Summer Fawn 8In the state of New Jersey, deer around your home can cause severe damage to landscaping, gardens, plantings and vegetation.  Your homes’ landscaping provides a 24/7 food source to deer.  Deer will tend to focus on areas that typically have open grass and limited trees, forest edge lining. 

The White-tailed deer are mammals and can range in size from approximately 50 – 100 pounds.  Deer can reach reproductive age around 2 years.  Deer start breeding towards the end of September and fawns are born around November.

As other food sources become scarce, deer will move into more residential homeowner community landscaping areas for a food source.  Deer will feed on basically many parts of every type of plantings.  Deer will typically forage food sources from dusk to dawn times.  Deer can typically consume several pounds of landscaping per day.  Popular food sources can include: cedar, fruit trees, agricultural crops and hostas. 

Another critical point that homeowners need to be aware of that deer activity around your home may lead to an increase in ticks.  Deer serve as a primary host for several species of ticks.  Specifically, the deer tick.  The deer tick is associated with the Lyme disease. 

Treatment Options:

Plantings

  • You can replant landscaping that has thorny plants and plantings that have leathery leaves
  • Repellants will discourage deer from feeding on landscaping and plantings. 
  • Repellants provide a combination of either noxious odors or fowl taste.  Both types of repellants can be effective in a granular or spray treatment. 
  • Repellants are most effective for slight to moderate deer pressure. 
  • Key point for homeowners is that as soon as you begin to see deer damaging your landscaping, a repellant can be used to repel them before they become conditioned on feeding on your landscaping.  Repellants act as a great first step in deterring deer away from your home and landscaping. 
  • Deer fencing is a physical exclusion treatment option.  Deer fencing can be installed around gardens and property lines to exclude deer from gaining access to your landscaping.  Note that depending upon how severe your problem is with deer, you may need to install two fences one around the landscaping and a second fence outside of the first as a second layer of protection. 
  • Visual deterrents such as reflective tape and streamers
  • Predator decoys visual deterrents
  • Note that with these types of deterrents, if you are experiencing heavy deer pressure and activity, the deer may become accustomed to these deterrent devices and methods and may become ineffective in a short period of time. 

Repellants

  • Repellants will discourage deer from feeding on landscaping and plantings. 
  • Repellants provide a combination of either noxious odors or fowl taste.  Both types of repellants can be effective in a granular or spray treatment. 
  • Repellants are most effective for slight to moderate deer pressure. 
  • Key point for homeowners is that as soon as you begin to see deer damaging your landscaping, a repellant can be used to repel them before they become conditioned on feeding on your landscaping.  Repellants act as a great first step in deterring deer away from your home and landscaping. 
  • Deer fencing is a physical exclusion treatment option.  Deer fencing can be installed around gardens and property lines to exclude deer from gaining access to your landscaping.  Note that depending upon how severe your problem is with deer, you may need to install two fences one around the landscaping and a second fence outside of the first as a second layer of protection.  

Physical Exclusion

  • Deer fencing is a physical exclusion treatment option.  Deer fencing can be installed around gardens and property lines to exclude deer from gaining access to your landscaping.  Note that depending upon how severe your problem is with deer, you may need to install two fences one around the landscaping and a second fence outside of the first as a second layer of protection.  

Other Controls

  • Visual deterrents such as reflective tape and streamers
  • Predator decoys visual deterrents
  • Note that with these types of deterrents, if you are experiencing heavy deer pressure and activity, the deer may become accustomed to these deterrent devices and methods and may become ineffective in a short period of time. 

For all your deer control management and tick control in New Jersey, please call Alliance Pest Services to.