How Bobbex Deer and Rabbit Repellent Works
The key to Bobbex’s success is the use of proteins and the redundancy of protein repellent ingredients. Most repellents use one to three repellent ingredients, Bobbex uses six. Dried eggs are only one source of taste/odor repelling ingredients in Bobbex. In addition to the eggs, Bobbex uses other proteins: fish meal, fish oil, meat meal, and two non-protein repellent ingredients added for odor control; garlic and castor oil.
Bobbex is classified as a fear repellent. Deer, being herbivores are naturally repulsed and frightened by protein smells. It is odd to them and scares them, one reason why the products are so effective.
When to use Bobbex
In periods of rapid growth, all topical and granular repellents need to be reapplied. Bobbex promotes dual application instructions (see below), essential for continued protection. The only time longevity really matters is in dormant times (winter). All other times of the year, plants continue to grow and will out-grow the last application. Product will need to be re-applied prior to the deterioration of the initial application.
Bobbex can be and should be used all year. Before spraying, make sure the plants are dry. Bobbex will not stick well to wet surfaces. Also Bobbex will require approximately 6 hours of drying time to adequately adhere to plant surfaces.
Spring – Begin by spraying in the spring when the plants are approximately ½ inch out of the ground. The use of Bobbex should be accelerated in spring due to the rapid growth of plant material. Bobbex should be sprayed every 10 to 14 days or every 5 cm of new plant growth, since new growth is unprotected.
Summer – Bobbex should be sprayed in the early morning hours rather than the extreme heat of the day. If sprayed when temperatures are above 30° C, plants may encounter phyotoxicity. This is not due to the ingredients in the product, but rather the magnification of the sun through the water spread on plant’s surfaces.
Fall/Winter – Bobbex should be used in fall months even though plants are no longer at their peak. If application of Bobbex is interrupted, deer may lose their conditioning to avoid previously treated plants. Regular spraying of Bobbex trains deer to seek nourishment elsewhere.
Bobbex is necessary in the fall and winter months for damage prevention to shrubs that keep their leaves throughout the year. These shrubs include rhododendrons, arborvitae, holly, and yews. (The last three plants are some of the most preferred plant material by deer).
In the winter, applicators should wait until temperatures rise above 2° C. This will prevent the mechanical action of water freezing on leaves and drawing out the moisture from the leaf. This may cause browning along leaf edges. These cautionary recommendations apply to all water-based horticultural products.
Will Bobbex products freeze? Yes, Bobbex products will freeze, however upon thawing they can still be used. The only detriment to freezing is that the bottoms of the containers will round out, preventing the bottle from standing upright, which may cause spillage.
Bobbex can be used on all types of ornamentals, trees and shrubs. Remember, new growth is unprotected growth. A repellent is effective only as long as it covers the new growth.
Bobbex is actually good for plants so applicators cannot overspray the product.