Wild animals like raccoons, foxes and coyotes have been a nuisance when it comes to livestock and/or vegetation. Lately, a new animal have been added to this group – the deer.
The deer is a ruminant wild animal that belongs to the Cervidae family. Other types of deer includes the white-tailed and black-tailed deer, the mule deer, red deer, roe deer, chital, the elk the moose, the water deer and the likes. Except for the Chinese water deer, these animals can be identified with their bony antlers which they shed annually.
They are long-legged mammals that have two-toed hoofs. To help and protect them from predators, the dear has short hair and camouflaged coating. Generally these animals are plant-eaters that feasts on leaves, soft vegetation, twigs, grass and shoots. Most of the time, these animals are living in rainforests, tundras and grasslands.
Lately, the deer has become one of the major nuisances of gardeners as they often costs hundreds of millions dollars a year when they destroy landscapes, well-fertilized fields and plants. Because of this new threat to unsuspecting flora and vegetation, people have opted to create ways to prevent the deer from providing more damage to their property.
There are many types of deer deterrent to prevent or restrain the deer from eating vegetable gardens and the like. One way to achieve deer control is by using sight-based products and means. These deer deterrents are different devices you put in the affected area where you feel it is threatened by these wild animals.
One of the best and easy sight-based deer deterrents are flashlights. Just like foxes, the deer can be easily scared by devices like these when lights are flashed in their direction or when there are activated motion sensors that will trigger bright lights to startle them. It adds “human visibility” and presence where there is none. Another great deterrent would be your dogs. Dogs, as always, will be there to protect, bark its hear out when these deer to come near.
There is also what you call a sound or motion based deterrents that best works with a small population of deer. Among the best examples of this is the Scarecrow Sprinkler. The Scarecrow sprinkler uses a motion sensor that uses both its spraying of water and noise to deter the deer from going near the plant. Another sound-based deterrent would be the deer chaser, this is a device that uses an electronic motion sensor and the FM Radio to drive the deer away. Lastly, there’s the Ultra Protect Ultrasonic Animal Repellent, this one uses also motion sensor but this time it uses ultrasonic sound to chase the deer away.
A more technically way to deal with these animal is when you used touch-based deterrents. A good example of this is a wireless deer fence. This deer fencing method uses an individual post to lure the dear using its sweet smell and once it touches the post the deer gets the shock of his life.
If you’re heart could not bare seeing another living creature shocked or electrified then try to make sure that your place is well enclosed in an efficient deer fence. Most of the deer fences are eight feet in height. They can be made of different materials like plastic mesh or you can opt to use a commercial heavy-weight deer netting or strong wooden overlapping slatted fences that prevent these animal to see what is beyond this barricade.
Aside from having a fence that will help discouraged deer from going and destroying your well-maintained landscape there are other ways too. To doubly guard your garden, your enclosed fenced area must also have some different ways that will ensure its safety. This could be quite taxing but it is better to prevent the menace rather dealing with it when it is already there.
After keeping your garden safe, the next line of defense is by having deer resistant perennials planted in your garden such as the Acchillea or Yarrow – these are known to be “fuzzy” and scented plants that a deer often avoids. Try adding the Bugleweed or the Ajuga, Astilbe, Campanula or Bellflower, Coreoposis or Tickseed, Lavendula or Lavender, Nepeta or Catmint, Echinacea or Coneflower,
There’s also what you call deer repellents which you can use as added defense. The two main types of deer repellents are the contact deer repellents and then there are the area repellents. When you talk about contact repellents these are repellents that are placed directly to vegetation and plants. Once these repellents are applied and the deer eats them they will be repulsed by its bad taste. In this sense they become deer proof plants in their own right.
Area repellents, on the other hand, are best done in the area itself. Once you have identified the place where the deer goes, these area repellents are applied there and produce a foul smell that will discourage the deer in going there.
These repellents are best done during weather that has an above freezing temperature. Regarding how much you should apply, the first thing you must know or determine is if these plants are young trees or old ones. For young trees, you can apply the repellent wholely and freely. For old trees, just apply repellents on their new growth. For flowery shrubs and growing plants, either hang or place repellents at the bud and instantly transform them into deer resistant flowers.
Mixing physical fences with the different mechanical deterrents and deer proof plants provide you with lots of ways to ensure that your plants are well protected. The deer fences on the onset provides the first and dependable line of defense for your garden, the mechanical deer deterrents and deer resistant herbs are additional assurance that you would be able to truly deal with your deer problem more thoroughly and safer for the animal.
The deer like the fox and the coyotes are relatively non-aggressive creatures that there are laws that protect these wildlife animals however it is also wrong for us not to fix the problem with them especially when they are causing too much trouble.