You can use an electric fence to deter deer, but in order to be successful, you have to use your fencing strategically. Want to keep the deer out of your pasture or garden? Then, check out these essential tips:
1. Use continuous electrical current to encourage the deer to create new habits.
Deer are creatures of habit, and if deer have been snacking in your field or garden for a long time, you will need to work hard to encourage them to embrace a new eating routine. To achieve that, you need to run electricity to the fence constantly.
Once you believe you have successfully encouraged the deer to go elsewhere, then you can feel free to turn on and off the electrical current as desired.
2. Use a powerful energizer on your electric fence.
Keep in mind that deer are significantly larger than foxes, raccoons or many other creatures you may want to deter using an electric fence. Because of that, you need as strong of a current as possible. Ideally, when shopping for electric fences, look for one with an energizer that can send a current strong enough to deter a large creature such as a deer or cow.
3. Make the wire noticeable.
When trying to deter deer with an electric fence, you cannot just rely on fazing them with a bit of electricity. You also have to make that wire stick in their minds. To make the electric wire more noticeable and more memorable, tie some pieces of black and white fabric to it.
Those colors contrast with the surrounding landscape, helping to make the wire noticeable, and the fabric straps can blow in the wind, making them even more noticeable to deer.
4. Bait the wire after installation.
In addition to making the wire noticeable to the deer, consider attracting the deer to the wire with some bait. To bait an electric fence, spread something sweet like jam on it or place some apples under it. When the deer approach to grab their treat, they will be instantly shocked, starting the process of deterring them from the area.
5. Block paths into your area.
If possible, don't rely exclusively on your electric fence--also try to block other entrances into the area. For example, if deer are entering your land through a forest with a lot of wildlife trails in it, use logs or rocks to blocks paths and make them less hospitable to the deer.
6. Use electric wiring in conjunction with a range of fencing options.
If you follow the tips outlined above, you can make a simple wire fence that deters deer. However, if the deer in your area are especially resistant to setting new habits, try mixing electrical wire with other types of fencing.
For example, you can pair electric wire with super tall fencing that deer cannot jump over. Alternatively, you can put up two electric wire fences a couple of feet from each other, and in addition to the fear created by the electricity, the deer will not be able to jump both fences at once.Share
14 October 2015
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