature is below freezing. You should not need more than 2 applications during the winter unless you have extremely aggressive deer. In brutally cold areas, where deer are unable to find food easily because of the long snow season, make sure you pay attention to the deer tracks and their vicinity to your sprayed evergreens.
Reapply Deer Defeat repellent as needed. Deer Defeat is extremely effective in the winter. If you follow our instructions, you will not need to use any burlap or put up deer fences.
Caution: The only evergreen that does not like to be sprayed in below freezing temperatures is Rhododendron. Do not spray during extreme cold temperature when the leaves are curled and hang down straight appearing pencil thin. The plant in this condition is under environmental stress. Spraying might damage the leaves. Wait to spray until warmer temperature conditions and the leaves are somewhat more open (if you must spray, there is no need for leaves to be totally open but none should still be curled up).
Very important: During winter spraying make sure you periodically shake your sprayer. It’s always a good idea to get into the habit of shaking the repellent often, this applies even more so during application in the cold weather months.
Storage of Deer Defeat repellent: For best performance in the winter, make sure to keep Deer Defeat Repellent stored in above freezing temperature.
Store repellent between 400 F to 900 F. Keep away from children.
Use of Deer Defeat to protect your Spring/Fall bulb planting:
Spring/Fall Bulbs: If you are planting bulbs, soak them for an hour or two in the RTU (Ready To Use) solution, then let dry slightly for at least a half an hour and plant as usual. Doing so, you will protect your bulbs from being damaged by various critters along with giving the bulbs a boost in their growth. Strain solution used for soaking through a fine mesh to eliminate possible debris from the bulbs that could clog sprayer. Pour strained solution back into sprayer, to be used as usual.
How Deer Defeat can protect your tractor and machinery from mice damage during winter storage:
I am sure it happens to a lot of people and farmers just as it happened to us a few years ago. If you don’t use your cars, tractors or machinery during the winter months, never store birdseed nearby. The mice will be very busy bringing all the birdseed up through the exhaust pipe into your catalytic converter making themselves a nice cozy home for the winter. Not only will this cause you plenty of aggravation until you figure out what is wrong with your vehicle, but it might also cost you a lot of money to have it fixed. We learned the hard way to spray all our machinery after this happened to us the very first time.
Following is the testimonial from a customer who uses Deer Defeat for traditional and … not so traditional use. Same as us, he also discovered how effective Deer Defeat is in protecting his tractor and all his other equipment when stored during the winter months.
As told by Will Stanley, owner of local Radio WKZE 98.1FM who had an interesting story to tell Testimonial:
“I have kind of a Deer Defeat story that, thought anecdotal, may be something you can use. In the past, mice have always gotten in to my lawnmower and built nests all over, especially in the engine. Had to have my head gasket replaced last summer! My wife suggested I Deer Defeat-it all over, especially the engine. I did so with every piece of equipment I have, and, guess what, it worked! Not a mouse nest anywhere”!
Red Hook , NY
How to remove the scent of repellent from your hands:
Deer Defeat is an eco-friendly all natural deer, rabbit and groundhog repellent, safe for humans, animals and environment. If Deer Defeat accidently comes in contact with your skin it is not harmful as it's made with all natural ingredients. The best thing to do is to mix or spray using non-absorbent gloves if possible, to avoid getting the scent of Deer Defeat on your hands.
However, if you do get some repellent on your hands and the odor bothers you, try one of these simple solutions. Use a creamy liquid soap. Rub hands thoroughly with the soap without using water. Wipe off with a paper towel. You can repeat this couple of times if you like and then wash normally and rinse with water.
Another method is to lightly moisten hands. Sprinkle abundant baking soda on your hands and rub well. Rinse with clean water. Repeat a few times if needed. You can also finish off with some fresh lemon juice and nice creams. These procedures generally work quite well in removing the scent of Deer Defeat from hands.
As most of our customers say: ”Deer Defeat repellent does not smell like roses but it does a great job!”
Remember…”Deer Defeat …..It Can’t Be Beat” !!!!!!!!!
Deer Defeat Team