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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.

(image credit: Dan Foy)

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.

This past year — one in which we have celebrated our 10th anniversary — has been a wonderful year for ohDEER. We look forward with high enthusiasm and optimism to 2018.

Out of the ohDEER corporate office in Wayland, MA, we service Metropolitan Boston and Central Massachusetts.  Through our ohDEER franchise network, we service Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island, and Central New Jersey.

Fundamental to the ever growing need for the all-natural solutions and applications that ohDEER provides, is that people want to spend time outdoors and to be safe while doing so.  People also want their pets and livestock to be safe.

ohDEER keeps disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks off of your property — as we do deer which are hosts for disease-carrying ticks, and which are also inclined to bespoil landscapes through munching on plants and flowers and tree bark.

As is the case with ohDEER customers, we like the outdoors, we like nature.

Fittingly, in this space, we like to talk about the outdoors and nature, and not just in direct relation to deer, mosquitoes, ticks.  For example, please click here to be taken to a post, titled, “Even in Small Doses, the Outdoors Does Us Good,” which was published on this blog 11 months ago.

On the cusp of the new year, we feel compelled to cite and point to that we are now 10 days beyond the the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere — the hemisphere which is the sphere of the globe north of the Equator, and the sphere where ohDEER and its customers are located — with the winter solstice being the annual event that marks the shortest day, and longest night, of the year.   Depending on the year, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is on either December 20th, 21st, or 22nd.

Starting the next 24-hour period after the date of the winter solstice, each subsequent 24-hour period will be one in which the day is longer, and the night shorter, than the 24-hour period that had immediately preceded it.  This lengthening of days and shortening of nights will continue until the the summer solstice — the date on which falls the longest day and shortest night of the year — which in 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere is June 21st.  On other years, the summer solstice may fall on June 20th or 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere.

Annually, the winter solstice coincides with the start of winter, and the summer solstice with the start of summer.

Solstices and seasons are reversed from Northern Hemisphere to Southern Hemisphere.  On December 21,  summer commenced in the Southern Hemisphere, with the hemisphere experiencing its longest day and shortest night.

But, again, ohDEER is Northern Hemisphere territory, and we will focus on that things are heading in the right direction around here — with days getting longer, nights getting a shorter — steadily, and a little bit at a time.

Nice thoughts.  Positive thoughts.

And, while holding these thoughts, let’s all commit to making 2018 a great year, one full of happiness and accomplishment.

ohDEER Wishes All a Happy New Year!!


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)