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homemade rabbit and deer repellent

As you may know, this year has been a struggle in our garden this year. Not only were we dealing with the lack of sun in our yard, but we also had animals sneaking in and eating what was flourishing. I had been feeling a bit uneasy about our lush sweet potatoes and full beans but didn’t act on my gut. I wish I had taken more precaution against those big mouthed intruders before we were robbed. It’s like my dad always says, “If you think something, you should probably act on it.”


Most gardeners know that heartache when your crop gets ransacked by a pest or animal. I wasn’t going to let our hard work and harvest go without a fight. To help me stand my ground without constructing a fence, I took to the kitchen to make a little organic cocktail to deter any critters from hitting our garden for a late night meal.


Homemade rabbit and deer repellent


4-5 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp red pepper flakes

Making it:

Mix the ingredients in a large spray bottle, and let the mix marinate overnight for a potent mix. It’s as simple as that. You’re armed and ready to fight. When you run out, just refill the bottle with more water, and if needed, add more red pepper.

Using it:

Spray liberally over the entire plant, focusing on the ends and leaves. Reapply frequently, especially after a rain.

The natural rabbit and deer repellent worked like a charm for us. The greens of our sweet potatoes were making a comeback, and I was able to sleep soundly knowing the vulnerable plants in the front yard were safe from our random Atlanta deer.

Things were starting to really turn around… and then we went out of town. When we got home from our anniversary getaway, we discovered the bed in our fenced-in backyard garden got cleaned out. In the front, a deer sampled a little of everything. It took out the majority of our red okra, an entire rhubarb plant, and parts of our pepper and tomato plants. Who would have thought we would have problems with deer when we live 6 miles from downtown Atlanta?


I’ll be spraying our plants nightly until the end of the season. With as tough of a summer season as we have had, I want to harvest as much as we can before the frost. This homemade rabbit and deer repellent does the trick in keeping our harvest safe and sound from those late-night trespassers.

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  • Reply
    Cheryl Parrish
    June 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I really want to try this to repel deer from eating everything in our front yard! I’m just wondering what keeps the pepper flakes from clogging the tube that the spray comes out of? Thanks!!

    • Reply
      this natural dream
      June 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      We have not had any issues with the red pepper flakes clogging because we use the larger flakes. If you would rather play it on the safe side you could make the mix in a container and let it marinate for a week or so. Then filter it into the spray bottle when you are ready to defend.


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    July 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Hi! Thank you for the recipe! I am with you on the deer eating our lovely garden. Did you mince the garlic cloves or leave them whole? Thanks so much!

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