While hunters and nature enthusiasts would disagree, deer can actually be quite a nuisance to homes or businesses. Common issues include destroying vegetation, fouling waterholes, and even transmitting diseases, such as tularemia and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). To protect your home or business from deer, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an animal infestation occur.
What Are Deer?
Deer are mammals from the Cervidae family found all throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. These gentle creatures live in all different types of climates and engage in an herbivorous diet (only eating plants and vegetation). Wildlife control experts state there are currently three main species of deer in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, including the most well-known white-tailed deer. In New Jersey alone, there were an estimated more than 125,000 white-tailed deer, as of 2018.
How Do I Get Deer?
Deer tend to move around, especially males in the fall breeding season (known as the rut). As they can live in the climates of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland year-round, your chance of getting deer on your home or business property could be high. Having deer-attractive plants on your property increases your chances of needing deer wildlife control and the advice of the wildlife control experts at Viking Pest. These include:
- White oaks (deer love acorns)
- Beech trees
- Apple and pear trees
- Turnips and kale
- Honey locusts
What Are The Effects of Deer In and Around My Home or Business?
While many might not immediately identify deer as pests, homeowners and business owners in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware with experience would disagree. Wildlife control experts explain deer are not aggressive, but they can cause significant damage to plants, trees, and landscaping through trampling, eating, and ring-barking (the removal of bark around the base of a tree). Additionally, deer are capable of transmitting diseases, and ticks. The Deer Tick is the primary transmitter of Lyme disease which if left untreated, can lead to a variety of health problems for humans including severe headaches and neurological disorders.
How Long Do Deer Live?
Wildlife control experts explain the life span of deer depends heavily on the type of species you’re dealing with. Most deer can live somewhere in the 10 to 20-year range. White-tailed deer in the wild live to an average age of 4.5 years. Deer are on the higher end of this spectrum when kept in captivity away from predators and natural conditions. The current Guinness Book of World Records holder for oldest deer is 31 years and 226 days.
How Do I Prevent Deer?
Preventing deer from getting on your property can be achieved in many ways. Dealing with deer can be tricky, so we recommend consulting the wildlife control professionals at Viking Pest before developing a course of action, as we are the experts on how to keep deer away. That being said, here are a few quick tips you can use to control deer from damaging your home or your place of business.
- Install fencing around your entire property—remember deer can jump, so the fence should be at least 6 feet tall and slanted outward
- Use deer repellent to deter
- Remove deer attractant vegetation
- Seek professional deer pest control assistance and recommendations from wildlife control experts at Viking Pest
Protecting Your Home or Business From Deer With Viking Pest Control
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent deer from invading your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling deer from the source. Through IPM, pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!