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NEW WAY TO KEEP DEER AT BAY
April 30, 2009
(SKY VALLEY) -- They may be cute but to gardeners here in the Sky Valley and across America deer are serious business. With a few snips of their teeth, these beautiful backyard invaders can wreak havoc on beautifully tended landscapes and prized gardens.
The Deer Fortress repellent seen in a typical garden setting. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Flowers, shrubs, fruits, vegetables and other plants are nothing more than a tasty meal for deer. Unfortunately, there has never been an easy and safe way to prevent deer from turning a beautiful garden into their own personal buffet.
As deer become a more prevalent visitor even in more populated suburban areas, conversations inevitably turn to discussions of what to do about the deer without harming them.
In response to the growing problem, communities have created committees to study the deer issue and homeowners across the country are spending millions of dollars annually on various devices and deterrents often with mixed results.
Now, however, a new kind of deer deterrent is on the options list. After five years of research and testing the new deer repellent can make a “deer-free garden” a reality, according to the manufacturer.
TWO BASIC KINDS OF REPELLENTS
In recent years there have been two basic kinds of deer repellents: liquid sprays that are applied directly to the plant’s foliage or fruit or granules that can be spread around the base of the plant or shrub
The mode-of-action of these deer repellants, in most cases, is often a noxious odor or an offensive taste that repels the deer.
However, there are significant issues with both of these, notes Stewart Clark, director of research and development at Senoret Chemical Company, makers of Deer Fortress – a new deer repellent designed for both consumers and professionals.
Liquid repellents tend to smell not very good so many homeowners shy away from them. In addition, since both liquid and granular applications are exposed to the elements, their effectiveness is measured in weeks at best.
Rain can quickly wash the repellent off of plants or leaves or dissolve it into the ground. Throughout the course of a normal growing season, numerous applications are often required and one missed application can leave a garden open to deer invasions.
The new Deer Fortress product in contrast is different in that it is virtually odorless to humans, weatherproof, non-toxic and one application lasts all season.
The product uses dried blood to trigger an innate danger response in deer, making them believe a predator is nearby. The manufacturer says this active ingredient has been a proven, highly effective repellent for several decades with studies showing that, next to fenced enclosures, blood is the most effective way to scare deer away.
It produces no noxious smells to humans and is a safe, natural, environmentally friendly product that can be used in any garden, including vegetable gardens.
Until now, however it was available only in granules and sprays, which require frequent reapplication during the growing season.
The Deer Fortress repellent by contrast is packaged in a patented, weatherproof container that is specially designed to allow the scent to escape but keep rain and other elements at bay.
These benefits make Deer Fortress an attractive option to many homeowners as well as for landscapers and professional grounds crews.
A gardener simply stakes the containers in the ground or hangs them in shrubs four to eight feet apart throughout the desired protection area. That is all there is to it, no mixing, spraying or reapplication necessary.
Because no reapplication is needed, the product is an economical option as it can cost less over a season than traditional repellent options.
However no deer repellent is 100 percent effective in every situation. As natural deer habitats are squeezed by development, deer must search harder for food. Repellents create an unpleasant environment for deer, but some may still forage in yards out of sheer survival instinct. However, proper use and application of deer repellents can lead to an increased success rate.
It is best to use any deer repellent product at the beginning of the growing season as it easier to discourage deer from feeding on certain plants from the beginning than to interrupt established feeding patterns.
More information about the Deer Fortress product can be found at www.deerfortress.com.