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Is it safe to use pepper to keep deer away from plants?

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Is it safe to use pepper to keep deer away from plants?

Post  pbdag on 7/10/2013, 1:18 pm

I'm new here and am so glad I found you. In my garden, deer are eating my cucumber leaves, the tops of my pepper plants and the tops of my sun flower plants. I have been successful planting sunflowers in the planter wall of my carport. The squirrels have just started digging in the dirt and I fear they will attack the heads of the sunflowers once they are formed. Can I deter these critters behavior by sprinkling hot pepper on the plants or will it kill the plants? I'm a softie and don't want to hurt the critters so I'll make sure there is plenty of water for them to drink after they get a mouth full of pepper. Thanks for your help!

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Re: Is it safe to use pepper to keep deer away from plants?

Post  llama momma on 7/10/2013, 1:26 pm

I don't use pepper after reading how painful and blinding it can be for some animals if they happen to rub their mouth and then gets in their eyes.  Liquid Fence and Deer Away are a couple of products I think uses sulfur or coyote urine.  I have both and it seems to work fine.

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Post  pbdag on 7/10/2013, 10:51 pm

THANK YOU soooo much for your reply. The last thing I want is to hurt any animal. I'll head over to Lowe's in the afternoon and pick up the liquid fence. I've seen it there and just wasn't sure how effective it was.

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