Since the mid 1980’s, the whitetail deer has become a major problem to homeowners and farmers alike. The average deer can eat 10 pounds of forage a day or a half ton of food over a life time. Deer prefer vegetation such as grasses, plant leaves, needles and buds and acorn mast. There are many lists available detailing which plants deer will or will not eat. However, it is best to treat every plant in your landscape as deer food. After all deer don’t read, so how are they supposed to know what plants they should not eat! When deer are starving due of lack of vegetation, they will eat whatever plant material they can find. NOT ONLY ARE whitetail deer prolific eaters, they are prolific breeders as well. A doe can have up to 18 fawns through her lifetime. The average deer can live up to seven years and not wander more than a ½ mile from place of birth. Logic tells us that the more deer that are born in a given area with no real predators, the browsing damage produced by all these deer will have devastating effects to the vegetation in that area, which of course will affect the environment.
How to identify damage caused by deer:
Most casual browse damage created by deer is from the ground up to about 4 feet high and when food source is scarce a deer will stand on its hind legs and browse up to 6 feet. Whitetail deer have front teeth that are rough and tear plant material, leaving jagged edges on plant leaves, stems and vines. Deer tend to prefer new tender growth and plant buds where the most nutritional value of the plant is located. Once a deer devours the new buds on plants, it effectively stunts the plant and that plant will not flower for that year. A mature doe will weigh up to 120 lbs. a buck up to 200lbs. When deer this large walk through a perennial garden they can break and snap plants limbs and branches. Beside the deer damage created by browsing and crushing plant material, a buck can destroy new trees by rubbing with his antlers.
If you are not sure of bite marks left on plants, check for deer hoof prints. A hoof print looks almost like two bananas facing each other, with the front mark coming to a point. Check for deer droppings in your garden or yard. Deer scat are small, black, smooth pellets and are either clumped or scattered in close proximity.
How to spray BOBBEX Deer Repellent to deter Deer:
The best time to spray Bobbex is the first sign of spring. When hosta, lilies, and tulips start poking out of the ground, it is time to apply Bobbex. Begin spraying the new bud growth at about 2’’. Since spring it the time when plants grow rapidly, spray every 2 weeks. REMEMBER new growth is unprotected growth! Continue the spraying program through the winter months.
The best way to apply Bobbex is to start spraying before first signs of damage. Spray the whole plant, applying to both sides of the leaf and stem. Spray the plant until the first drip or run off, similar to spraying paint. Do not worry about Bobbex Deer Repellent washing off in rain or every day watering, it contains an all-natural sticker that allows the spray to adhere to the plant. Teach the deer that your property is not a place to dine.