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Lots and Lots of Deer in the Forecast. ohDEER … Naturally … Keeps Deer Under Control

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

When we launched in 2007, we did so understanding, and responding to, the growing interest in and desire for the availability of effective solutions – that do not contain toxins and harsh chemicals – that keep residential and business properties, and areas within public parks, free from those deer and mosquitoes and ticks.

Now, sure, deer are beautiful and elegant, but they also munch on and make a meal of decorative plant life such as shrubs, flowers, and tree leaves and branches.  Both mosquitoes and ticks can transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock – and a primary carrier and transporter of ticks are deer, which ticks latch on to and from which they consume food in the form of blood.

During the winter, when the temps are below freezing, ticks survive through either being deeply embedded in the skin and surrounded by the hair of a host (a deer for example), or burrowing under leaf litter or in the ground, or in other protected environments, and going into something of a slowdown phase called diapause.  But it is important to aware that, even during winter, when the temps get above freezing, ticks can me mobile.  Mosquitoes go into diapause for the cold stretch of the year – and, like ticks, will emerge if the temps go above freezing, yet the weather has to be milder for a longer period than are those conditions that cause ticks to stir.

Mosquito and tick control keep ohDEER busy for most of the year – whereas deer control ensures that for 12 months we do not know a slowdown.

This is even more the case now because deer populations in the geographic areas that ohDEER services: Massachusetts, including the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; the Eastern Long Island section of New York State; and central New Jersey are growing and healthy and tightly dense.

Just about all the deer in the ohDEER region are white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).  

A little history is important here.  Back on the cusp of the 20th century, there were next to no deer living on land which is now ohDEER coverage area.  The reason for the deer absence was mostly due to a combination of aggressive and unregulated hunting, and that the region was undergoing rapid development, which destroyed deer habitat, and which inspired deer to take up residence in untouched forested areas, including the upper reaches of New England.

Well, as we all know, deer have long been back. Their populations are booming in the U.S. Northeast.  History has kind of repeated itself, in that forests to which deer had departed centuries past were and are undergoing development and clearing.  And with hunting strictly regulated, and large swaths of conservation land available, in the Northeast, deer found that living in the suburbs was doable … and eventually deer determined that the living conditions were actually quite nice, with one of the perks being ready access to delicious plants rooted in the yards of homes and places of business.

And the fact is that too many deer, beyond carrying ticks and bespoiling planned landscapes, also do a lot of damage in eating and trampling young plant life in woods that are important to a healthy ecosystem, with one benefit of this ecosystem is that it provides a habitat for many animals.

Deer are motor traffic problems.  If you drive a motor vehicle, you probably have hit a deer.  You almost certainly know someone who has.

There are so many deer in the northeast U.S. that they often present themselves as nuisances.

Six to 12 deer per square mile is a density that works best for humans, deer, and the broader environment,

Thirteen to twenty deer per square mile is in the sustainable zone.

There are about 100,000 deer in Massachusetts.  Deer population density in Massachusetts runs from in the neighborhood of 12 to 18 deer per square mile in central and western Massachusetts to 50 per square mile on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

In the early part of this decade, in the 6000-acre Blue Hills Reservation – a Massachusetts state conservation area which straddles the communities of Milton, Canton, Braintree, Randolph, Quincy, and Dedham – there was a deer density of 85 per square mile.  In 2015, as a primary component of a program the goal of which was to reduce the deer population to 20 per square mile in the reservation, the state instituted a hunt in the Blue Hills.  The hunt has been held for four consecutive years and the deer population in the reservation is at about 50 per square mile.

Of course, deer density in New Jersey is at a level way above the problem in Massachusetts.

We are talking about, in some areas of the state, 120 to 140 deer per square mile.  Lyme disease rates are high in New Jersey, and farmers in the state are losing considerable amounts of money in the form of destroyed and eaten crops.  AAA has reported over the past few years that, on average, there have been more than 30,000 collisions annually involving motor vehicles and deer (and it is suspected that many collisions go unreported).

Deer are here in the U.S. Northeast, and not going anywhere.  Indeed, it seems that for the near future, at least, they are going to thrive in this region in numbers and concentrations that will render at least as many problems as they do instances of inspiring awe.

ohDEER doesn’t tackle reducing or maintaining deer populations.

What we do – and we do it well – is to enlist and apply all-natural solutions that keep the problems and nuisances that deer create off your property and away from your family.