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Cutting and Thinning of Trees Pays Important Dividends – in Expanding Diversity of Wildlife Habitat, and in Helping to Fight Wildfires and Save Lives and Prevent Destruction

Depiction of strategic and expert thinning of a forest tree stand: every third row removed (image credit: U.S. Forest Service)

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

We launched in 2007.  Today, through our corporate office in Wayland, MA, and through our franchise locations, ohDEER provides service throughout Massachusetts, including the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

In all our work, ohDEER places a strong emphasis, and holds deep consideration, on protecting the environment.

Indeed, Kurt Upham – who, along with his wife, Colleen, co-founded and co-own ohDEER – is a long-time and dedicated outdoorsman who advocates for smart and sustainable land stewardship.

Back on September 30, 2016, we published in this space a post, “In Maintaining Healthy Forests, Sometimes Leaving Mother Nature Alone Is Not the Best  Course,” in which we discussed the benefits of cutting and thinning trees in areas in which trees are densely packed.

Removing trees in a careful and practiced manner provides the conditions for the remaining trees to have better access to nutrients, which allows then to literally branch out and grow taller and wider, and for root systems to become healthier and more established – and also for more light to reach the floor of the woods and forests, allowing for increased shrub growth. Increased space between trees, and more shrubs, makes more diverse a living habitat, with birds being the biggest beneficiary.

Thinning of trees also can render major benefits to achieve a more important and urgent goal: fighting, corralling, and subduing wildfires, which have increased in frequency, destructive power, and lethality in recent times.  Of course, ongoing in California are historically deadly and catastrophic fires.

Once a wildfire starts, it can be powerfully helped along when it comes upon a tight congestion of trees – which to fuel to fire.  Clearing out … and making sparser … the trees of wooded and forested areas can be smart and highly effective fire control and prevention.

Cutting down, and harvesting trees for replanting … and removing trees through controlled burning … makes wildfire fuel less available.

Now, for sure, in terms of preventing wildfires from starting, the most important and immediate weapon to be employed is for humans to be more considerate and more thoughtful and act more safely in handling fire. Throughout the U.S., a little more than 80 percent of wildfires are started by humans, most accidental … and some acts of arson.

Nature … in the form of lightning … sparks wildfires.

People can debate on the role of humans, and what we can do or not do to alter and put the skids on and reverse climate change.  But the fact is that – no matter who or what is to blame – there has been a warming of the atmosphere.  This warming contributes to drought, which leaves land parched, and hospitable for fast-moving wildfires.

Let’s not let wind off the hook.  Wind blows life into and pushes along fire.

Yet, taking a broad and cosmic view of fire … one of the elemental components of the universe running out of control … almost all of it can stopped before it starts if we make absolutely sure that all fires we light are also fires we have extinguished.  Really.

And ohDEER believes what Smokey Bear has long been telling us is what we need to continue to hear: “Only you can prevent wildfires.”


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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.


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

Having launched in 2007, we are now in our second decade in business.

We are based in Wayland, MA.  Through our corporate office, and our nine franchisee locations, we service and cover a breadth of geography that takes in the following areas:

  • Central Massachusetts and all points eastward across the state, including Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
  • The East End of Long Island, NY
  • Central New Jersey

Fundamental to our business and its success is our appreciation for, and staying in tune with, nature and the outdoors untamed.

Indeed, ohDEER co-founder and co-owner Kurt Upham is the quintessential outdoorsman.

We are sensitive to changes in climate, weather, the natural and manmade environment, and the conduct and development … and even evolution … of all creatures, especially deer and mosquitoes and ticks.

Nature responds to human activity – and humans respond to natural activity.

We are living with the consequences of the development of what was once deep woods and forests, and which was once the habitat of deer and coyotes and foxes and bears.  Building and removal of this habitat has chased these animals, and others, to take up residence in woods and fields that are on the cusp, and sometimes amid, human civilization.

