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ohDEER is the leader in … and go-to source … for all-natural and highly effective deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We launched in 2007.  Now, in our second decade in business, we are fortunate to experience continued growth and success, and are thankful for our valued clients.

More and more, people recognize the importance of reducing and preventing the release of toxins and harsh chemicals in the environment.

ohDEER proprietary all-natural solutions do the job of keeping deer and mosquitoes and tick at bay and away, and are also thoroughly environmentally friendly.

It is something of continuing theme on this blog, and in other areas of our company communications, of our … sort of … paradoxical relationship with deer.

You see, we are inspired by and admire the beauty and elegance of deer – as have humans for as long as we have coexisted with the animals.   Deer have been and remain a spiritual and religious being for some societies.  Through the centuries, deer have been a valued source of food, and also, in some cultures, deer hides have been used for clothing and shelter.

Today, ohDEER is visiting a biological and cultural phenomenon related to deer.

We are talking about – “Deer in Headlights.”

Okay, in terms of a cultural phenomenon – popular cultural phenomenon – “Deer In Headlights” describes… sarcastically and snidely … a person who has been rendered, by whatever circumstance or challenge or request, panic-stricken and  immobile and tongue-tied and wide-eyed.

You know, kind of like the Atlanta Falcons late in the 4th quarter of the 2017 Super Bowl.

Of course, many people have experienced first-hand the literal deer in headlights – the deer frozen in the middle of the road, eyes fixated on and in the glare of headlights that are attached to a motor vehicle which may or may not be moving, and which may be about to intersect with said deer.

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With the fall deer mating season – the rut – soon upon us, which is a time of deer hormones and friskiness all skyrocketing and in tumble and flutter, the numbers of deer running and springing in front of autos … during the day and night … rises.

What causes the actual … the literal … deer in headlights?

For an answer, we refer you to a Q&A piece, titled, “Twilight Zone,” published in the Science section of the New York Times on November 30, 2010.

Here is the question:  “Why do deer get transfixed by car headlights and just stand there in harm’s way?”

As for the answer, which is provided by the Times science writer, C. Clairborne Ray, please click here to be taken to the article.

And, ohDEER will be so bold as to recommend action that decreases the chances that you and a deer in headlights end up in a bad way – and it is simple: if you are driving in an area where deer live, then drive in a way and in a manner that anticipates a deer can emerge out in front of your vehicle at any time.


And here we share more “Deer In Headlights” related.

There is the Deer in the Headlights playing card game, which is sold in its own branded package with a deck of official playing cards and specially decorate dice.

We can’t forget the song, Deer In Headlights, sung by Australian pop superstar, Sia, and contained in the official soundtrack of the steamy and romantic thriller motion picture, Fifty Shades Freed, the final film in a trilogy based on the companion Fifty Shades novel series written by British author E. L. James.

Good News: The Resurgence of the Honey Bee, An Animal Vitally Important to the Health of Humans and the Entire Earth Ecosystem

Honeybee and milk thistle (image credit: Wikimedia Commons)


ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

Here on this blog we mix things up in terms of topics and subjects.  Sure, we blog about our business and services, but in that we at ohDEER are lovers of nature and the outdoors … and in that our co-founder and co-owner, Kurt Upham, is an enthusiastic outdoorsman … we also post here about matters and issues pertaining to protecting and sustaining nature.

After all, all of us … all of us living beings and creatures on this planet … are all in it together.

A living being, a creature, who is among the planet’s most industrious and productive, and upon whose health the well-being of all humanity and the broader earth ecosystem depends, is the honeybee (apis mellifera).

Honeybees are nature’s all-star pollinators – those animals who transfer pollen, produced by the stamen, the male organ of a plant, to the stigma, a component of the female organ of a plant.  This transfer allows for fertilization, and the birth of new plants, and the continuation of a species.

Without pollinators, plants would face a big-time problem.  And that means other living things would face a big-time problem – for plants make possible a considerable percentage of the food we eat, whether it is plant life we eat directly, or the meat we eat that comes from animals who eat plant life for survival.

Therefore, major concern arose back in the winter of 2006-2007 when U.S. beekeepers started to notice a significant decrease in their honeybee hive populations – worker bees especially. Hives were left with a queen and plenty of honey, but not enough workers … conditions that put the future of the hive in jeopardy.

