ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.
Our proprietary sprays and other applications, keep deer from feeding on your shrubs, trees, flowers, and ground cover… and keep your property free from mosquitoes and ticks.
Mosquito and tick control is mostly a spring through fall exercise, whereas staying after deer keeps ohDEER busy throughout the year.
Kurt Upham, founder and president of ohDEER, is a deer expert. He knows all about their physiology, biology, temperament, intellect, and behavior.
Appropriately, we like to talk about deer in this space.
Back in August, we published a post here about the changes in body that whitetail deer – the type of deer living in southern New England, the area in which ohDEER does business- undergo in late summer.
One of the changes that takes place in bucks during that time of the year is that their antlers … those protuberances on their head … transform from a cartilaginous state and become calcified – and as this happens the velvety and vascular membrane that sheathed, and delivered blood and nutrients to, the antlers, is shed and cast off.
Actually all members of the Cervidae family – which includes the species of deer, caribou, elk, and moose – have antlers which undergo the same process of hardening, and are covered in the velvet membrane which is shed.
In early winter, due to a change in hormones, antlers fall of the bucks.
Sometimes, and in some instances, the antlers are removed manually.
You see, not so much in the U.S., but in other parts of the world, antlers are harvested, when still cartilaginous (and still covered in velvet) from local deer and elk populations, and the antlers are processed into antler velvet dietary and food supplements for humans.
New Zealand has a large farming and ranch industry dedicated to antler velvet, and the nation is the world’s top producer and exporter of the substance.
Veterinarians conduct the harvesting, giving the animals a local anesthesia, and cutting the antlers off near their base.
Antler velvet is a staple in Asian medicines, and antler velvet supplements are in big demand in Asia and the U.S., touted by manufacturers and suppliers as a property that speeds up body repair and healing, boosts muscle growth, and improves athletic performance.
Does antler velvet work?
You see, antler velvet is essentially a growth hormone – and there is scientific evidence that, for humans, ingesting a form of antler velvet orally, or through a nasal spray, can do what those pushing the supplement say it can do.
It is important to note, though, that antler velvet supplements are unregulated – and there is a lot that is not known about the supplement in terms of its effectiveness, its side effects, and any complications that may arise from short or long term use.
The NFL actually bans it players from using antler velvet supplements. This ban was in place when, early in 2013, just prior to Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, a Sports Illustrated story came out in which it was reported that earlier that season Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis looked into using an antler velvet nasal spray to help heal a torn tricep. Lewis denied the report.
For more reading on antler velvet, and Ray Lewis and the supplement, please click here to be taken to a story at National Geographic, titled, Deer Antler Velvet – What Is It, How Does It Work?: Experts explain the substance behind the Ray Lewis controversy,” published on February 1, 2013, and written by Christine Dell’Amore.
Deer and their antler velvet. Yet another aspect of these elegant and beautiful animals we find intriguing.
And we manage to maintain an affection for the animal even as we prevent them from dining on the plants on your property.