How to - Pests & Diseases

Deer-proof your garden

Laura Langston
Photography by
Mark Raycroft

Keep Bambi at bay--at least for a while

Home brew
The province of Manitoba has a homeowners' guide to managing deer posted on its website. Included is this recipe for a homemade repellent that's environmentally friendly and doesn't harm deer. Mix one tablespoon (15 millilitres) of liquid dish detergent with one ounce (28 grams) of hot sauce in one quart (1.1 litres) of water. Sprinkle on plants that deer are likely to find appealing.

Importing repellants
With the limited number of registered deer repellents available in Canada, some gardeners import products from the U.S. “I ordered coyote urine that came at the price of a very fine wine,” says Louise McCann, who gardens in Ontario. It amused her neighbours tremendously and discouraged the deer until the drive for food became stronger than the fear of coyotes.

Bringing any pest control product over the border is jointly regulated by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and falls under the Pest Control Products category.

According to the legislation, importation is strictly prohibited for commercial use. However, chemical pest control products or devices not registered in Canada may be imported for personal use if the total quantity does not exceed 500 grams by mass or 500 millilitres by volume and the monetary value doesn't exceed $10.

For more details, contact information services for the Pest Management Regulatory Agency at 800/267-6315.

Black mesh fencing: Benner's Gardens, 201 Fayette St., Conshohock, Pennsylvania 19428; 800/244-3337.

Electric fences: Blitz Enterprises.

Motion-activated sprinkler: Scarecrow, Contech Electronics.

Repellents: Tree Guard

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