During this period, wild honeybee numbers were also falling.

Scientists and beekeepers determined that several factors contributed to the population decline. Chief among those factors were invasive pests, disease, pesticides, and a changing climate.

Colony collapse disorder was the name assigned the phenomenon of the tumbling honeybeenumbers.

At least in the U.S., colony collapse disorder continued for a few years.  Actually, if you click here you will be taken to Scientific American story, “Growth Industry: HoneybeeNumbers Expand Worldwide as U.S. Decline Continues,” published on May 18, 2009, and written by Katherine Harmon.

Things seemed dire.  But, alas, the sky has not continued to fall.

Actually, the sky is healthy … just fine.

Consider this excerpt from a Newsweek story, “Saving the Bees: Honeybee Populations on the Rise After Colony Collapse Disorder,” published on August 3, 2017:

“ … new data give some reason for optimism. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Tuesday, honeybee populations are on the rise. As of April, an estimated 2.89 million bee colonies existed across the U.S., an increase of 3 percent compared to April 2016.”

Please click here to be taken to the full story, which is written by Janice Williams.

Yes, good news.

And smart and considerate and consistent stewardship … and custodianship … of nature supports keeping the honeybee population healthy, and this directly supports and is integral to keeping Planet Earth healthy as well.


(This post was update on February 23, 2018)

A bald eagle perched on ice in Halifax, MA (Image credit: Michael Snow)


“It is never too late to go quietly to our lakes, rivers, oceans, even our small streams, and say to the sea gulls, the great blue herons, the bald eagles, the salmon, that we are sorry.”



ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

In 2018, we entered our second decade in business.

ohDEER serves an ever-growing request and need for all-natural solutions – those that contain no toxins and no harsh chemicals – and which effectively keep properties free of deer and mosquitoes and ticks.

Yes, deer spending time on your property is often not good because they are hosts for disease-carrying ticks, with these ticks transmitters of disease to humans, pets, and livestock.  Deer also chomp on and make a meal of shrubs, flowers, branches, leaves … and other plant forms and parts.

Of course, ticks don’t need deer to make it on to your property, but they won’t trespass there when they detect an ohDEER solution.  Mosquitoes, which also can spread disease to humans, pets, and livestock, don’t like ohDEER solutions any more than ticks do.

The ohDEER corporate headquarters is located in Wayland, MA.   Out of this office we service Metropolitan Boston West and Central Massachusetts.  Our franchise business, launched back in 2013, now has seven franchisees, with each office dedicated to covering one of the following geographic areas: North of Boston, South of Boston, Central Massachusetts, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island (NY), and Central New Jersey.

A primary inspiration that founded ohDEER, and one held by those in our customer base, is a love of the outdoors and nature.  We do our part in making the outdoors and nature safe and hospitable for people and their pets, and farm animals.

ohDEER likes to, in this space, from time to time, discuss and report on the natural world, and conservation, whether or not that discussion or reporting ties directly to the focus of the ohDEER business.

Today we talk about the most happy circumstance of the growth of the bald eagle  (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) population in North America, the only region in which this bird of prey, aka raptor, is found.

Front of the Great Seal of the United States

Yes, the majesty and grace of our national animal, our national bird, … our national emblem … is becoming more frequently sighted.   Seen more and more is that powerful bird, an image of which is featured on the front of the Great Seal of the United States,

Bald eagles had once been abundant on the continent, yet during the 20th century, hunting, development and removal of bald eagle habitat, and, during the 1950s and 1960s, use of the pesticide DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) in the United States, brought the bird to the point of extinction.

As for the threat that DDT posed, the chemical found its way into fish, a primary food source for bald eagles.  When the eagles ingested the fish, the eagles might become sick and even die, and the DDT also played havoc with the reproductive system of eagles, inhibiting their ability to produce calcium needed to make strong shells on the eggs that the eagles laid.  The eggs had weak shells, or no shells at all, which made precarious the survival of the chicks.  A specific deadly threat posed to the chicks not protected by a strong shell is that adult eagles, while roosting, would crush the babies.

In 1967, the federal government declared the bald eagle an endangered species.

During the 1970s, actions of federal and state government, often with these sectors of government working in unison, and the work of individuals and private agencies, took the lead in spurring the protection of the bald eagle and the growth of its numbers.  Among those actions was, in 1972, a federal ban on the use of DDT.

