Posts Tagged ‘all natural deer control’


(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!!


Arby’s Venison Sandwich (image credit: Arby’s)

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

In 2017, we are celebrating 10 years in business.

We are based in Wayland, MA.  Out of this office we service the Metropolitan Boston region.

Our franchise business, launched only three years ago, now has seven 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.

We often discuss here – as was the case in the post on this blog that preceded this post –how ohDEER has a sort of, okay, we will use that precise word yet again – “complicated” – relationship with deer.

Yes, since deer can carry ticks, some of which cause disease – and since deer like to chew on and make a meal of plants, some of which may be components of the landscape or grounds of a home or business – people come to us to apply the all-natural solutions that keep deer off of your property.

Then, again, though, deer are beautiful and elegant creatures.

As well, deer are a nutritious food source – one of high protein with little fat.

It captured our attention, the news, that Arby’s – the restaurant chain that dubs itself the “home of the meats” – is bringing back this in 2017 its Venison Sandwich.

Last year, Arby’s released the Venison Sandwich in only five states, and in 17 restaurants; and as company statement reports, the sandwich “sold out within hours.”

This year, Arby’s will sell the Venison Sandwich nationwide, in all 3,300 of its restaurants.  The sandwich will be available for one day, Saturday, October 21, while supplies last.

Here is descriptor of the Venison Sandwich taken from the Arby’s website:

“This limited time sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt, and pepper and is cooked for three hours to juicy perfection. It’s topped with crispy onions and a cabernet steak sauce infused with juniper berries. Served on a toasted star top bun.​​”

Kurt Upham’s thoughts?

“Venison is delicious when done right – just about the best meat there is,” said Kurt.  “Yet, tremendous care and preparation goes into bringing it to the table in delicious form.  For example, depending on the part of the animal, the best method of preparation and cooking, and length of time cooking, can vary widely.

“Now, I have to say, Arby’s marketing has described a delicious sandwich.  And, for a thick-cut venison steak, three hours cooking sounds about right – that is, if the temperature is also right. Gotta love, also, the ‘cabernet sauce infused with juniper berries.’”

Will Kurt partake of the Venison Sandwich?

“There is an Arby’s over in Marlborough, about 18 miles from ohDEER, via either Rte. 20 or Rte 27.  I’m thinking trying out the sandwich warrants that short road trip.  I’ll taste and provide a review.”


Arby’s is really going with the game meat this fall.   For, also on October 21, is offering an elk sandwich at three locations, all in elk country:  Billings, MT; Casper, WY; and Thorton, CO.



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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.


Kerri Martinek presents on social media and digital marketing strategies to ohDEER franchise owners

Kerri Martinek presents on social media and digital marketing strategies to ohDEER franchise owners

ohDeer, founded in 2007, is a leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

Co-founders and co-owners of ohDEER are the husband-and-wife team of Kurt and Colleen Upham.

Our corporate offices are based in Wayland, MA.  Out of this location we service Central Massachusetts, Boston, and Boston Metropolitan West.

We launched our franchising business three years ago.  In the short-time since the launch, seven ohDEER franchises have been established.

One franchise each is dedicated to serving one of the following geographic areas: Boston Metropolitan North; Cape Cod; Martha’s Vineyard; Nantucket; Southeastern Massachusetts; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

Rhett Clark, owner of Gregson-Clark, discusses sprayer equipment

Rhett Clark, owner of Gregson-Clark, discusses sprayer equipment

Fundamental to the success of ohDEER and the value we provide our clients is that we are committed to constant improvement and finding ways to do things more effectively.

To that end, and in that pursuit, ohDEER held its first franchise meeting on Saturday, November 5, at the beautiful Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside in Newton, MA.

The theme of the meeting was “Get Charged Up For Success!”

“It is very important to Colleen and myself that we stay have strong and open lines of communications with our franchisees,” said Kurt Upham, “and that corporate and all of our franchisees are invested in each other’s success.

“The ‘Get Charged Up For Success’ meeting – which is the first of what will be annual, if not more frequent, franchise meetings, supports this goal and mission.”

The meeting had a full-day agenda that started with breakfast at 8.

“After breakfast, we began a series of industry education and corporate development presentations delivered by professionals from companies whose products we use,” said Colleen Upham.

George Williams, Technical Specialist/Entomologist at Univar, a global specialty chemical company, gave the first presentation; it focused on spray applications and best techniques, and lasted from 9 to 10.

From 10 to 11, Eric Picard, Regional Sales Representative for the insect control company Central Life Sciences, spoke on the history of organic pest control.

Next up was Rhett Clark, owner of the spray equipment manufacturer Gregson-Clark, who talked from 11 to noon on sprayer pump maintenance and troubleshooting.

Lunch was from noon to 12:45.

“Following lunch there were two business operations and development sessions,” said Colleen Upham.

Kerri Martinek, owner of marketing-communications group Small Pond Marketing, presented, from 12:45 to 2, on social media and digital marketing strategies.

Our final presenter on the day was one Jason Harris, a good friend of ohDEER.

Jason, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University and an MBA from Babson College, is also vice president of the award-winning landscape design firm Gregory Lombardi Design and co-owner of Parterre Garden Services, a skilled garden care and property management company.

Jason shared and discussed business development strategies.

After the schedule of presentations was complete, all attendees and presenters sat for a delicious and enjoyable dinner at Tempo, a bistro in the nearby city of Watham.

“We are very happy how the meeting went,” said Kurt.  “Those delivering presentations did a great job – and the networking and sharing of information was valuable.

“We are already planning the next franchisee meeting.”


