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Management Detail

Deer

in Blueberries

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Latin name: Many Species

Description:

Deer feed on foliage, twigs, buds, and fruit, which can delay maturity, reduce yield, have a negative impact on growth and, in severe cases, cause death of the young blueberry plant. Deer can be pests year-round during all stages of blueberry plant growth. An integrated approach to control is generally most effective in reducing damage from deer.

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Scouting:

  • Look for feeding damage, tracks and droppings.
  • Deer Feces can be a carrier of oh human pathogens that can contaminate fruit. An excess of droppings in field should be a concern for the safety of fruit consumption.

 
Cultural Controls:

  • Physical barriers, such as fences, offer the best control and should be installed around a new blueberry field prior to, or immediately after, planting if deer are known to be a problem in the area.
  • Many chemical repellants are available but their efficacy is inconsistent.

 

For information about chemical controls, check with our Pesticide Guide.

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