Pest Control for Nuisance Deer
Deer can be quite a problem in areas where the animal's natural habitat and food sources are being eliminated by man or natural disasters. These animals are harder than other wildlife to repel from unwanted areas due to their size and food requirements. In many cases the deer seen in gardens are starving and can be quite persistent in foraging on ornamental plants, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Visual scare devices and predator smell repellents can work for small plots but, due to their size and appetite, other means of discouraging deer are often needed. Proper fencing will help to discourage most wildlife but deer have been known to easily clear most fencing when they are desperate for food or as they are being chased.
All products discussed in this article are humane and will not cause harm to deer, birds, pets or wildlife.
There are various products available to aid in deer control. Deer
Blocker and Scoot Deer are taste deterrents labeled for use on plants.
These products contain all-natural materials that discourage deer from feeding
on your plants without causing harm to the animal. These taste deterrents
work well for small animals but should be combined with Coyote
Urine Powder (placed in Scent-ry stations) for
large animals. Use one Scentry station about every 20 linear feet for best
coverage. Combining taste deterrents with predator smells can work for
small gardens but do not be surprised if the deer (after a short time period)
return to the foraging area and continue to be a pest or nuisance. The
addition of Electronic Scarecrows placed
strategically around the garden will help.