More and more, ohDEER is hired to apply our proprietary solutions and applications to ward off deer in places that even 10 years ago it would have been a totally curious event to see a doe, buck, or fawn.

Is there anything good about more types of animals becoming our neighbors?

Or is the condition of new species of neighbors not necessarily good or bad – but just the way things are going to be?

We at ohDEER understand an inclination to look at the migration of animals from the untouched and primeval to spaces busy with human activity as … well … unnatural …. and not how things should be – and to consider that surely cities are not habitable and hospitable for fauna not native to confusion and density of buildings, traffic, swarms of pedestrians, loud sounds, and pollution.

Well, there is a book released earlier this month which is receiving tremendous attention and strong positive reviews, which modifies this impulse and steers and informs a different perspective.

The book is Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution (Picador), written by Menno Schilthuizen, the renowned evolutionary biologist, “urban ecologist,” and research scientist.

In Darwin Comes to Town, Menno Schilthuizen presents and explains that cities and metropolitan areas support their own ecosystems in which animals can thrive, often through remarkable and dramatic adaptation achieved over short periods.

Consider this excerpt of marketing messages that the publisher put out to market the book:

“Carrion crows in the Japanese city of Sendai have learned to use passing traffic to crack nuts.

“*Lizards in Puerto Rico are evolving feet that better grip surfaces like concrete.

“*Europe’s urban blackbirds sing at a higher pitch than their rural cousins, to be heard over the din of traffic.”

We are intrigued.  We read previews of the book online.

We are going to read the entire Darwin Comes to Town book.

Among the topics that grabbed our attention, as it would have to, is in the first chapter of Darwin Comes to Town, the discussion of mosquitoes – specifically the Culex molestus mosquito, also known as the London Underground Mosquito.   This mosquito lives in the London subway, commonly called “The Tube.”

Now, get this, in the 1990s, University of London geneticist Katharine Byrne analyzed mosquitoes from three different tube lines in the London subway.  Byrne’s research revealed that the mosquitoes living in one tube line were genetically different from those living in the other lines.

And, no surprise, the London Underground Mosquito is genetically different from the mosquito that lives above ground in London.

Menno Schilthuizen explains that genetic difference (taken from the online preview of the book):

“Up on London’s streets, the mosquitoes feed on bird, not human, blood. They need a blood meal before they can lay their eggs, they mate in large swarms, and they hibernate.  Down in the tube, the mosquitoes suck commuters’ blood and lay eggs before feeding; they don’t form mating swarms but seek their sexual pleasures in confined spaces, and are active the whole year round.

“Since Byrne’s work, it has become clear that the Underground mosquito is not unique to London.  It lives in cellars, basements and subways all over the world, and has adapted its ways to human-sculpted environment.  Thanks to mosquitoes that get trapped in cars and planes, its genes spread from city to city, but at the same time it also cross-breeds with local above-ground mosquitoes absorbing genes from that source as well.  And it has also become clear that all this has happened very, very recently – probably only since humans began constructing underground buildings, did Culex molestus evolve.”

When you are in the business of ohDEER, all of this is fascinating.

And, you know, ohDEER has actually been out front in discussing and highlighting how wildlife adapt to living alongside humans, and how animals use the human-made … specifically refuse … to make life healthier and more livable.

For example, please click here to be taken to a post published in this space on June 30, 2017 that discusses how finches line their nests with cigarette butts, employing the anti-parasitic properties of nicotine to keep the nests free of a primary foe of ohDEER: ticks. (Yeah, we know, nicotine isn’t so healthy, either – but it’s a tradeoff the finches live with in order to prevent ticks from eating their fur and syphoning their blood.)

ohDEER will continue to follow and remain apprised of animal adaptation and evolution – with a particular focus on deer, mosquitoes, and ticks – in the wilderness, the rural, the suburbs, and the city.

And, no doubt, this curiosity and interest will help us in our continuous quest to better keep residential yards and other properties free of those deer, those mosquitoes, and those tick


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.