never been interested in animal husbandry, so it was
with great interest that I recently learned that deer
— which don’t actually qualify as domestic animals,
even though they live in our neighborhoods — mate in
information is courtesy of Bobbex, maker of what it
describes as natural deer repellents. Mating makes deer
more active and aggressive, and a greater threat to
humans, pets, and suburban landscapes, the company says.
to the city won’t help — in some city neighborhoods,
there seem to be more deer than people on some mornings.
it turns out, are smarter than many people give them
credit for. They quickly learn where to find easy
sources of food when the weather gets cold.
deer are given a reason to change their browsing trail,
they will continue to visit your yard," Bobbex’s
Nora Kwochka says.
a fence can be a sure way to keep deer out of your yard,
you probably can’t build one high enough.
can jump eight feet. Many municipalities limit suburban
fence height to five or six feet.
have a better sense of smell than humans do — nearly
as good as a dog’s. Canines have about 300 million
olfactory receptors. Whitetail deer have about 297
million, while humans have only about seven million.
strong sense of smell helps deer find food and detect
the presence of predators in their environment.
I guess what Bobbex is saying is that deer are naturally
smarter than we are — and that you might need to do
some research to get one up on those whitetails.
another subject, alternative heat, I have a gas
fireplace that serves more as a backup for the furnace
(it has done so twice in the last 14 years). Maybe you
have one, too.
you turn your fireplace on and off with a remote device,
be sure to replace the batteries in any optional remote
transmitters and, in some cases, in the receiver, as
well. Even when it is not being used, the power held in
a battery is slowly depleted.
be sure to regularly test your smoke and carbon monoxide