SOURCE: Bobbex


April 16, 2015 16:56 ET

Bobbex Reports: As More Deer Move to Suburbia, Homeowners Seek More Effective Deterrents

Deer: Coming Soon to a Suburb Near You

MONROE, CT--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2015) - When you think of deer, do you envision a shy doe hiding beneath forest foliage? Or perhaps you imagine a buck bounding through a field along a quiet country road. The reality of where deer like to live is much closer to home than you think. Humans aren't the only species that thrive in suburbia. Today, more and more deer live in close proximity to humans, as deer have learned to tolerate the presence of humans quite well.

White-tailed deer are the most common and widely distributed large mammal in North America, and they like residential areas where they have abundant ornamental plants to browse and where little or no hunting occurs.

With ample food sources and no natural predators, suburban areas -- your backyard -- have a lot to offer deer. Deer are extremely adaptive and living in close proximity to humans, they have learned to associate people with food. Many will learn the habits of humans in their area, and adjust their browsing times accordingly to munch on residential landscapes while people are not around, or asleep.

Deer cause millions of dollars in damage by devouring residential landscapes, (forests and timber in some areas) and through vehicle collisions. Problems aren't just linked to a high number of deer in an area. Even just one or two in an area can cause significant damage; a single deer can consume a ton and a half of vegetation per year.

If you've seen signs of deer damage around your home, you'll need to combat the problem to keep deer away from your lawn, trees, shrubs and garden. Options include:

* Physical barriers - Although sometimes unsightly, high fences can keep deer out, but with many suburbs and homeowners associations placing restrictions on fence height, you may not be allowed to build a fence high enough to be effective.

* Deer-resistant plantings - Hungry deer will eat just about any type of foliage, but there are some plants that don't appeal to them, such as Bayberry, Winterberry Holly, Juniper, Muhgo Pine and Colorado Spruce. Incorporating these plants throughout your landscape might help deter some invasive deer.

* Motion deterrents - Deer are skittish around unexpected motion, so windsocks positioned near your garden might deter deer from dining there. You may also try motion-sensing sprinklers, lights or even a radio to startle deer away. If these deterrents occasionally work, you'll need to reposition them so deer don't become acclimated to them.

*Repellents - The most effective and non-lethal deterrent to keep deer out of suburban areas is a scent-aversion repellent. Research has proven that this kind of repellent works to protect plants from damage caused by deer.

Deer rely heavily on their sense of smell for feeding, so using a scent-aversion repellent like Bobbex Deer can be an effective, long-lasting and safe way to keep deer away from your home and landscape. The product's ingredients combine the scents of rotten eggs, garlic, fish, clove oil and vinegar (among other things) to ward off deer, moose and elk from browsing on ornamental plantings, shrubs and trees. Even if a deer can get past the smell, it makes plants taste unpleasant so they likely won't take more than one bite before moving on.

Bobbex Deer is safe for use on most sensitive plants, is harmless to all wildlife, humans, pets, birds and aquatic life, and won't wash off in rain or from watering. In third party testing, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station found Bobbex Deer to be 93 percent effective, second only to a physical barrier for preventing deer damage.

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