Keep deer, rabbits, squirrels and mice away with Bounce dryer sheets
In the vegetable garden at Opportunities Unlimited, everything was being eaten, week after week.
“During my lunch hour I could watch the deer eat the cabbage right in front of me,” he said.
Then he tried a tip he got from a farmer: use Bounce dryer sheets.
Bracikowski used twist ties to attach the corner of the sheet to a bamboo stick that was about three and one-half feet tall. He placed the sticks all around the garden.
“They eliminated the deer the next day,” he said. “It was like an electric fence.”
For the rabbits, he used sticks about one foot high so that the sheets were just a few inches above the tops of the cabbage. It kept the rabbits away, too.
Bracikowski said the dryer sheets works for squirrels and mice as well. In his summer home, he’s going to place sheets by vents and doors to discourage the rodents.
In the beginning, he added new dryer sheets to the bamboo sticks every week, then added sheets less frequently. He stopped completely by the end of the summer.
“By August, they knew not to come,” Bracikowski said.
What amazes me is that one method kept deer away for an entire season. Usually people find that one method will work for a few weeks, then they have to try another method.
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