Many people love to watch deer in their natural habitat as these large, majestic, and beautiful creatures are stunning to see. However, one place that you do want to do any deer watching is your backyard. As the population of both humans and deer continues to grow, deer in residential areas is becoming a major problem. Consider three of the greatest risks posed by deer on your property.
1 – Environmental Risks
Deer entering your property will be followed by their natural predators. Groups of deer concentrated in relatively small areas, such as residential neighborhoods, make ideal prey for bobcats and coyotes. While these animals may not be direct predators of humans, there are still dangers in having them present near your home.
The animals that prey on deer are also happy to make a meal out of family pets, including cats, dogs, and other small animals. In addition, they could potentially be infected with rabies and cause an outbreak in your area. If predatory animals, such as bobcats and coyotes, find that they can obtain food on your property, they are sure to come back creating a long term problem.
2 – Health Risks
Deer are known to carry at least two diseases that can be contracted by humans. First, they are carriers of Lyme disease. This illness is spread through an infected tick bite to humans and pets. It causes fever, joint pain, rashes, headaches, and fatigue. If left untreated, it can go on to wreak havoc on the central nervous system, even causing memory loss.
Second, deer can spread brucellosis, a bacterial infection that affects the lining of the heart and the central nervous system. Some of the common symptoms of this infection are fever and headache.
The greatest health risk posed by deer is the increased risk of car accidents. Deer are considered to be among the most dangerous mammals in North America, in great part because of the high number of car accidents they cause each year.
3 – Property Risks
As deer forage for food and shelter on your property, they are certain to damage your landscape. Hungry deer will eat just about anything while feeding on 6 -10 pounds of greenery each day. This can do serious damage to your flowers, vegetables, and trees. During mating season, bucks rub their antlers on trees to mark their territory and often damage or kill the trees in the process. Deer also leave behind large amounts of scat as they move through your property.
One of the easiest and safest ways to avoid these risks and keep deer out of your yard is using deer repellent, such as Shake-Away Deer Repellent Packs. It only takes a few minutes to position the repellent packs around your property. The repellent is made using predator scents that scare off deer naturally. It contains no harmful products and is effective up to 90 days regardless of weather conditions.
While they may be cute and beautiful animals, deer also pose a variety of risks to people that you should be aware of. Understanding these risks will help you see the importance of keeping deer out of your yard.