How To Get Rid Of Deer Poop In The Yard?

Deers are lovely and gracious creatures that we could watch all day long, so you will undoubtedly like the sight when they emerge in your yard. However, deers can cause significant damage to your neatly cared for backyard.

If you’ve spent a lot of money on lawn care and fertilization, the last thing you want is piles of deer droppings all over the place. And yet, if you live in the fast-expanding urban-suburban interface, that’s exactly what you’re going to get.

Deer flourish in these formerly natural areas, munching flora and removing tree bark. Deer droppings are pretty easy to recognize because they are typically oval, with one flat end and one pointed end.

Individual pellets are around one-half to three-quarters of an inch long, and mounds can be up to 6 inches in diameter. The droppings appear shiny, dark, and wet when they are fresh.

Although it may appear disgusting, deer excrement is a natural component of the environment. It is a source of nutrients for both plants and animals. Deer droppings are also used to generate fertilizer and fuel oil in several nations.

But we get it, you do not want your backyard to resemble a country farm. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of deer droppings without using chemicals or other environmentally hazardous methods. We’ll discuss them next.

But first, let us talk about the reasons why you may have deers in your backyard. Here is a list of four of the most common reasons:

  • Deer have a keen sense of smell and are drawn to groomed lawns.

  • Your healthy garden provides easy access to good food all year round, and it has caught the attention of the local deer population.

  • Natural food sources can be sparse during droughts and cold weather, and your lawn is a reliable supply of sustenance for them.

  • Suburban environments are safer for deer since there are fewer natural predators; the deer in your yard could be enjoying a stress-free supper.

With so many reasons to come dine in your lawn and garden, it’s no surprise that getting rid of deer is so difficult. On the bright side, the presence of deer in your yard indicates that you’re doing something right. 

What You Should Know About Deer

Deer are notoriously voracious feeders, consuming 6 to 10 pounds of food each day during the spring and summer. They don’t consume grass, except for frail, tender spring buds, but they do eat weeds and other broad-leaved plants.

In other words, they devour almost everything in your vegetable and flower gardens, as well as the bark from your trees. With all of that intake, the output is tremendous. During the spring, summer, and fall, the average deer releases pellets every 45 minutes.

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Deer Poop?

Using a shovel and some kitty litter to remove deer excrement from your yard is an excellent method. You could also substitute the kitty litter with sawdust. The kitten litter will assist in masking the odor, and the shovel will provide you with something to scoop it with.

Spread some kitty litter on the deer dung as soon as you detect it. This will reduce the odor and create a barrier between the substance and your nose. It will also aid in the absorption of any surplus liquid from the deer excrement.

For optimal results, apply a thick layer of kitty litter over the deer droppings. After that, simply sweep up any surplus kitty litter that was pushed aside during application and dispose of it in your trashcan.

This is a quick, simple, and natural approach to remove deer droppings from your yard that will not leave any dangerous substance behind.

However, there are numerous methods for removing deer excrement from your grass. You could, for example, employ a chemical way to eliminate it, such as spraying it with a strong-smelling liquid that will disintegrate it.

However, if done in excess, this procedure can leave hazardous chemicals behind and risk poisoning our water source. And for this reason, it should not be your first choice.

The Benefits Of Deer Droppings

Deer manure, like all fresh manure, has a high nitrogen concentration. Fresh droppings can feed your lawn and help it grow healthier. Free deer droppings on the lawn will not replace stronger fertilizers, but you will be able to avoid the chemicals included in many manufactured fertilizers and have more control over what goes into your soil and vegetation.

Keep in mind that deer do not care about spreading their droppings as uniformly as you do, and big heaps of droppings will burn the grass. It is your responsibility to pick up a rake or shovel and scatter the heaps equally across your lawn or dispose of the droppings.

If you do decide to leave deer droppings on your lawn, remember to wear gloves and avoid touching the droppings. And keep the waste away from locations where children play or edible crops are cultivated. Any tools used for deer dropping should be completely cleaned before being reused.

Is Deer Poop Bad For The Environment?

When an organism defecates, it excretes waste components from its body that contain nitrogen and/or phosphorus. In the wild these compounds are easily broken down by microorganisms in the soil, causing harm to the natural environment.

But, when deer excrement is deposited on soil surfaces, however, nitrogen and phosphorus levels tend to decline with time. This is due to the high concentration of cellulose and lignin in deer excrement, which are substances that microbes can easily degrade.

As a result, while deer droppings may temporarily affect your yard by delivering too much nitrogen or phosphorus to your plants, they are unlikely to have a long-term impact on the environment.

A Cautionary Note

Deer droppings can sometimes contain pathogens such as E. coli and should never be used to fertilize fruits, vegetables, or anything else meant for human consumption. 