Please click here to be taken to a place dedicated to information on bald eagles –  including info on efforts to recover and protect the species – at the website of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The broad-based, focused, and committed campaign to safeguard bald eagles and bring them back has been successful.  In 2007, bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list.

Actually, even when there were large numbers of bald eagles in North America, in Massachusetts – the state where ohDEER is based – had relatively few.  Bald eagles are a “rare breeder” in the state.

In the 1970s, there were no known bald eagles in Massachusetts, with, prior to that period, the most recent sighting of bald eagles nesting in Massachusetts dating back to around 1900.

The bald eagle would make its return to the Bay State,

In 1982, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and Mass Audubon joined ranks on a project – one that would become a winner – to reintroduce bald eagles to Massachusetts.

Consider this excerpt, from the Mass Audubon website, describing results of the project:

“During the 2012 breeding season there were 38 territorial Bald Eagle pairs, of those, 27 pairs incubated eggs, producing a total of 31 chicks who survived the nestling stage and fledged. Once the young eagles are able to find food on their own (usually in late summer), the parents go their separate ways.”


If you click on this link you will be transported to the section of the Mass Audubon website devoted to bald eagles.

Hear!! … Hear!! … we call out on the reemergence of our winged national emblem.

On this blog, in August, we will publish an update on the return of the bald eagle to Massachusetts, and other areas in North America.


ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

In 2017, we are celebrating 10 years in business.  ohDEER is growing and expanding.

Through our corporate office and our franchisees, ohDEER services Central Massachusetts, Metropolitan Boston, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island, and Central New Jersey.

We at ohDEER have been fortunate.  We are thankful for our highly valued customers who make up that good fortune.

On Thanksgiving, ohDEER sounds a particularly loud and emotional and exuberant clarion of thanks.

As for the holiday, we note that Plymouth, MA, where the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, is only about 60 miles east of Wayland, MA, where ohDEER is based.

Yes, this historic event – which brought together the indigenous people, the Wampanoag, and the English settlers, the Pilgrims – took place in our neck of the woods.

Now, let’s see, you just know that we have to here talk about how, in some way, that first Thanksgiving has some sort of tie to the business of ohDEER.

We have it covered.

Let’s discuss the menu – even though neither the Wampanoag nor the Pilgrims left us any documentation as to what exactly was on the table for the meal component of the celebration, which lasted three days.

Sound research, though, tells us what probably was the fare.

Please click here to be taken to a History article, “First Thanksgiving meal.”

Deer, as in venison, was almost certainly consumed.  Following, from the story, is an excerpt which mentions Edward Winslow, a Pilgrim who participated in the first Thanksgiving, and who chronicled extensively the settlers experience in the New World:

“Winslow wrote that the Wampanoag guests arrived with an offering of five deer. Culinary historians speculate that the deer was roasted on a spit over a smoldering fire and that the colonists might have used some of the venison to whip up a hearty stew.”

It is a good bet that turkey was also eaten.

Turkeys were plentiful in these parts in the 1600s … as they are today.

And, as we discussed in this space in a Thanksgiving 2015 post, turkeys are actually a “powerhouse and all natural tick control machine”.

You see, turkeys eat a lot of ticks; they like to eat ticks – they can gobble up to 200 ticks in day.

Yup, we did it, and there you have it – the ohDEER Thanksgiving–deer-turkey-tick-themed post.

ohDEER Wishes All a Very Happy Thanksgiving!!


Disney Bambi costume and toddler (image credit: Disney)


ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2017.

Our proprietary applications and solutions are a response the needs of people who want to protect themselves and their properties, and who want this protection not to involve harsh chemicals.

The ohDEER corporate office is located in Wayland, MA.  From this office we service the western suburbs of Boston and Boston itself.

We launched our franchise business only three years ago, and today there are seven ohDEER franchisee offices, with one office dedicated to one of the following areas: North of Boston, South of Boston, Central Massachusetts, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island (NY), and Central New Jersey.

It would have to be that ohDEER is well acquainted with the image and form of those creatures we are up against – yes, the deer, the mosquito, and the tick.

As for those images and forms of deer and mosquitoes and ticks, with this being the eve of Halloween we make mention that those images and forms are sometimes expressed as costumes.

