Dear Deer, Please Stop Eating My Landscaping! Tips For Exasperated Homeowners

Deer are becoming an increasingly problematic pest in many areas of the nation. While graceful and beautiful to observe, these large animals are actually capable of inflicting serious levels of damage to agricultural crops such as vegetable, fruit, nut, grains, and legumes.

Homeowners also experience costly deer damage to their gardens and landscaping plants. Deer are creatures of habit, and when they find an established food source they like, they will return again and again.

Some homeowners even find that deer are raiding their bird and squirrel feeders on a regular basis. If your peace and your home's landscaping are at risk from marauding deer, the following tips can help you foil these marauders and save your landscaping. 

Fencing deer out

Homeowners who are only trying to save a particular plant, tree, or a small area from deer damage may be able to do so successfully by fencing them out. Most deer fences are constructed of wood, metal, or vinyl and are high enough to prevent deer from jumping in and out of the enclosed area. 

Deer fencing does come with a down side, however. Fencing large areas can be prohibitively expensive, and using it in a residential setting can make it more difficult to mow, trim, and manage landscaping. 

Scaring deer away 

There are several DIY methods available for deer control. These range from the placement of substances that deer are said to find offensive, such as human urine and hair, to common items found in most households, like talcum powder or even commercial deer repellent preparations. 

While any of these substances may succeed in repelling some deer, they rarely solve a large or persistent deer invasion problem. In addition, applying these substances to the entire perimeter of your property can be messy and costly, especially when it must be reapplied frequently to a large area. 

Wildlife removal 

The best choice for removing deer and other persistent pests is to use a residential wildlife removal service. These experts are specially trained to handle wildlife removal problems specific to their geographic area. 

Deer and other large species of wildlife can be removed by using humane trapping procedures. Once the deer or other animals are caught in the traps, they are relocated to a safe wildlife habitat well away from the residential area in which they were seen as a pest. 

To learn more about your options for having deer humanely removed from your suburban or urban property, contact a reputable residential wildlife removal professional, like those represented at