Find an ohDEER in Your Neighborhood

Facts About Our “Deer Friends” or Not So Dear Friends!

Like you and me, deer need food year round. The average adult deer can consume two to five pounds of food each day. Deer generally forage for food at the edge of the forests, woodlands, and open spaces we love and have recreated in our neighborhoods and suburban residential areas. In other words, Massachusetts and the Northeast are perfect deer habitat.

Deer Facts:

  • Massachusetts is home to a growing herd of 95,000 – 110,000 white tailed deer
  • As the number of deer’s natural predators decreases, the size of this herd grows
  • Suburban deer density is 20-25 deer per square mile
  • Deer spend 75-90% of their time within a core are of a 3-5 mile radius
  • Deer eat an average of 2000 pounds of food each year
  • The primary host of the Northern or Black-legged deer tick- a pest known to transmit Lyme disease, is the white-tailed deer
  • According to the Center for Disease Control, there are as many as 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year

Deer’s Top Favorite Foods include:

  • Bulbs (mainly tulips)
  • Rhododendrons
  • Hemlock
  • Hosta
  • Yews
  • Arborvitae (all varieties)
  • Eyuwanomous
  • Holly
  • Inkberry
  • Fall Cypress/Chamaecyparis
  • Burning Bush
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Acorns
  • Mushrooms

Protect your plantings today!

We know deer. And more importantly we know how to protect your plantings from their appetite and protect your family from the ticks deer often leave behind.