Deer Control Tips

Deer Fences vs. Animal Fences

deer fenceAt Deer Busters, we’re known for our award-winning deer fences, but we also sell animal fences for dogs, cats, and rodents. There are some differences between the two types – while some keep animals out, others keep animals in. All, however, are virtually invisible, long-lasting, and require little maintenance.

Deer Fences

Deer like to jump, which is why our deer fences come in a variety of heights up to 8 feet tall, so even the largest or most agile deer can’t get over them. Our deer fences are either built from heavy-duty polypropylene plastic or steel. Both materials are highly durable to sustain the strength of deer.

Deer are often found near wooded areas or fields, and properties near these areas tend to have a lot of land. This means that in order to protect all of your land from deer, you’re going to need a long fence. At Deer Busters, we understand this, which is why our deer fences are available in lengths up to 330 feet.

Animal Fences

While deer fences are used to keep deer out, animal fences are often used by property owners to keep their animals in. 

Cat Fences

Since you can rarely train a cat to stay within property lines, having an outdoor cat can be difficult. With a cat fence, however, you won’t have to worry about your cat wandering away. Our cat fence systems come in heights of 6 feet or 7 1/2 feet and a length of 100 feet. Our cat fences are unique, however. While they’re made from the same polypropylene material as our deer fences, our cat fences feature an inward-facing overhang so that your cat can’t climb up and over the fence. We also have a conversion system that can turn your current fence into a cat fence.

Dog Fences

Since dogs can’t climb like cats can, our dog fences are built like our deer fences, but smaller. Available in polypropylene or steel and in a variety of strengths, you can choose to have your fence extend 4 feet or 5 feet high and up to 330 feet long.

Rodent Fences

Our rodent fencing is available in rolls so you can attach it to the bottom of your deer, dog, or cat fence. These fences are made from steel and have a smaller-diameter webbing that is chew-resistant and keeps even the smallest rodents out of your yard or property.

No matter what type of animal you’re trying to keep out of (or in) your yard, Deer Busters can help. If you have any questions, please feel free to call one of our experts.

Why Are Deer Sterilized?

deer sterilizationHave you ever heard of a city or county sterilizing the deer in their area? If so, have you ever wondered why? Like hunting, sterilization serves as a form of population control; the most common areas to use it are areas with large human populations and not much hunting land.

The most recent city to initiate deer sterilization is Fairfax City, Virginia. With so many homes in the area, hunting isn’t the best option for deer control, so the city has turned to sterilization. According to an article from The Washington Post, deer populations are reducing by 10% every year (without hunting) in towns that use sterilization. In many of these towns, taxpayers pay for the procedures, but in this case, a group of private donors have funded a two-year grant to Fairfax City.

 

Females vs. Males

When a community decides to use sterilization for this control, it’s usually the female deer (or does) that are sterilized. Choosing females is more effective because they are the ones that give birth. If a male is sterilized, it keeps him from impregnating a female – but that female could always be impregnated by another (normal) male. If she is sterilized, however, it doesn’t matter which male she’s with – she won’t become pregnant.

How the Process Works

The process used to sterilize deer is pretty simple and begins with tranquilizers: A doe is shot with a tranquilizer dart that has a tracking devices attached to it. Once the deer is down, she is taken to either police headquarters or a local animal hospital where a short procedure is performed to remove her ovaries. The recovery time is short as well as the pain following the procedure, however, the process can be expensive (around $1,000 per deer).

Sterilization is often seen as more effective than culling; it can be done after culling has taken place and the sterilized deer can “contribute to resource limitation and density-dependence in reproduction” (according to an article by J.L Boone and R. G. Wiegart).

What are your thoughts on deer sterilization?

Should Cold States Have Deer Feeding Programs?

deer feedingThis year’s winter has been particularly cold for most of the country, but for the animals living in the North, this year’s winter has been full of extreme conditions. Throughout the season, snow and ice have made it difficult for deer to find food, and right now, one state is arguing as whether the deer should be fed artificially in order to be able to survive the winter.

In Minnesota, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) is trying to create a deer feeding program through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR, however, believes that feeding deer artificially could cause the spread of chronic wasting disease. (Chronic wasting disease is a nervous system illness that affects deer and elk. It results in brain lesions and eventual death.)

According to an article by the StarTribune, the DNR has invested more than $10 million to battle diseases like chronic wasting disease and TB in Minnesota animals. Because this disease can be transmitted from animal to animal, the DNR believe that it will cause the disease to spread.

“Feeding deer, because it concentrates animals and brings them into close contact with one another, runs the risk of causing the same problems again,” says DNR wildlife health program supervisor Michelle Carstensen.