Now, for sure, deer costumes are popular.  Particularly adorable are toddlers who get dressed up as the famed baby deer Bambi.  Of course people of all ages get dressed up as Bambi, and also as adult deer, both does and bucks.

Homemade “The Tick” costume (image credit:

People get costumed as the superhero The Tick.  Please click here to be taken to a post published in this space last November 2nd which featured The Tick.

Mosquito costumes?  Are there such a thing?  You bet.  There doesn’t seem to be such a demand for them that there are many commercially produced mosquito themed attire.  There is though at least one company made mosquito costume – the stylish mosquito headpiece that Tentacle Studio handcrafts and fashions.


A lot fun, Halloween.

Enjoy yourself, be safe – and be on the lookout for people costumed as deer, mosquitoes, and ticks.  They are out there.

Mosquito headpiece (Tentacle Studio)


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ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We are celebrating our 10th year in business in 2017.

ohDEER is based in Wayland, MA.   Out of this office we service Metropolitan Boston West.

Our rapidly growing franchise system, only three years old, has seven locations, The geographic areas that these franchises service are North of Boston, South of Boston, Central Massachusetts, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island (NY), and Central New Jersey.

As has been discussed in this space, ohDEER has a complicated relationship with deer.  On one hand, we admire the creatures for their beauty and elegance, and that they are a source of delicious and nutritious food.

On the other hand, they can be a pest, bespoiling landscapes with their chewing and consuming of leaves and flowers — and also carrying ticks, which can transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock.

But, again, we do hold an affection for, and an interest in, deer..

In fact, ohDEER founder and co-owner Kurt Upham is a deer expert.

“Yes, I have long studied and read about deer,” said Kurt.  “I do so out of general curiosity, and also for the reasons that the better I understand deer the more effective I am in using all-natural solutions to keep deer off people’s properties. As well, I am a hunter, with deer my primary game; and I also am a nature lover, and spend a lot of time in nature.”

On a rainy day in early fall 2017, it is appropriate to take a look at how rain affects the movement of deer.

We found online the results of a study on rain and deer movement in fall (October 2013) done by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

The report, published on April 7, 2015, were of study findings based on the input and filling out of a survey of 1,700 deer watchers.  That is a serious study.

Author of the report is Dr. Duane Diefenbach, Professor of Wildlife Ecology with the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Now, it seems — as the study reports — that bucks aren’t as hearty as the does during times of rain.

Consider this excerpt from the study:

“First off, I could find no effect of temperature on deer movements. Of course we didn’t have many cold, rainy days – only 3 days did it rain with temps <45 F.

“For females I found NO EFFECT of rain on their movements. Maybe they moved a little less when it rained, but not much. They even moved the same distance during the day as at night! I never would have guessed that.”

Day in and day out, for the Month of October in 2013, females traveled about a two-thirds of a mile per day. Rain or shine.”

Males?  This is what Dr. Diefenbach reports:

“What about males? Well, it turns out they are wimps!

“That’s right! When it rains males don’t travel as far.

“As you’d expect, they travel farther than females, but when it rains they travel about 4-tenths of a mile less per day.”

Please click here to be taken to the full report.

Something tells us that women will find these results to be no surprise, and be comfortable with those results.

Guys?  Well, they will have some excuse for the relative lethargy.  They always do.


ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.  Now in our 10th year in business, we meet the need of a public increasingly looking for all natural methods and solutions to keep safe, stay free of bites, and prevent deer from munching on the plants on their properties.

Our corporate headquarters are located in Wayland, MA.  Out of this office we also service directly the Boston Metro South region.

ohDEER’s franchise business, only three years old, has seven locations.  Each of the seven locations is dedicated to one of the following geographic areas:

North of Boston, South of Boston, Central Massachusetts, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island (NY), and Central New Jersey.

Now, to get back to the “keep safe” and “stay free of bites” front, we speak to keeping people safe, and free of the bites, of mosquitoes and ticks, both which transmit disease to people, pets, and livestock.

Among the subjects that ohDEER addresses on this blog are environmental and seasonal and weather, and how all of it affects deer, mosquitoes, and ticks.