White-tailed buck approaching doe (image credit: Jaime Johnson/The Spokesman Review)

White-tailed buck approaching doe (image credit: Jaime Johnson and Lisa Johnson)

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

In 2017 we will celebrate a decade in business.

Out of our corporate office, based in Wayland, MA, we service Metropolitan Boston and Boston proper.

Our franchise business, launched only two years ago, is growing fast – and is immensely successful.  There are seven ohDEER franchises – one each focused on serving the regions of Boston Metropolitan North; Cape Cod; Martha’s Vineyard; Nantucket; Southeastern Massachusetts; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

As is our frequent mantra in this space regarding deer, we adore the creatures being the deer species in New England –and find them majestic and elegant and awe inspiring. We also consider them delicious to eat.

We study deer –with a specific focus on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), the species of deer that inhabits the U.S. Northeast.

And we always keep front and center on our radar screen that deer munch on valued leaves and shrubs and other plant life.  Positioned front and center on our radar screen, as well, is that deer carry ticks which transmit disease.

Result of deer and car collision (image credit: Kurt Upham)

Result of deer and car collision (image credit: Kurt Upham)

Therefore, of course, our affection for deer does not modify or limit or inhibit one iota our dedication to keeping them off your property,

But as for our interest in, and that affection for, deer, we share here today how the changing of the season and the shortening of the days are having an effect on deer behavior.

All animals, including humans, are affected by seasonal changes, including variation on temperature, length of day, and even amount of rain.

Animals in the wild, though – and that includes the rare humans that still live in the wild – are far more influenced by seasonal changes that we civilized beings, and captive non-humans, whose environments are artificially modified.

Presently, and on the whole, deer – and the deer in New England are white-tailed deer – are feeling the seasonal change more acutely than humans.

And, presently, deer – both male and female – are entering breeding season, also called the “rut.”  The rut is brought about by the seasonal change.

“We are losing light every day, and will continue to do so until the winter solstice, which, this year, is on December 21,” said Kurt Upham, co-founder and co-owner, with his wife, Colleen, of ohDEER.  “A reduction in daylight is the major factor that results in deer moving into the rut; for as length of daylight decreases, it affects the pineal gland in bucks and does, resulting in a change in hormones that makes the animals desiring for and looking to mate.”

“As fall continues, male testosterone boosts, and the bucks grow antlers, with males using antlers to joust and fight with the goal of securing a mating privilege.  Females change in that their estrogen rises and their progesterone decreases which makes them go into estrus, which is the period of maximum female receptivity to mating.”

Kurt further explained that when deer are in the rut, with so much sex on their brains, that they aren’t the most rational of animals – and with the mating game involving bucks chasing does, the incidence of deer running into roads and in front of motor vehicles is far higher than in non-rut season.

Accordingly, a word of caution, everyone.

ohDEER will continue, here, in this space, from time to time, to share more information on deer … those wonderful and beautiful animals, which we, using all natural methods, keep off your property.

DEER IN NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AND SPIRITUALITY. ohDEER Agrees That Deer are Beautiful and Inspiring – and We are Also Committed to Keeping Them Off Your Property

Gourd rattle, with Native American deer totem symbol, handmade by artist Candy (image credit: SpeaksWithAncestors)

Gourd rattle, with Native American deer totem symbol, handmade by artist Candy (image credit: SpeaksWithAncestors)

Now in its ninth year in business, ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

The success of ohDEER is owed to the effectiveness of our solutions and service, integrity, forthrightness, valued pricing – and a growing awareness of the importance of limiting chemicals and toxins into the environment.

Our corporate office is based just west of Boston, in Wayland, MA.   Out of our corporate location we service towns metropolitan Boston and Boston proper.

Our recently launched franchise business, is growing strong, with franchises – one each servicing the following geographic areas: Cape Cod; Martha’s Vineyard; Nantucket; Southeastern Massachusetts; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

Now, while ohDEER recognizes nemeses in deer, mosquitoes, and ticks, we also admire and hold a soft spot for deer – beautiful and elegant creatures.

In Native American culture, certain animals – including deer – were totem animals; they symbolic, and hold helpful spiritual energy, and even lessons, with which people can connect, and with which they can be attuned.

Native American deer symbol (image credit:

Native American deer symbol (image credit:

Deer, of course, were critical resources for survival for the First People of this land – for deer meat provided food, and hides were used for clothing and shelter.

Members of the Wampanoag tribe brought five deer to the first Thanksgiving celebration.

Following is an excerpt from the page, Native American Legends: Native American Totem Animals & Their Meanings, at the Legends Of America website:

“Native beliefs … explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world.  Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is the totem animal that acts as the main guide spirit.

With this one animal a connection is shared, either through interest in the animal, characteristics, dreams, or other interaction.”

And different animals hold different meanings – and transmit different messages and different symbolically.

Below, excerpt from the section, Deer Spirit Animal, written by Elena Harris, at the Spirit Animals & Animal Totems website, are meanings of the deer totem:

  • Gentleness
  • Ability to move through life and obstacles with grace
  • Being in touch with inner child, innocence
  • Being sensitive and intuitive
  • Vigilance, ability to change directions quickly
  • Magical ability to regenerate, being in touch with life’s mysteries

Please click here to be taken to the full Deer Spirit Animal page.

Native Americans knew, and know, well the deer – and shared with the animal a bond of energy and spirit.

We at ohDEER also appreciate deer.   They hold for us wonder, and present beauty and elegance.

We will make sure, however, that they stay off your lawn, and aren’t making a meal of any of your shrubs or plants.