This deer repellent has been around for many years. A product from farm supply maker, Miller Manufacturing. Said to be effective on fruits, nut trees, vegetables, vine crops and ornamentals.
- Application Type: liquid spray
- Deer Control Method: Deer control by smell and taste
- Active Ingredients: extremely concentrated hot pepper
- Rain Resistance: 2-3 weeks in average rainfall if mixed with a sticking agent such as Vapor Guard or Wilt-Pruf. If applied alone, not rain resistant
- Chemical Makeup: Natural: environmentally safe, biodegradable and non-toxic
- EPA Registered: EPA exempt
- Plant Safety: Safe for ornamental plants. Can be applied to vegetable plants, but all food will take on the hot pepper taste
- Professional Endorsement: none
Small Area Application: mix at rate of 2 tablespoons (1 fl oz) of Hot sauce and 1/2 pint of Vapor Gard for each 12 1/2 gallons of water.
Per Acre Application: Apply as a full coverage spray to tree trunks, branches, and foliage where feeding by deer is occurring or is expected to occur.
Miller’s Hot Sauce applied alone is not water resistant. Mix it with Miller’s Vapor Gard for water resistance – at a 20:1 dilution. After adding the sticker, plan on reapplying every 2-3 weeks in average rainfall conditions. You can also use Wilt-Pruf as the sticker additive.
** New plant growth does require further spray applications to protect young foliage from deer browsing.
Actual User Comments:
“Hot Sauce … had less damage than controls for 4-6 weeks (Flg0-> 4 .82, PC0 .03) and had more damage than BGRP (Big Game Repellent Powder) seedlings after 2 – 3 weeks. …” USDA National Wildlife Research Center
Buying through Amazon might be best. The manufacturer only gives full refunds on unopened returns.