The MDHA has an available fund of around $800,000 to put toward the feeding program to keep the deer alive. The money comes from a portion of deer hunting license sales (50 cents for every license) and was put into a fund for “potential deer feeding programs.” The association believes that the population of whitetail deer is already too small and that neglecting to feed it would make it even smaller.

DNR wildlife section chief Paul Telander argues, ““Deer have evolved to survive our winters. As a population, they don’t need to be fed.’’

So, our deer fencing company wants to know: What do you think Minnesota should do? Should they feed the deer and hope to keep the population up, or is it too risky?

5 More DIY Deer Repellent Recipes

DIY repellentA few months ago, our deer fence company wrote a blog titled “5 DIY Deer Repellent Recipes” and discovered that several gardeners and landscapers loved the combinations we shared. So we’re back with 5 more DIY deer repellent recipes that you can use throughout your yard:

Recipe #1:

1 egg

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon milk or yogurt

Add ingredients to an empty gallon container and fill with water. Shake to mix all ingredients, then pour lightly on your plants in the morning to let the mixture absorb.

 

Recipe #2:

5 eggs

1 cup buttermilk or yogurt

2 Tablespoons hot sauce

1 Teaspoon dish soap

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

15 drops cinnamon oil

2 Teaspoons garlic, crushed

1 quart water

Blend all ingredients together, then add as much water as needed in order to flow through your sprayer. Spray on your plants.

 

Recipe #3:

1 yard of cotton/sheeting

1/4 cup bloodmeal

1 cup hair clippings

Mix the bloodmeal and hair together. Then, cut your fabric into 4-inch squares and place 1 Tablespoon of the mixture in the center of the square. Tie the tops with string to create sachels and hang from your tress or shrubs.

 

Recipe #4:

1 egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon dish soap

1 Tablespoon hot sauce

1 Tablespoon rosemary oil

Blend all ingredients together and add to 1 gallon of water. Spray on your plants every 10 days.

 

Recipe #5:

4 eggs

2 ounces ammonia

2 Tablespoons hot sauce

Whisk all ingredients together and add to 2 quarts of water and shake well. Spray on your plants.

6 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

deer fenceAs a deer fence company, we know how frustrating it is trying to keep deer out of your yard – especially when they eat all of the plants you worked hard to grow. While we recommend one of our award-winning deer fences, there are also other ways that you can deter the animals from roaming around on your property. We’ve listed six:

Limit Deer-Friendly Foods

Deer love to eat plants like clover, tulips, hostas, lettuce, sunflowers, and fruit trees, so limit the amount that you plant in your yard or garden. If you do plant these, try to do so close to your home so you can keep an eye on them more easily.

Plant Thorny Foliage

When you plant your trees and shrubs, include foliage that have thorns, spines, or prickles to discourage deer from feeding on them. Use thorn bushes, holly, stinging nettle, thorny roses, and other prickly types of plants, and you’ll see fewer deer in your yard.

Use Deer Repellents

Deer repellents come in a variety of substances such as liquid (mixable or pre-mixed), powder, and clips that can attach right to your plants. These repellents are safe to use and emit an odor that deer can’t stand (usually a mixture of garlic, eggs, pepper, and hot sauce). The odor, however, is non-offensive to humans.

Raise Your Beds

To make it harder for deer to get to your flowers and herbs, plant them in a raised garden bed that is higher than ground level. The higher the bed, the less inclined a deer will be to feed on the plants in it.

Add Scaring Devices

Adding scaring devices such as whistles or ultrasonic sound waves can help scare deer away from your yard. The whistles and sounds are above the frequency of human hearing, so you won’t be bothered by it. Plus, many devices are motion-activated, so as soon as a deer is near one, it will trigger the sound.

Install a Deer Fence

A deer fence, whether it’s made of polypropylene or metal, is the ultimate solution to keeping deer out of your yard. These fences are easy to install and are built to last. They’re tall enough to prevent deer from jumping over them and require little to no maintenance after installation.

A Deer’s Favorite Plants

plum treeHave you been wondering why deer are eating all of the plants in your yard? During the winter season, a deer’s food source becomes limited and they look for food wherever it can be found, but besides that, your yard may have plants that deer are fond of. Below is a list of plants that deer love to eat, which may help you determine why deer love your garden or landscaping so much.

Fruit Trees

Deer love fruit and will munch on nearly any type of fruit tree – apple, plum, peach, cherry, apricot, fig, etc.

Sunflowers

These large, bright yellow flowers are an inviting sight (and a great food source) for deer.

Clover

Having clover in your yard will almost certainly attract deer. These animals love the purple, white, or yellow flowers that the plant produces, along with its leaves.

