This product is actually incinerated municipal sludge sold as a fertilizer, and cannot be marketed under deer repellents without extensive testing ordered by the EPA. Supposedly due to the cost involved, the manufacturer has declined to do the testing ordered in 2005. We suggest that with the amount of profit to be claimed nationwide as an affordable and easily obtainable deer deterrent, that these claims may be purely newsworthy.
In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency biopesticides division required Milorganite to complete additional environmental and health tests, which would costs between $1-2 million and would take years to complete. These tests would not guarantee approval of the request to market Milorganite as a deer repellent. Milorganite owned and operated by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District; decided it was not in the best interest of community to ask to spend millions of dollars without a guaranteed return on investment.
Note: They have declined the request from the EPA in both 2005 and 2009. Additionally, the amount of nitrogen available in this human waste ‘natural’ fertilizer has dropped an entire percent in the past 2 years due to the closing of the Red Yeast Factory in the area feeding higher levels of nutrients to the sewage treatment plant that creates Milorganite, the product.
You will find this brand of deer damage control available for sale from a number of discount merchants, hardware stores and even garden centers locally and online.
Ready To Use (RTU):
** No official application rate is stated on the bag in accordance with EPA rulings that Milorganite cannot be classified as a pesticide.
**An unofficial application rate of 4 ouces per plant is found online as a deer deterrent. It is not advisable to apply human waste to food crops.
None – - in accordance with failure to comply with EPA requested testing necessary to be listed or labeled as a pesticide. (2005, w2009)
1.) Northern Michigan… does not work for even one week against white tailed deer or rabbits. Applied by broadcast fertilizer spreader at twice the rates defined on the bag TWICE along the same path around the perimeter of the property that enclosed vegetable and flower gardens. We believe we heard the predators hooting with laughter as they crossed the supposedly ‘terrifying’ boundary. Perhaps the deer in northern Georgia just aren’t as progressed as they are 1200 miles north. (Or only a couple hundred miles east – see item #2.)
2.) South Central Carolina… does not work for one day against marauding deer on extensive and costly newly installed landscaping in the suburbs of Charlotte. Applied at double the rates found on the bag for fertilizer TWICE along the same path around the developed perimeter of a residential property. Thousands of dollars of perennial plants and flowering shrubs destroyed in less than two weeks after installation and application of Milorganite.
FROM AROUND THE WEB
“Milorganite works for about a week. I would call it more a Deterrent than a Repellent – sort of like you might stay away from a free juicy steak if the restaurant smelled, or you might not.” andy10917/BestLawnInfo.com
“Some people claim that Milorganite repels deer but this has not been established. Probably the smell keeps them away. If it really does repel deer I would have to wonder about the safety since sometimes animals know better than people what is healthy for them.” becky2259/Epinions.com
“Milorganite is not registered with the US EPA as a deer repellent and cannot be sold as one.” Milorganite page/ACOhardware.com
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