How Did the Deer Guard Recipe Work? {Photos – One month later}

A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for a concoction called Deer Guard.  It is sprayed on your flowers and the theory is the deer don’t like the taste/smell of it and won’t eat your plants.

How did it work?  See for yourself…



This plant (above) is called BeeBalm, I’ve had it for 3 or 4 years and this is the first time I ever saw it bloom!!


I have been extremely happy with the results, however, I slacked off a bit on spraying the yellow flowers pictured above because I thought the deer didn’t like them.  Lesson learned…they made a midnight snack of several of these plants,  so never underestimate what the deer may eat.




  1. Oh , I will definitely be mixing up some of that.

  2. Mari Starkey says

    So do you think that the cooking oil tends to make the concoction stay on the plant longer? I have seen a lot of these recipes and I’m going to try on that had this list – but I was going to ADD your idea of oil!! I’ve also seen that people seem to think this works better if you mix it and let it sit in a bucket in the sun for a week or so and then I’m pretty sure it has a pretty horrendous stink! Just wondered about the oil and whether you thought it stayed longer?

    4 eggs
    1 T. Sriracha (or Tabasco)
    2 tsp. Garlic Powder
    2 tsp. White Pepper
    1 tsp Dish Soap

    • I think the oil does help it cling to the leaves and foliage much better. I have never tried letting it sit in the sun…I think the odour would diminish your ability to enjoy your garden. Best of luck, let me know how you make out with it.

  3. MS Susie Beckham says

    I agree with Labuta…deer eat anything. They ate my lantana & they are suppose to hate it. Hahaha…they ate it to the ground! But, left the blooming yellowbells alone. Weird.

    I was so upset yesterday. Our backyard is deer proofed we hope. Put up fencing. In 13 years the deer have never eaten anything in our front yard beds. Until yesterday….they ate my roses, mock orange, lillies, oxalis, blue plumbago, ajuda…anything was fair game to them. Oh, it’s not just 1 or 2 deer its all 15 that usually bed down in our backyard were in the flower beds with 3 fawns.

    I am going to try this recipe.

  4. Ivonne Bridges says

    My name is Ivonne
    And this morning was one of so many sad sad sad
    The deers eating all my hard work the make my backyard pretty they leave it empty nothing cero , somebody told me the if I put some bright light the reflex the light and even better moves they scared and go away
    I gonna make some of those dressing and see what’s happen thanks for all your comments

  5. s. labuta says

    I’ve been gardening for 50+ years and I found that deer will eat anything. They don’t know they don’t like the taste until they’ve eaten it. Deer have never eaten my Monarda (Bee Balm) but will eat the yellow flowers, any yellow flowers. They’ve even eaten my spirea, lilacs, rhododendron which deer are not supposed to eat! PFFT.
    I usually buy a costly spray that does work and lasts a month but sometimes getting to the store in time has been an issue. I will try your recipe and add some chopped garlic.

  6. So true about yellow flowers! The deer used to clean out my Pink Bee Balm, had it for four years before using this recipe and never saw one flower. Like the addition of garlic…will add that to my next batch, thanks!


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