Homemade Spray To Keep Animals Out Of Garden
If you’re like me, you love to garden. But I hate seeing my hard work get ruined by animals. I live on a wooded lot, so that means deer will eat my flowers and rabbits will gobble up my plants if given the chance. I don’t want to hurt the animals (deer especially can be very sweet), but I also need to keep them away from my plants. So what’s a gardener to do? This homemade spray is the answer! It keeps away all sorts of pests without hurting them—just spray it on your plants every few days or after it rains, and it’ll keep those pesky squirrels at bay.
- 2 Tablespoons hot sauce (or more to taste)
- A few drops of dish soap
1/4 cup of hot sauce
- 1/4 cup of hot sauce. You can use any kind, but I would recommend a variety to get the most benefit out of your garden.
- If you want something spicy but not too spicy, try Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or Tabasco.
- If you’re looking for something milder than those two, try Cholula (my personal favorite), or even just plain old vinegar.
1 tablespoon of dish soap
The first ingredient we’re going to use is dish soap. Dish soap is a great choice for keeping animals out of the garden because it can be used as a natural insecticide, but also for cleaning dirty dishes, laundry and windows. Most common brands have some kind of citrus smell that helps deter pests from returning to your yard.
1 tablespoon of dish soap
Mixing: Place 1 tablespoon of the dish soap in an empty spray bottle (or any container with a spout). Fill the rest with water until it reaches full capacity
2 cups of water
- Water: It’s important to use distilled water for this recipe, as tap water can contain chemicals that could harm your plants. You can also use any type of natural water from a pond, stream, rain barrel or lake if you like.
- Vinegar: Any type of vinegar will do in this recipe but apple cider vinegar is recommended because it has a subtle scent that repels insects while repelling fleas and ticks on your pets!
- Add the ingredients to a spray bottle, then shake well before each use.
- Spray on plants, avoiding blossoms.
- Spray every few days or after it rains.
- Cover edible plants thoroughly before consuming them.
Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to mix. Shake before each use. When ready to use, spray on plants, avoiding the blossoms as much as possible to keep bees away. Spray every few days or after it rains. Be sure to cover edible plants thoroughly before consuming them.
- Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to mix. Shake before each use.
- When ready to use, spray on plants, avoiding the blossoms as much as possible to keep bees away. Spray every few days or after it rains. Be sure to cover edible plants thoroughly before consuming them!
A homemade spray is a great way to keep animals out of your garden without harming them.
…a homemade spray is a great way to keep animals out of your garden without harming them. The ingredients are safe for humans and pets, and will keep rabbits, deer, raccoons, opossums and other critters away without hurting them.
This will keep most animals out of your garden, however it is not fool-proof. Don’t be discouraged if you see an animal in your garden, as some are more determined than others to get to the food they want! With regular use, this spray should help deter them.