Urine Luck! Does Human Urine Repel Deer?
Deer can be a real problem for gardeners and farmers alike, munching away at prized blooms or devouring crops. Many people swear by various methods to repel deer, from commercial sprays to human hair on strings. One popular method is using urine as a deterrent – but does it really work? In this article, we’ll explore the science behind using urine to keep deer at bay.
The Science of Smell
Firstly, it’s important to understand that deer have an incredibly keen sense of smell. Their noses are about 1,000 times more sensitive than ours and they use scent-marking heavily in their communication with each other. So if there’s a new odor in their territory (such as your vegetable patch), they’re going to investigate.
When it comes to different types of urine, researchers have found that some do deter predators while others don’t seem to make much difference. For example, mountain lion urine has been shown to reduce browsing damage by white-tailed deer when sprayed on trees (source).
Does It Really Work?
While the idea might sound like an old wives’ tale or a joke from a frat party movie, many gardeners believe that using human pee can be effective against unwanted visitors in outdoor spaces. But what does the evidence say? Here are some key points:
Do Some Types of Pee Work Better Than Others?
The answer seems straightforward – apparently ‘predator’ scents like coyote or fox pee puts prey animals like deer off approaching them but what about human pee which just defines us as another herbivore sharing territory ? Research into whether predator versus non-predator responses vs mammals versus poultry etc impacts success rate however rangers across America frequently talk up its effectiveness so give it try !
What About Gender Or Diet Differences?
Humans vary widely based upon gender, diet and age for example while the acidity of human urine may play a role certain studies suggest males absent from diets heavy on red meat ( a carnivoric dietary inclusion marker known to cause stronger odor) detected comparable results (source) as female or vegetarians’ !
How Should Urine Be Applied?
If you’re keen to experiment with pee, there are various methods that people have used successfully. Here are some options:
|Apply directly by urinating around the borders of affected areas during times when deer aren’t likely to be active||Never use old/rancid urine; not only is this ineffective but its foul smell also repulses humans nearby|
|Use empty stink bombs containing fresh human pee distributed at main entry points since they disperse continuously without your constant presence||Although tempting never use condoms filled with synthetic version — deer find it offensive rather than scared!|
Other Ways To Keep Deer Away
Of course, using pee isn’t the only way to keep deer out of your garden or farmland. Other methods include:
- Fencing: A tall enough fence that goes into the ground can deter most if not all trespassing deers.
- Motion Sensor Sprinklers – Upon sensing an infliltration attackers like possums , raccoons (and cats ) etc high-powered water spray ensures they won’t return again any time soon.
- Using Deer Repellent : Many commercial products spraying natural oils such as cinnamon, cloves,and peppermint deterring herbivores limiting their destruction in one area
Remember though deterrent results vary depending upon where you live and what seasons offer specific challeges . Additionally these animals adapt so rotate methods every week should interest in nibbling occur!