Deer Problems

[Items posted on behalf of residents do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the OFS Executive Board.]

Dear Neighbors,

   I guess we are all concerned about the exploding deer population in our area and the fact that they eat many of our ornamental shrubs and flowers. There is also concern over Lyme disease carried by deer ticks. To set the record straight the tick which carries Lyme is called a deer tick but the deer tick is carried by many other mammals like mice, rabbits, etc. So eliminating the deer from your property does not diminish the threat of Lyme disease.     I have had Lyme disease at least twice and both times before the recent deer population explosion. I carry a pacemaker for the rest of my life as a result. As for the eating of flowers before you hire an archer to kill the deer or put up an expensive eight foot deer fence around your property like my neighbor know that Home Depot carries a product called Deer Off which when sprayed on plants is excellent for ninety days. When I first noticed nibbling on my Hostas this spring I bought the product and sprayed all the flowers. The deer have not touched any of the flowers since and we love to see them eating the apples that have fallen off our apple tree as we have no need for them.  They visit almost every day. By the way the product is non toxic and based on a formula which uses an egg emmulsion. You can also find the recipe on line if you wish to try making it yourself. I sprayed a huge Hosta bed at the TV Historical Society which was devastated last year with the same great results. They haven’t touched the Hostas there since I sprayed. After all they were here before us and why should we deprive our children from seeing these magnificent animals. Also drive slowly in the area and avoid hitting them. A little knowledge of the subject matter goes a long way. Respectfully to those who do not love animals as much as we do. 

The Yantz family. 

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7 thoughts on “Deer Problems

  1. THANK YOU, Patty.
    I hope this will calm some of our neighbors.
    I don’t have priceless plantings and don’t get upset about loosing
    hostas to the deer. They are lovely to see early in the morning
    and sometimes early evening.

  2. Dear Neighbor,

    I have used, deer spike repellent, it also work. The deer spikes were actually better because they are water repellent. It’s a round container with a wire stick you place in it. It saved my Hostas and other plants, the deer never came again after I put them in the ground. Purchased them at Ace Hardware.

  3. Dear Yantz Family,

    Thank you for once again defending the deer population and explaining how we can protect ourselves against their nibbling away at our shrubs and foliage. When I got up this morning, the first thing I saw was a doe in my front yard, such a beautiful creature to greet me. True,,she was nibbling at my dead astilbe leaves, but not really doing any harm.

    I’ve heard many success stories about the Deer Off, and some people have even recommended leaving your vegetable peelings, outer leaves, etc. at the outer edge of your property to feed them but keep them from coming further onto your property.

    Hiring an archer is the easy way out. Put your money and energy, instead, into initiating and supporting legislation and programs that will sterilize them and control their population explosion.

    Or do you want to teach your children and grandchildren that the way to get rid of things that bother us is to kill them?

    Bobbie and Nino Beltrami

  4. have used the product and it really does work!!! I also love seeing them but really worry about the not having enough food and being hit by cars ..

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