As construction continues to take over previously forested areas, the animals that once lived there, such as deer, must seek out new areas to live. At first glance, deer may seem cute and unthreatening. But these animals can actually cause irreparable damage to your landscape plants, shrubs, trees, and also carry harmful diseases. Using deer repellent keeps deer away from your yard and drives them back into the forest where they belong.

Here are some reasons why you need to keep deer out of your yard in areas such as Westfield, Watchung, Warren, and nearby cities in New Jersey.

Deer Will Destroy Your Plants, Trees, & Shrubs

Did you know deer will consume close to 500 different types of plants? Once they know your landscaping or garden bed is accessible, they will come back to eat your plants until they are completely destroyed. They are also very likely to invade your property as soon as spring growth begins to pop up, and that is when your plants are at their most vulnerable stages right as they come out of dormancy.

If deer feed on your trees, that can also invite in tree disease as their feeding can open up holes in the bark. It weakens the tree and makes it more susceptible to both disease and insect infestation. Those diseases and insects can then spread to other trees on your property.

Deer Carry Ticks & Transmit Tick-Borne Illnesses

A deer in an overgrown area of a yard in Watchung, NJ.

Another threat deer pose to you, family, friends, and your pets is that they carry ticks as well as the diseases that ticks can transmit. Deer ticks are one of the primary carriers of Lyme disease, which comes with a whole host of side effects such as rashes, fatigue, achy joints, neurological problems, and more.

Other diseases that deer can carry and bring into your yard include tularemia, bovine tuberculosis, and even rabies. These diseases can also be transmitted via their fecal matter, which can be difficult to remove from your grass.

How to Keep Deer Away from Your Property

With rising concerns over pollution and chemical treatments, it’s usually best to try to use a deer repellent on your property that is environmentally friendly and will not harm any animals. At Stream Line Lawn & Landscape, we use a deer repellent that drives deer away based on taste and smell. It can be applied 7-12 times per year with usually 4 weeks between treatments.

There are also some plants that deer are generally not attracted to, such as ornamental grasses, spruce, and boxwood. By using these primarily in your yard, you can naturally work to deter deer from eating your landscape plants.

It's best to use environmentally-friendly ways to keep deer away, as the use of unnecessary chemicals and pollutants can be harmful to the surrounding plant life and wildlife.

Do you have a problem with deer in your yard?

Our professional crew can help with repelling deer from your property in Westfield, Watchung, Warren, and the surrounding areas of New Jersey. If you have a problem with deer in your yard that are destroying your landscape plants or leaving behind ticks, then our team can help plan out a strategy to reclaim your yard.

Contact us today at (833) 452-9666 or fill out our online contact form to set up an estimate on our deer repellent services.