Deer may seem to be a part of the charming wildlife surrounding your home, but they can cause irreparable damage to your landscape if you let them have free rein over your property. Deer feed on plants, shrubs, and trees and carry deer ticks which transmit dangerous Lyme disease. Bucks will rub their antlers on young trees to help remove the “velvet” from new antlers. You should keep deer out of your yard year-round to prevent their feeding on your plants and stripping bark off your trees. Fall and winter can be especially risky, as deer emerge widely for the rut season and seek out food during winter. If you want to keep deer away from your yard, contact Scientific Plant Service for our comprehensive deer repellent program.
Deer Destroy Your Plants, Trees, and Shrubs
Many homeowners take steps to keep deer out of their yards because of the damage deer do when they feed on your landscape. Deer can consume nearly 500 types of plants, and once they know that your landscaping or garden bed is accessible (and delicious), they will keep coming back until your plants are destroyed.
If deer feed on your trees, they can invite in tree disease as their feeding opens up the bark to fungal pathogens. This weakens the tree and makes it much more susceptible to disease and insect infestations. Deer can quickly ruin the trees and plants you’ve worked years to cultivate in your landscape.
Deer Carry Ticks and Transmit Tick-Borne Diseases
Another threat deer pose to you and your family is their carrying of ticks and diseases those ticks transmit. Deer ticks are one of the primary carriers of Lyme disease, which comes with a variety of physical and neurological side effects. Deer can also bring tularemia and rabies into your yard. It’s always best to keep deer out of your yard to be as safe as possible.
How You Can Keep Deer Out of Your Yard
At Scientific Plant Service, we recommend applying our deer repellent all twelve months of the year. Our program uses organic-based solutions that won’t harm the environment or other animals. These solutions are applied to the prime plants and shrubs deer go after in your yard and repel the deer from snacking on your plants. The program also includes a rotation of different products so deer don’t develop resistance to one product. With this program, deer learn that a property has no appealing food available, which discourages them from returning.
However, if you want to take extra steps to prevent ticks, and the diseases they carry, off of your property, there are additional steps you can take. We can fog your property and wood lines where deer travel during the spring and fall (prime tick breeding seasons) to control ticks. Call us today if you want to explore effective ways to keep deer and ticks away throughout the year.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.