Peas

Deer love peas and other types of veggies, so if you have a garden that you use for food, make sure you spray your edibles with some effective deer repellent.

Lettuces

Along with clover, lettuces are the easiest things for deer to munch on. They’ll eat everything from romaine to escarole to red leaf lettuce.

Dogwood Trees

Deer are particularly fond of dogwood trees, especially when they’re young and flowering.

Tulips

No matter whether your tulip flower are red, pink, yellow, purple, or white, deer tend to favor these plants.

Hostas

The large, hearty leaves of hostas are known for attracting hungry deer.

Strawberry Bushes

Deer love any kind of berry bush, but the fragrant strawberry bush is particularly appealing to them.

To prevent deer from destroying your garden or landscaping, try one of our quality deer fences. Made from sturdy materials, these fences are built to last, are virtually invisible, and will protect your property from deer and other small animals.

5 DIY Deer Repellent Recipes

DIY repellent

 

Deer are beautiful and graceful creatures, but if they get into your garden, they could destroy all of your hard work. That’s why our deer fence company carries an array of deer repellents.

We know gardeners like to do things themselves, however, so we’ve come up with a few DIY deer repellent recipes. Most of these recipes feature eggs, garlic, and/or pepper, since deer have been known to not like those smells.

 

 

Recipe #1:

3 Tablespoons hot sauce

3 raw eggs

3 Tablespoons of minced garlic

Blend all ingredients together in a blender and add a little bit of water to lessen the thickness. Then, add the mixture to 1 gallon of water and spray on your plants.

 

Recipe #2:

4 Tablespoons of ground cayenne pepper

1 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

1 cup clear ammonia

3 heads of garlic, peeled

1 cup oil soap

Mix together the cayenne pepper and white vinegar; bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, then strain the mixture through a coffee filter. Blend together garlic and water, then strain the mixture through a second coffee filter. Combine both strained mixtures, ammonia, and oil soap, and add the liquid to 2 1/2 gallons of water. Spray on your plants.

 

Recipe #3:

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 Tablespoon of dish soap

1 Tablespoon of cooking oil

Blend all ingredients together, then add to 1 gallon of water and spray on your plants.

 

Recipe #4:

1 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon liquid dish soap

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 teaspoon cooking oil

20 drops clove oil

Add all ingredients to 1 gallon of water and shake well. Spray on your plants.

 

Recipe #5:

1 egg yolk

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 liter of water

Blend all ingredients together and spray on your plants.

 

Do you have a DIY deer repellent recipe? If so, share it with us!

Winter Deer Habits

Winter is in full force, bringing with it cold weather, snowfall, warm fires, and grazing deer. For many, there is a fascination with seeing deer in a snow-covered field or even your yard, but unfortunately for a gardener it can be a dreaded sight.

Deer Habits

Since a deer’s food source is much scarcer in the winter, deer become less discerning. The woodland crops, such as beechnuts, acorns, and sumac peas (which are in abundance in the fall), become in short supply, hidden beneath snowfall and matted leaves. The loss of adequate wintering habitat due to development and deforestation is a serious threat to the deer population. As a result, the deer turn to your ornamental shrubs, evergreens and grain fields for their food source.

Deer are creatures of habit. Their habits are controlled by their needs: food, shelter, and procreation. If left alone, a deer will follow the same routine every day, shifting their pattern only because of weather conditions or the availability of food. They do not migrate and does are known to stay within the same 4-mile radius for their entire lives. This means the deer you saw last year will most likely be back this year and the year after. Over time, a feeding site will attract more deer, causing many problems to a homeowner’s plantings.

Prevention

Deer' food shortages are most likely to occur in the winter months

Deer’ food shortages are most likely to occur in the winter months.

The list of plants that deer will not eat is extremely short. It is better to come to terms with the fact that when a deer is hungry it will eat anything, including bark off trees. The only sure fire-method of protecting your yard or garden during the winter months from foraging is deer fencing.

If you have a serious deer problem, you will save yourself a lot of anguish by making the investment in a proper deer fence around your yard or garden. Deer can leap very high and at a distance of up to thirty feet, but have poor depth perception that limits their ability to determine where a deer fence ends and the sky begins. An effective fence needs to be at least 7.5 feet tall to make the deer hesitant to jump the fence. Deer may also try to go under or through a deer fence, so be sure the deer fence is securely staked and goes all the way to the ground. Polypropylene deer fencing is virtually invisible from a distance and is more cost effective than conventional metal deer fencing, making it a great option.

With preventative measures, you have a good chance of protecting your treasured shrubs, trees and gardens this winter from foraging deer.