Deer
Critter Control specializes in preventing deer damage, deer problems, deer in the garden, deer in the yard and how to get rid of deer. Call the experts when you notice a deer problem.

Description

The two most common deer in North America are the whitetail deer and the mule deer. There are other species in the United States, including Coues’ deer, Columbian blacktail deer, and Sitka blacktail deer.

Appearance

North American male deer (buck) usually weigh 100 lbs, but in rare cases, bucks in excess of 275 lbs have been recorded. The female (doe) in North America usually weighs from 88 to 198 lbs. White-tailed deer from the tropics are markedly smaller-bodied than temperate populations, averaging 77 to 110 lbs.

Deer undergo two moults per year. Whitetail deer have reddish brown thin-haired summer coat which is gradually replaced by the dense, greyish brown winter coat in autumn, which in turn gives way to the summer coat in the following spring. The deer can be recognized by the characteristic white underside to its tail. It raises its tail when it is alarmed to warn the predator that it has been detected.

All male deer possess antlers, include a series of tines sprouting upward from a forward-curving main beam Antlers begin to grow in late spring, covered with a highly vascularised tissue known as velvet. A buck's inside spread can be from 3 to 25 inches. Bucks shed their antlers when all females have been bred, from late December to February. A baby deer is called a fawn and typically is covered in white spots that fade as the fawn grows.

Habitat

Deer often take cover in the woods and will bed down for the night in a swampy area. They will travel the same trails in a general area, but will not bed down in the exact same spot each night. If they suspect danger they will move to a new location, especially if a doe has fawns. Look for trails that are well used, a dry area near a water source where the deer may bed down and trees with bark rubbed off a few feet from the ground. Bucks will often rub their antlers on trees. These are the common signs to look for when trying to determine whether you have a deer problem. The next step is to get rid of deer in order to resolve the problem. 

Problems

Oh Deer!

Deer often make an appearance in the spring and fall in the area. They won’t normally look for shelter near houses or sheds, but you will often see deer in yards and deer in gardens looking for food, which may cause you to seek out ways to get rid of deer. If you have a vegetable garden or flower garden, then you have probably experienced deer damage in the form of chewed plants. Deer problems don’t include the normal pest-related issues from birds, insects and other wildlife, but deer problems can still become a huge nuisance around the area and may require a deer removal expert to get rid of deer problems.

Unlike other animals, deer do not store up food for the winter. They graze throughout the day and will become more active before and after a large storm. A deer in the area is not hard to miss because of its size and unmistakable hoof print. The hoof print resembles an upside down or backwards heart. Deer generally move in the early morning hours around the area right before and after the sunrise and right before and after sunset. If you suspect deer problems or deer damage, look for hoof prints, pebble-like deer droppings and green plants that have been chewed on (especially corn). White-tailed deer eat large amounts of food and their special stomachs allow them to eat some things humans cannot, such as mushrooms and poison ivy. Their diets vary by season according to availability of food sources. They also eat hay, grass, white clover, and other foods they can find on residential or farm land.

Damage

Deer damage is normally contained within a garden area and you may not notice any damage to fencing protecting the garden since deer in the area can jump over a 10 or 12 foot fence if they are running. It is uncommon for a deer to jump a fence that high without trying to escape danger, but it is possible. If a group of deer are in the yard or garden, then there will be an increase of deer droppings. On rare occasions, deer in the area will jump through a window because they become afraid of their reflection. Deer around the area often run out in the middle of a road during the night or when they are spooked. If this becomes a problem in a specific area, a Critter Control deer removal and deer damage specialist will know what measures to take and the proper officials to contact if necessary. Problems with deer in garden and deer in flower garden can be very annoying!

Control

Call your local Critter Control deer removal and deer damage specialist to confirm you are experiencing deer problems and they can provide expert advice on how to get rid of deer. In most locations around the area there is a specific season for deer hunting and it is illegal to shoot deer out of season. In some situations, you can obtain a special permit if they are a nuisance. A Critter Control deer removal specialist will know the proper procedures in removing a deer and whether a situation calls for additional licensing for deer removal.

Prevention

There are measures you can take to prevent deer problems and to get rid of deer in the area, such as building a fence around your garden, but it is best to contact your local Critter Control deer removal and deer damage specialist for specific ideas on preventing deer damage and preventing deer problems.

Critter Control of Virginia Beach Service Area

Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton

This franchise is independently licensed and operated by ADAY Services, Inc. dba Critter Control of  Virginia Beach.