Tell Us: How Do You Control The Deer?

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We asked for your comments on our Facebook page on how to control the deer problem and you responded. Here's what we've learned so far: You're smart and funny. Comments ranged from the serious (products that do/don't work) to the not so serious ("I invite the ex over…"). 

Have a suggestion that works? Know a product that's a total waste of money? Share it in the comments below or on our Facebook page. 

Here's what you suggested:

  • My sister bought me a product called Green Screen by Envirodyne, Inc. it is Deer and Rabbit Repellent that comes in little fabric bags you hang near items you would like to protect.....works like a charm and the best part it lasts all season....no smell!!! 
  • I'm sure a shotgun would do the trick
  • I just invite my exwife over...
  • I used deerskid also. not only did it keep the deer away, it (kept) everyone else away also. it does work though. my mom swears by irish spring soap. she shaves it onto her plants and areas that she does not want the deer.
  •  Equal parts eggs and the cheapest mouthwash you can find, mix them in a blender and put into a spray bottle. Once you spray it onto the plants, it hardens and the scent and film keeps the deer away. It is not bad smelling to humans. It stays on during a few rains. We have used it for years and it works.
  • We've tried it all- the soap, the egg mixture, blood/bone meal. Seems like nothing works consistently for very long. If the deer are hungry enough, nothing will stop them. Right now we're using wolf urine - bought online. I've heard that motion activated sprinklers work well too. Just be sure to put them on a timer and warn anyone who might visit during your 'on' time:)
  • Dryer sheets.
BWNash September 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Cuyahoga Valley Natural Rec Area has worked on deer solutions for a long time. You could contact them to see how they do it. I know there has been some work on putting birth control in salt licks. Or we could dart them and sterilize them. Either would be better than letting them starve or eat all the neighborhood landscaping. I'm not against hunting but not in residential areas. Plus I would be afraid to eat the deer around here since we don't know what kind of garbage, toxins or chemicals they are eating around here. Wild deer in the forest are edible, but I think not these semi-tame deer in our neighborhoods.
Emma L. Madrigal G. October 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
hello my name ia Emma ,very much like to see the chismas plates ,for next year pleas,
Patch reader October 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I saw this story in the Morning Journal today. Bow hunters will help cull deer herd at Dayton base Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 DAYTON (AP) — An Ohio Air Force Base is again opening part of its property to bow hunters to help cull the deer herd. The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/VJfVmV ) reports that bow hunters will be able to take aim on a section of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base next month. A random lottery will pick 65 hunters to participate. Darryn Warner, the natural resources program manager at the base, said it's the second year for an archery hunt at Wright-Patterson. Last year, hunters killed nine deer on the base. Warner said there are so many deer on the base that they get into areas where they are not supposed to be. Recently a security patrol vehicle collided with one of the animals. The hunt will take place from Nov. 4 through Feb. 3. Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com www.morningjournal.com/articles/2012/10/26/news/doc508a80ba925ba765428702.txt


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