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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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
> 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
> 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
> tripping over deer, because they would climb up on our porch to eat
> 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
> 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
> for less than $500.
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