Wear protective gloves when handling or working with droppings, and wash your hands promptly thereafter, before touching any part of your body or other things.

Rinse or wash any footwear or clothes that have come in contact with the droppings to avoid bringing any potential contamination into your home.

Recognizing Deer Activity In Your Neighborhood

When you don’t see what is eating your plants, it can be difficult to tell which pest you’re dealing with. Look for these common signs of deer activity to confirm if they are in fact showing up in your yard.

3 Common Deer Activity Signs

Hoofprints with 2 tear-drop shapes

The prints of deer hooves are particularly distinct. They are made up of two tear-drop-shaped forms placed side by side, each with a little dot below it. 

The dot is an impression of little claws or nails beneath each hoof. Hoofprints can range in size from 2 to 6 inches, with the greater ones found primarily on giant bucks.

Hoofprints are simple to spot in snow, dirt, sand, and soft soil, but finding them on a good lawn might be difficult. If you see prints, try counting how many sets you observe to figure out how big your local herd is.

Grass or leaf depressions that have worn away

Deer beddings are oval-shaped spaces where deer rest. Many deer return to the same location on a regular basis, causing a worn-away depression in the surrounding region. Large volumes of droppings or tree rubbings may indicate that you are near a deer bedding area.

Tree or shrub bark that has been rubbed away

Deer frequently brush their antlers against trees and shrubs to remove velvet and mark territory. These telltale rubs are a dead giveaway that you have deer in your vicinity.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Deer

Deer are one of the most commonly encountered animals in North America. They can be found in a variety of locations, including rural and urban places, and it appears that no matter what we do, they continue to reproduce at frightening rates. 

Despite the fact that deer are mostly harmless, they are regarded as a pest, particularly by those who live in wooded areas where they are most common.

They are well-known for consuming landscaping or garden plants, leaving droppings all over the place, and scaring your pets. If you have a problem with deer, try some of these methods to get rid of them.

Build A Fence

The most effective approach to keep deer out of your yard is to install a fence. If you like, you can erect the fence around your entire yard or only around your garden and bushes. However, make sure that the fence is at least 5 feet above the ground because they have extremely powerful legs and can jump over short fences. It doesn’t matter what kind of fence you have as long as it’s solid and high off the ground.

Use A Natural Repellent

You can use a variety of natural and manmade repellents to keep deer out of your yard or from eating the plants in your yard. In your garden and along the perimeter of your yard, you can grow herbs and vegetables such as yarrow, bishop’s weed, spurge, foxglove, dragon’s head, and buckthorn.

You can also use sprays such as pepper spray and garlic spray on plants that you don’t want them to consume. It is also reported that deer are repulsed by rotting eggs and blood meals. Sprays, on the other hand, are not guaranteed to work and must be used weekly or whenever it rains.

Other Ways To Repel Them

Many homeowners swear by hanging bars of soap from branches on a fishing wire to dissuade deer. Nobody understands why this works, but practitioners claim that deer will not approach your trees, which is especially useful if you have fruit trees. However, this strategy is not always demonstrated to be effective.

The rotten egg spray is far more effective. Some people have resorted to applying rotten egg white deer deterrent, which appears to keep the deer away from the plants.

Get A Dog

Deer dislike dogs, and dogs dislike deer. Keep a large dog in your yard to keep deer from entering. If your dog isn’t always outside, you can take their hair and scatter it around the perimeter of your yard or just around your garden.

Deer have extremely sensitive senses and will avoid approaching if they detect the predator scent on the hair. Unfortunately, deer are tough animals that will do whatever they want in the end. It is unlawful to kill them while it is not hunting season, so if none of these techniques work, you will have to wait until the next open season to get rid of them.

Tree Wraps And Netting

Physical barriers such as netting and tree wraps can be unsightly, but these practical covers are especially popular with vegetable gardeners who are more concerned with a plentiful crop than with a beautiful garden.

Tree wraps are quite effective when it comes to protecting young saplings or shrubs that are susceptible to pest damage. If you have the time and energy, you can try draping your plants in the evening, when deer are most likely to feed, and then removing them in the morning to enjoy your lawn and garden.

If deer routinely find netting when they come by for a feast, they may skip your lawn and go to the buffet next door.

Final Thoughts

When deer excrement appears in your yard, the simplest solution is to remove it with a shovel and tidy your lawn. You could also use it to manufacture fertilizer if you work hard enough. The choice is yours.

Most people, though, just do not go through the trouble. If you notice deer excrement in your yard, the best thing to do is get rid of it. Simply pick up the deer excrement with a shovel and dispose of it in the garbage container.

Alternatively, if there is a lot of it, you may consider hiring a landscaping company to handle the task for you.