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ohDEER is a leader in all natural deer, tick, and mosquito control.

People and businesses throughout southern New England rely on ohDEER to safely and effectively deliver protection from deer, ticks, and mosquitoes.

Now, for sure, to repel mosquitoes, man has developed a vast variety of synthetic applications that keep the bugs away. As well, many, but surely not all, of these industrial developed chemicals present few dangers or negative consequences.

Yet, vastly preferred, for the safety and happiness of people and the environment – and this philosophy is fundamental to the ohDEER business – is if you can repel and keep away insects and biting and flying and crawling things with natural solutions, than that is the way to go.

For thousands of years, humanity has enlisted nature to protect itself from mosquitoes.
Native Americas made skin applications from plants to ward off the insects.

Following is an excerpt from an article, written by John Smith, on Native American mosquito repellent:

Native Americans pounded the root of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) with bear fat and covered their bodies to drive away mosquitoes. When the leaves and stems of yarrow (Achillea millefoliu) are smeared on the body, they serve as a repellent. They also used Pennyroyal, which is a plant in the mint genus. Pennroyal contains a chemical that repels mosquitoes.

Please click here to read the full article.

Other natural based compounds proven effective in repelling mosquitoes are breadfruit, carvacrol, catnip oil, cedar oil, citronella, clove oil, lemongrass, orange oil, peppermint, rosemary, and thyme.

Indeed, prior to World War II, almost all mosquito repellent was natural based.
ohDEER believes in the natural way of keeping mosquitoes away.

Nature provides a rich and vast trove of compounds, substances, and elements for the job.
ohDEER has studied, experimented, and tested … over and over … just the right combinations of just the right forms of natural compounds and substances and elements that render powerful and proprietary mosquito repellent solutions.

And the efficiency of our solutions, and our method, are well proven – and attested to by our growing roster of happy clients.


ohDEER is a leader in, and trusted provider of, all natural deer, tick, and mosquito control.

Our sprays and applications are safe – and are not harmful in any way to people or pets – or any living creature. You can even be out and about in your yard and on your property when we apply our proprietary solutions.

On the deer control front, ohDEER expertly applies to plants, in the right combinations, solutions that render the plants undesirable to, and not tasty for, deer.

The solutions don’t hurt the deer. Maybe they bother the deer …and leave them disgruntled … but not hurt.

When deer aren’t in your yard eating, your yard isn’t getting chewed up … and the deer aren’t hanging out and shedding ticks that can transmit disease.

Now, for sure, while not too many people care much about the wellness of ticks or mosquitoes … many people do hold a soft spot in their heart for deer.

We mean … really … Bambi was a deer.

Cute, that Bambi.

Yet Bambi could also do a job on your yard.


The reason that municipalities and neighborhoods in southern New England that had hardly any deer as recently as 25 to 30 years ago, now have plenty of deer, is because of, yes, you got it, humans.

We built and developed so much of what used to be a preferred habitat for deer – deep and thick woods and remote fields – that the deer were displaced and they had to go somewhere. Guess where they went.

In many areas of eastern Massachusetts there are now more deer than there were in the same locations 150 years ago.

Curiously, this is also, in some ways, because a century and half ago, in this area of the state where woods (even if not deep and wide stretches of woods) are now located, there was farmland.

As people left farms to make a living in developing occupations … with many of these occupations not as labor intensive as farming … nature started to reclaim what man had cleared, tilled, planted, and harvested

In 2015, herds of deer traverse parcels of former farmland.

With deer populations growing fast in southern New England, policies and plans will need to be put into effect to curb the growth – if no other reason than to decrease the frequency of cars and deer colliding on our roads.

ohDEER, our staff, are all right with deer; we view them as beautiful and elegant and soul-inspiring creatures.

One who holds an affection for deer, and who is a bona fide deer expert, is ohDEER founder and president Kurt Upham.

Deer occupy a sacred place in Native American spirituality and culture.

To Native Americans – the First People of our land – there are animals and objects that are totems …with a totem conveying a spirit and lesson.

To Native Americans, the deer totem represents … and conveys the message of… gentleness and kindness.

ohDEER recognizes and sees gentleness and kindness … and beauty … in deer.

We do, however, aim to keep plants on your property off their dinner menu.

A Wall Street Journal Story Compares Good-Old Tweezers to New Tick–ulling Tools

Anybody who has ever ventured into nature during the warm months has made an acquaintance with a tick or two – or maybe a hundred, or a thousand.

Yep, that’s what happens when people stroll or amble or run… or roll or lie …or whatever … in the woods or fields. Ticks happen.

Ticks happen – upon humans – that is they attach themselves to us, because we are warm blooded creatures – and warm blooded creatures are a food source, a meal, for ticks.

