Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Bobbex better?

Bobbex uses 6 ingredients that actively deter deer from browsing and causing other damage to ornamental plants, shrubs and trees. Although only 3 ingredients are considered active by the EPA, the inert ingredients such as Meat Meal, Fish Meal, and Fish Oil also have an impact on lowering deer predation.

The combination and multiple redundancy of repelling ingredients make Bobbex a superior product over competitors.

Bobbex Deer Repellent has been independently tested (* See Effectiveness of Bobbex vs Other Repellents page) against ten (10) known competitors, including Hinder, Liquid Fence, Chew-Not, Big Game, Deer Off, Plantskydd, Coyote urine and Repellex. Bobbex Deer Repellent was found to be 93% effective, second only to a physical barrier.

Bobbex contains an extremely effective sticking agent that will last through several heavy rains. The fish oil used in the product allows the product, when dry on plants, to be water insoluble. Bobbex will not dissolve into a liquid once dry.

Are Bobbex products safe?

Bobbex products are completely safe. Bobbex, Inc. developed all its products with the following requirements:

  • Environmentally safe
  • Harmless to wildlife including aquatic species
  • Harmless to humans and pets
  • Contain no petrochemical or synthetic components
  • Made from all natural and recycled ingredients
*All Bobbex products are exempt from registration with the federal Environmental Protection Agency under FIFRA Section 25(b) regulations.

How does Bobbex work?

Bobbex works by smell and taste aversion, can be applied in almost any climate or temperature and will not wash off after heavy rain. Bobbex dries clear and although there is a slight odor, it will dissipate within 24 hours of application (to humans but not to deer). Bobbex will not burn plant material.

When should Bobbex be applied?

Bobbex can be and should be used all year.

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 2 inches 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 85 degrees F, 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 applications of Bobbex are 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 more preferred plant material by deer).

In the winter, applicators should wait until temperatures rise above 35 degrees F. 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.

What should Bobbex be used on?

Bobbex can be used on all types of ornamentals, trees and shrubs. Bobbex should not be used on food plants when fruits, vegetables or herbs are already developed. Applicators can spray up to the flowering stage of the plant.

How should Bobbex be applied?

Bobbex is used as a topical spray on plant material. Spray Bobbex lightly on plant material, wetting both sides of plant foliage, including buds and flowers until the first drop falls off leaf. Plant surfaces should be dry and applicators should allow 5 to 6 hours of dry time in humid climates and 2 to 3 hours in arid climates before forecasted rain or irrigation. Proper drying time will allow the product to set properly on plant surfaces and become water insoluble. Bobbex is actually good for plants so applicators cannot overspray the product. Watch the video below for more information on using and applying Bobbex Products.

Why is there a deer problem now?

There are many reasons for increased deer browsing on commercial and home plantings in recent years, among them are:

  • Decreased hunting
  • Gun control
  • Some land owners encouraging deer presence
  • Suburban development
  • Abandoned farming operations
  • Deer nutritional requirements
  • Planting of deer "delicacies

Can a Bobbex product protect bulbs?

bobbex bulb dip

Bobbex-R makes a great bulb dip program to prevent burrowing herbivores from smelling an discovering your wintered bulbs. Using Bobbex-R as a bulb protector will give your bulbs a chance to survive when first planted and throughout the Winter, protecting them from burrowing herbivores and deer. Voles use their keen sense of smell to find roots and bulbs underground. Bobbex-R creates anaromatic barrier around the bulb and prevents these animals from discovering the bulb.

Instructions for the Bobbex-R Bulb Dip Program

  1. Remove all loose and dried plant tissue around the bulbs.
  2. Dip bulbs in straight concentrated Bobbex-R (right out of the bottle). Allow bulbs to soak for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove bulbs from concentrate and allow them to air dry.

Do Bobbex products wash off?

No, all Bobbex products are formulated to adhere to plant surfaces. This adherence prevents wash off due to rain, irrigation and normal watering. Over time plant foliage will absorb some nutrients, the balance will be absorbed into the root system by the plant.

How do I know what kind of pest is in my yard?

It can be hard to identify what sort of animal is causing damage in your garden. Here are some highlights and links to pages to give you more information and ways to treat your flowers, bushes, lawn and trees to prevent further damage.

  • How to identify damage from a rabbit:

Rabbit damage can be identified by a clean, angled cut on the end of leaves. You may also want to look for tracks left behind by the culprit ravaging your gardens. Wild rabbits have five toes on their front feet and four toes on their back. On trees and shrubs, rabbits may remove the bark completely around the trunks and stems, effectively girdling them several feet above the ground.

  • How to identify damage from a squirrel:

Damage may occur in your lawn and gardens due to pilfering squirrels uprooting your plants and flowers. Look for chew marks on your deck and home structure as well.

  • How to identify damage from a chipmunk:

Damage may occur in your lawn and gardens due to pilfering chipmunks uprooting your plants and flowers. Look closely when identifying chipmunk damage - it can often be mistaken for squirrels or voles. When a burrow is found, spray Bobbex-R Animal Repellent around and into the hole to deter the chipmunk from using the burrow.

Since you won't often catch them in the act of devouring your garden, it may be difficult to identify a groundhog as the culprit. You may want to look for tracks left behind by the culprit ravaging your gardens. Curved claws on their front paws make for easy burrowing. Groundhogs have four toes on the front foot and five on the back. 

  • How to identify damage from a vole:

Voles may also cause extensive damage to orchards, ornamentals, and tree plantings due to their girdling of seedlings and mature trees. You will see this right at the soil line. Girdling damage usually occurs in fall and winter. Look closely for girdling and gnaw marks. 

Can Bobbex products save me money?

Bobbex products are designed to stop damage caused by wildlife eating or fouling residential and commercial plantings. These plantings tend to be expensive and costly to maintain and cultivate. Shrubs and trees require years of growth to perfectly fit a landscape setting. The cost of replacing shrubs and bushes greatly exceeds the cost of our product. The systematic use of Bobbex products will ensure the lasting enjoyment of property and landscape.

Can I get my local retailer to carry Bobbex products?

Just call us with the name and phone number of the retailer and we will contact them. Your input is also valuable, so don't hesitate to ask the retailer to carry our products.

Have another question?

Call us at our toll free number: 800-792-4449.