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Using Commercial Deer Repellents to Manage Deer Browsing in the Landscape

Author: 
Doug Tregoning, Jonathan S. Kays

Damage to ornamental plants by white-tailed deer has increased dramatically over recent years. Deer damage to home landscapes and gardens is the number one complaint in suburban areas. An integrated approach to deer damage management can often be the most optimal way to deal with the problem. Using any one or a combination of strategies including population management, fencing, vegetation management, and commercial repellents or scare tactics is the best approach to minimize negative impacts from deer. Commercial deer repellents have become increasingly popular with residential homeowners as a means of
keeping deer damage at tolerable levels.

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