The weather catastrophes of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and now Maria, have rendered almost incalculable pain and suffering and loss across many fronts, and in many ways,

One way that the hurricanes are creating distress is that the damage they have caused makes for fertile environments for mosquito breeding.  Indeed this is what happens when hurricanes hit warm and hot environments.

Yet, curiously, it isn’t so much in the short-term that hurricanes foster conditions hospitable for disease-carrying mosquitoes, but a ways down the road.

Consider this excerpt from a September 6 Popular Mechanics story, titled, ‘Houston’s Next Battle After Harvey: Mosquitoes. The little buggers are about to be everywhere”:

“Mosquitoes are more than just itch-creating pests, of course. They’re incubators for disease.  Zika, West Nile, Yellow fever, Dengue fever, the list goes on.  West Nile in particular has been in Texas since 2002; in 2016 there were 370 recorded cases.  Before Harvey, there were already 57 recorded cases, including 3 deaths.

“In the short term, this isn’t an immediate threat, as floodwater mosquitoes don’t carry diseases.  ‘Then as conditions dry up,’ says Sonja Swiger of Texas A&M, ‘we will cycle out of those weeks of floodwater mosquitoes, and then begin cycling into a period of time where the disease-transmitting mosquitoes will emerge and build up. So, the initial run of mosquitoes is not too much of a disease threat although a huge nuisance to people but it’s the next run we really need to be concerned about.”

Please click here to be taken to the full story, which is written by David Grossman.

An explosion of disease-carrying mosquitoes. . As if the peoples of the hurricane-hit areas do not have enough with which to contend and be concerned.

Here in this space we will post updates on the mosquito situation in Florida and Texas and the Caribbean, and other areas hit by the recent hurricanes, and the efforts to battle and protect residents from potential outbreak of mosquito-borne disease.


NBA Superstar Steph Curry while on mission to Tanzania to distribute mosquito nets (image credit: Images/Stuart Ramson for UN Foundation)

Celebrating its 10th year in business. ohDEER is the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

Out of our corporate office in Wayland, MA, we service the Metropolitan Boston area.

Our franchise system is rapidly growing, with one franchise each covering the following geographic areas:  Central Massachusetts; Southeastern Massachusetts; Cape Cod and the Islands; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

More and more people opt for the ohDEER all-natural solutions and methods to keep deer off their property, and from chewing on shrubs and low-lying leaves on trees – and bringing with them ticks that can carry disease.

Of course, ticks, independent of deer can travel to yards and business properties – yet are prevented from doing so when they are repelled by ohDEER applications – as are mosquitoes, which can also carry and transmit disease to humans and animals.

Steph Curry launching a “three” (image credit: ESPN 99.1 FM)

This being basketball season and all, we thought it fitting in today’s post to feature a grassroots global campaign, launched in 2006, that battles the deadly epidemic of malaria in Africa , and which has strong ties to hoops, the NBA, and one of the best players on the planet.

Of course, mosquitoes – specifically the Anopheles genus of mosquitoes — carry malaria which they transfer to people.

Nothing But Nets is the name of the campaign.

“Nothing But Nets” is the title of column (a play off the “nothing-but-net” descriptor of shot in basketball that goes through the goal without touching the rim) written by the award-winning writer, Rick Reilly, which was published in May 2006 in Sports Illustrated, and which called on readers to each donate $10 to purchase a mosquito net that can cover a sleeping child in Africa.

Mr. Reilly, and the column, inspired a cause, and a program.

Nothing But Nets has raised close to $50 million and purchased 7.5 million nets.

One of the partners of Nothing But Nets is the NBA, through its worldwide social responsibility arm, NBA Cares.

A standard bearer for the NBA’s giving to Nothing But Nets is Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, one of most effective scorers in the history of the game, and just maybe its most efficient and accurate long-range shooter.

Stephen “Steph” Curry knows a lot about “nothing but net.”   He holds the NBA record for most three-pointers in a season, with 402 – a mark that improved the record he set the previous year with 286, which improved on the record he set two years prior to that with 272.

Now, consider, that over the past five seasons, Mr. Curry has donated three bed nets for every three-pointer he makes.   Please do the math.

And, consider, and we are thinking the territories in which ohDEER does business – it can temper the distress when Mr. Curry is dropping treys on the Celtics, Knicks, Nets, and Sixers, if fans of those programs understand the good those three-pointers are bringing about.