[NAFEX] Deer

Lee Reich garden at leereich.com
Thu May 3 04:07:42 EDT 2007

Check out a product called Deerchaser on the internet. It uses only a  
6 volt light and a radio set to very low volume coupled with a motion  
detector to scare away deer, protecting an area of about 625 square  
feet. It can protect a larger area by preventing deer from traveling  
along a pathway. (Full disclosure: I am the developer of the product  
which came onto the market this spring after more than ten years of  

Lee Reich, PhD
garden at leereich.com

Books by Lee Reich:
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Weedless Gardening
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A Northeast Gardener's Year

On May 2, 2007, at 10:46 PM, Jenny Ruth Yasi wrote:

>>> This year, I am trying motion detectors. Last year, I used a  
>>> radio and it
>>> worked well until the radio failed and the deers were back after  
>>> a few
>>> days. I am currently shopping for the perfect motion detector.
> Fencing can be quite expensive when you have a large area. <<
> We had a motion detector with lights. Then we even added a radio  
> set to a
> talk show station. That meant we were woken several times a night  
> to outside
> lights and talk radio. The deer weren't even slighly phased. Deer are
> actually very intelligent animals, with interesting personalities,  
> and they
> love to see what they're eating, they love talk radio.  We actually  
> saw a
> deer fight once, clacking horns and everything. They really loved our
> garden! They pulled trees right up by the roots, they destroyed so  
> many
> plants! They'd pull chicken wire off beans and eat the whole patch  
> the hour
> before we planned to harvest. I vaugely remember we rigged  
> something to set
> off a sprinkler, I don't remember how. We had bars of soap on  
> string. We
> yelled out the windows and tried to shoo them away. Once I had to  
> call the
> cops because I had a doe leaning on my living room windows,  
> cornered by a
> buck, and the buck couldn't be chased off and wouldn't let me leave  
> the
> house. The cops came and ran their sirens and banged on pot lids  
> and chased
> them off, but both the buck and the doe came right back.  We were  
> literally
> tripping over deer, because they would climb up on our porch to eat  
> the
> pumpkins and fall asleep there. We had one go into our basement  
> after the
> chicken feed. So finally we fenced in about half an acre(now we've got
> almost an acre and a half fenced in) and then we were able to live  
> like
> normal people. At first we used the black plastic deer fence, and  
> that was
> very affordable, easy to deal with (stapled to trees), but last  
> fall we went
> to the galvanized wire game fence, which was heavier to deal with but
> actually not a whole lot more expensive, and it should last 100  
> years. You
> can get 330 feet of triple galvanized high tensile strength steel  
> fencing
> for less than $500.
> Yasi
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