Not good having a tick attached to you – if no other reason than a tick is attached to you. But the bigger issue is that ticks can transmit to humans, and pets, and livestock, disease… such as Lyme disease and other pathogens that make us sick … sometimes very sick.

ohDEER is a leader in the use of proprietary all natural solutions to control deer, ticks, and mosquitoes.
We keep ticks off your property.

But people don’t stay on their property. They go places where they can meet up with ticks.

ohDEER advises that – during the warm months – if you are to spend time in nature, you do so with your arms and legs covered.

After departing the natural habitat, people should inspect themselves for ticks. Now, remember, ticks can be very small- the size and appearance of a poppy seed (more on that later).

If you find a tick on you, and it has not bitten firmly in to your skin, and anchored itself, you can pull the tick off with your fingers. But if it has cemented its hold (and, indeed, it uses a cement-like substance to secure the hold), then you are going to need a tool to disengage it.

What is the best tool for this purpose? Well, the best tool for this purpose seems to be the old standby – fine-tipped tweezers.

That is the argument made in a story, titled, “Can Tick-Removal Tools Top Tweezers?” -with the subtitle, “Specialized gadgets may not improve existing methods” – that ran yesterday in the Wall Street Journal.
Laura Johannes is the author of the article.

Following, taken from the story, is a summation of the analysis of the specialized tools versus tweezers:
“Several of the tools have been shown in published studies to effectively remove ticks-even difficult-to-remove nymphal deer ticks, which are the size of a poppy seed. However, scientists say, there’s no evidence that any of the devices improves on the fine-tipped tweezers considered a gold standard by many scientists.”

Please click here to be taken to the full article.

In this world of rapid change… oftentimes rapid and dizzying change… ohDEER suggests that is encouraging and heartening to learn, and to receive validation, that a long-time mainstay is still the go-to and most effective method.


For those of us in the business of tick control, prevention, and elimination- and that would be us, ohDEER – this time of year carries a special significance.

And that is because most of the transmission of Lyme disease from lxodes scapularis- commonly called the blacklegged tick or deer tick – to humans takes place during the stretch from May through July.

Ticks pass on the disease- a multisystem bacterial infection – when they bite and latch on to humans. Ticks aren’t born with the disease, but acquire it from animal hosts infected with the bacteria from which ticks suck their food source- blood.

A favorite feeding host for ticks are deer. In that the deer population is exploding in Massachusetts and southern New England, so too is the population of ticks. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can cause neurological problems, fatigue, skin conditions, headaches… and other symptoms. Pets and livestock can also contract Lyme disease.

Following is information on the lifecycle of the deer tick that is provided by the University of Rhode IslandTickEncounter Resource Center:

Life-cycle of Ixodes scapularis (a.k.a. blacklegged or deer tick) in the northeast/mid-Atlantic/upper mid-western United States. Larval deer ticks are active in August and September but these ticks are pathogen-free. Ticks become infected with pathogens when larvae (or nymphs) take a blood meal from infectious animal hosts. Engorged larvae molt over winter and emerge in May as poppy-seed sized nymphal deer ticks. Please note that most cases of Lyme disease are transmitted from May through July, when nymphal-stage ticks are active. Adult-stage deer ticks become active in October and remain active throughout the winter whenever the ground is not frozen. Blood-engorged females survive the winter in the forest leaf litter and begin laying their 1,500 or more eggs around Memorial Day (late May). These eggs hatch in July, and the life-cycle starts again when larvae become active in August.

ohDEER provides an all natural and highly effective spray solution that keeps your property free of ticks. Please click here where you can learn more about our tick control (and mosquito control) system. If you have a tick problem, or want to prevent one, please give us a call for an onsite consultation.


Mosquitoes = nuisance. Ah, those bites… and the combination of that approaching low level (and rising) hybrid hum/squeal that is punctuated with a bite.

The area of the bite often swells and becomes itchy.

No fun – but not too bad.

But mosquito bites can result in more than skin irritation. For mosquitoes carry viruses – which they can transmit to humans and animals. While the incidences are very rare, these viruses can make people (and animals) sick – sometimes very sick. Mosquito viruses can also be deadly (with these incidences extremely rare).

Mosquitoes are busiest – and busiest biting – in the warm months – and at dawn, dusk, and night.

In Massachusetts, the viruses that mosquitoes carry and infect humans are
eastern equine encephalitis and west nile virus. Both viruses are part of a group of viruses called

People who carry these viruses usually manifest no symptoms. But in those rare cases, people may get feverish and feel run down; more seriously, symptoms could include encephalitis or hemorrhagic fever.

ohDEER provides a highly effective and all natural spray solution that kills mosquitoes and prevents mosquitoes from arriving. So safe is our solution that you can be out in yard when we are spraying.

ohDEER has scores of happy clients who have enlisted us for mosquito control.

To protect yourself from mosquito bites, ohDEER also advises the use of insect repellant when being outdoors at dawn, dusk, and night during spring, summer, and early fall.


Today being Memorial Day, it is particularly appropriate that we remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense and protection of our republic. We also say thank you to all those who have served our nation.

