Deer Removal and Control Methods
Controlling or repelling deer can be very difficult. Physical means of stopping deer include building an 8 foot high fence. This method is effective on deer but expensive.
Visual, taste, or audio repellents for deer are the fastest way to get control of a deer problem. When using visual or audio it is best to use both in combination for long lasting results.
Bobbex deer repellent is the best we have tried and the re-treatment interval is less than others. Lasts up to 2 months in the fall and winter. For early growing season spray every 2 weeks until garden plants become well established then treat less often. This repellent will not harm plants.
Testimonial: I operate a animal control business and we use this product for deer on of our accounts. One account spends $40,000 a year on his gardens and its our job to stop the deer from destroying them. This product works for us.
Bobbex Deer Repellent
Testimonial: I operate a animal control business and we use this product on of our deer accounts. One account spends $40,000 a year on his gardens and its our job to stop the deer from destroying them. This product works for us.
Use at a 1 to 5 ratio with water. One half gallon will make about 3 gallons of spray. Allow 6 hours drying time before rain.
Damage and Damage Identification
Deer damage a wide variety of row crops, forage crops, vegetables, fruit trees, nursery stock, and ornamentals, as well as stack hay. In addition to the immediate loss of the crop being damaged, there is often residual damage in the form of future yield reduction of fruit trees or forage crops such as alfalfa. Ornamental trees or nursery stock may be permanently disfigured by deer browsing. Under high density deer may severely impact native plant communities and impair regeneration of some forest tree species. Besides vegetative damage, deer/vehicle collisions pose a serious risk to motorists, and deer have been implicated in the distribution and transmission of Lyme disease.
Damage identification is not difficult. Because both mule deer and white-tailed deer lack upper incisors, deer often leave a jagged or torn surface on twigs or stems that they browse. Rabbits and rodents, however, leave a clean-cut surface. In addition, deer tracks are very distinctive. The height of damage from the ground (up to 6 feet [1.8 m]) often rules out any mammal other than deer. Deer are often observed “in the act” of causing damage.
There are many taste repellents to help curb browsing on plants see deer repellents under repellent product listing. Many customers have also had excellent success with the Garden Protector also found in the repellent section.
General Biology, Reproduction, and Behavior
Breeding occurs from October to January depending on latitude. Peak activity is in November. Does are in heat for 24 hours every 28 days for 2 to 3 consecutive cycles. One buck may inseminate several does. No pairing takes place. Most does breed during their second fall, although on good range up to 30% of the doe fawns (6 months old) will be bred. Gestation is about 202 days. The peak of fawn drop is in May or June. Most reproducing fawns give birth to a single fawn, but adult does typically bear twin fawns. Reproductive potential is very sensitive to nutrition. Fawns weigh 7 to 8 pounds (3.2 to 3.6 kg) at birth and increase in weight for 51/2 to 61/2 years. Adult size varies with latitude. In northern states, a mature buck may weigh 200 to 300 pounds (90 to 135 kg). A key deer buck (white-tailed deer subspecies) in Florida may weigh only 50 pounds (22.5 kg). Does average 25% to 40% less than bucks for all subspecies.
Deer are most active in early morning and evening. They have a home range of several hundred acres (ha), but this varies with season, sex, and habitat quality. In northern areas, deer gather (“yard”) in dense cover for the winter. They may move long distances from summer range to winter yard. Life expectancy is dependent on hunting pressure and regulations. Records show whitetails living 20 years, although 10 to 12 years is noteworthy in the wild.