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Effects of antler rubbing on tree.

Effects of antler rubbing on tree.

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

We launched almost 10 years ago, in 2007.

ohDEER is based in Wayland, MA, and out of this corporate office, we service Metropolitan Boston and Boston proper.

Our franchise business, only recently launched, is growing rapidly.  There are now seven ohDEER franchises – with one each focused on servicing the following regions:  Boston Metropolitan North; Cape Cod; Martha’s Vineyard; Nantucket; Southeastern Massachusetts; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

As has been often noted in this space, while ohDEER is fully focused and committed to keeping deer off your property – and we are consistently researching and developing better ways to accomplish this task – we do have an affection for the beautiful animal.

But they can be beautiful in places other than your property.

For, the fact is, deer present problems.  They carry ticks, which in turn carry disease.  They are world class devourers of vegetable plants and trees and shrubs – and other vegetation.

As well, male deer – bucks – do a number on trees when, to mark territory, they rub their antlers against the tree bark, which results in bark being removed and the tree vascular system under the bark sustaining wounds.

Now, of course, the best way to deal with tree damage is to prevent it from happening.

ohDEER delivers that protection.

But, if you do find trees on your property that have been scraped up, depending on the extent of the scraping, there are measures to take, or not to take, to keep the trees healthy.

We found a very helpful and smart article online – actually in the form of a Q&A – published on January 3, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – that offers information on how to deal with antler rubbing tree damage.

The helpful and smart answer to the question was provided by Sandy Feather, a teacher with the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Ms. Feather is a frequently consulted on, and her commentary and expertise frequently cited in, stories on gardening and lawn care that are published and broadcast by Western Pennsylvania media outlets.

Please click here to be taken to the Q&A, titled, “Buck up.  You can stop deer damage to trees.”

Here in this space we will continue to share and recommend information that is helpful and useful regarding controlling, and coexisting in harmony with, deer.