And we felt it also appropriate, in this blog, to make mention that throughout the history of our nation, brave men and women, in the service of their country, have had to contend with disease – with mosquitoes responsible for much of the infection and suffering.

Malaria is a mosquito borne illness that has been particularly problematic and injurious to our armed forces – both on the home front and on foreign lands.

Indeed, during World War II the conquest of malaria was a central mission of the U.S. military. And it was a most vital mission.

Consider, as Dr. Paul F. Russell wrote in a research report for the U.S. Army Medical Department, that,
“…from 9 July to 10 September 1943, during the fierce Sicilian campaign, there were 21,482 hospital admissions for malaria compared with 17,375 battle casualties.”

And, if can be believed, malaria was a far bigger problem for our troops in the South Pacific than it was in the European theater.

Please click here to read Dr. Russell’s full report.


Again, THANK YOU to those who gave all – and to all those who served.

Happy Memorial Day!


Since our launch back in 2007, ohDEER has been a leader in providing safe and natural solutions for deer, deer tick, and mosquito control. has been a leader in providing safe and natural solutions for deer, deer tick, and mosquito control. Yes, safe and natural – no pesticides, no chemicals.

Our corporate owned operation, based in Wayland, MA, services a sector that extends to Wenham on the north, Dedham on the south, Boston on the east, and Shrewsbury on the west. We also have three ohDEER franchises with one servicing Martha’s Vineyard, another Cape Cod, and the other southeastern Massachusetts.

We are in the midst of tick season.

Spring through the fall are the busiest of seasons for ticks – and that is because these months are when deer ticks are their busiest in consuming their blood meals… with 70 percent of those meals provided by deer.

With a booming deer population, so too are booming the numbers of deer ticks.

This is a problem because deer ticks are often infected with a bacteria that they can transmit to humans, pets, livestock, and other animals through bites and latching on to the skin and feeding. The longer the tick stays attached and feeds the higher the chance the bacteria will be transmitted.

When the bacteria enters the body of a human, or animal, it often results in the host coming down with a tick borne illness.

Lyme disease has an impact throughout the body, and can cause joint neurological problems, fatigue, skin conditions, headaches… and other symptoms.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month – and ohDEER is participating all this month in the national advocacy and public awareness campaign, and is enlisting in a signature practice of the campaign by having its employees wear lime colored jerseys and lime colored wristbands.

Of course, ohDEER takes the battle to ticks day after day.

“Our all natural tick spray has been proven to be highly effective in killing ticks, and is in great demand,” said Kurt Upham, founder and president of ohDEER. The ohDEER application is a front line tactic to help protect yourself, your family and your pets from ticks – and the battle against tick borne diseases. Additionally, Kurt is a stickler for educating yourself, spraying yourself with all-natural repellents and keeping your yard clean and well kept from leaf litter, brush and other tick friendly environments.

Kurt explained that ohDEER staff direct and concentrate the company’s tick spray solution on the favorite residence of ticks: leaf litter, low hedges and shrubs, and grass.

For more information on ticks, Lyme disease, and Lyme disease prevention, please click here to be taken to the website of the University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center.


ohDEER has its roots back in 2006, when…just like today… deer, mosquitos, and ticks presented all sorts of inconvenience and exasperation for homeowners, and the general public.

They are still here – the deer, mosquitos, and ticks – and still inconvenient and exasperating.

Well, for sure, the site of a deer, in all its wonder and beauty, can be inspiring and soul-uplifting; yet this is the case when they are not in our yards, munching on and consuming shrubbery, flowers, leaves, and planted vegetables and fruits…when they, you know, are out in nature, in the woods and fields.

Deer also carry ticks which they deposit and shrug off, and which attach themselves to humans and animals, and transmit Lyme disease.

Mosquitos are a nuisance for humans. Although they are a food source for many animals.

ohDEER is the original provider of safe and natural solutions – no pesticides, no chemicals -for deer, tick, and mosquito control. As a customer-focused company based in Massachusetts, our goal is to control nature’s annoying intruders, giving you the freedom to enjoy your outdoor spaces once again.

Since our founding, almost 10 years ago, we have grown rapidly, and now have franchises throughout southeastern Massachusetts.

Beyond our highly effective solutions, a reason that ohDeer continues to grow and more and more families benefit from and choose our company – and what if offers and delivers – is our customer service, our knowledge, and the relationships we hold with our customers, and the community at large.

Social media ever increases as an effective way to communicate.

Through this blog, we will share updates on our business and our products and solutions.

As well, here, we will share broader information on deer, tick, and mosquito control… and on deer (company founder Kurt Upham is a student and lover of deer, even as expertly keeps them off your property) … and other matters.

Here on this blog, you will have an opportunity to provide and write your thoughts in the comments section.

Spring has sprung – and so has our blog.

Thank you for visiting.

We hope you come back again – often.