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Old 03-11-2017, 06:21 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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We have a deer problem. They eat everything around here. You know those prickly holly trees with the red berries? They even ate those thorny things in my yard. Tulips? Might as well be crack. Green giant arborvitae seems like mashed potatoes and gravy to these hateful hounds of hell. We've tried the sprays, and we're trying the loose netting over the tulip beds (but they're just taking them up through the netting.) I sprayed everything with neem oil last fall that helped a little, but it wears off and is a chore to do.

Short of traumatizing the neighborhood kids with blowing Bambi's head off (which my animal loving wife is about ready to do), anyone know of anything that can scare these little turds off? Any motion detection devices that I can strap to a tree that'd spook them away that actually work and won't annoy my neighbors (no loud horns)? I'm open to any and all ideas at this point, short of harming them.
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Old 03-11-2017, 06:43 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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These work, but you need to move them around every so often, or Bambi WILL figure out how to bypass them.

https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-scarecro...qqoaAiNf8P8HAQ
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Old 03-11-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I solved my deer problem by moving my roses to the fenced back yard, then installed a large, bright LED light with motion sensor in the front where they were eating the Hostas. Now we only get rabbits, but they are not as destructive as the deer. Our deer don't touch the Holly, or evergreens, but it helps that the neighbor has apple trees they can feed on.
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Old 03-11-2017, 09:08 AM
 
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Get a big dog let it loose around your yard. It can chase deer away, or be friends them as playmates. In that case, take out the camcorder and post it on YouTube.
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Old 03-11-2017, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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For years we wondered what was happening to our plants. Then we figured it out. We're kinda slow. Spraying didn't help either. Did somebody say motion activated lights help?
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Old 03-11-2017, 09:16 AM
 
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Get a big dog let it loose around your yard. It can chase deer away, .......
Until the day that a deer decides not to run and it beats the dog snot out if your dog, resulting in expensive vet bills, or even the death of your dog.

The only thing that ever worked for us was a very tall game fence that was too high for the deer to jump.
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Old 03-11-2017, 09:19 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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For years we wondered what was happening to our plants. Then we figured it out. We're kinda slow. Spraying didn't help either. Did somebody say motion activated lights help?
The only thing they did for me was help me see all of them huffing down the last stalks of my hydrangeas.
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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Until the day that a deer decides not to run and it beats the dog snot out if your dog, resulting in expensive vet bills, or even the death of your dog.
Hmmm you got a point. Those NC deer are fat.

Get a Great Dane?
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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Until the day that a deer decides not to run and it beats the dog snot out if your dog, resulting in expensive vet bills, or even the death of your dog.

The only thing that ever worked for us was a very tall game fence that was too high for the deer to jump.


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I wish this would be posted every time posters come up with remedies for deer that don't work !
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:20 AM
 
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I wish this would be posted every time posters come up with remedies for deer that don't work !
Damn. You're judgemental. How do you know it will not work?
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