Ohio Deer Facts

  • Ohio has an estimated range of 650,000 – 900,000 white-tailed deer in Ohio. This number has significantly increased over the past century as human population has grows and land is developed.
  • A doe (female deer) will have her first fawn as early as six months of age while adult doe yield 2-3 fawns per litter/year.
  • Deer are the largest herbivore mammals in Ohio.
  • Deer thrive in Ohio because the number of natural predators is low and doesn’t affect their population. Humans are the main predators through hunting and motorist accidents.
  • Deer are edge species, thriving where forests meet fields as edges contain more plants for deer to eat. As humans continue to divide land, deer have thrived in this suitable habitat.
  • A deer’s sense of smell helps select food and communicate with other deer, their nose is over 80x more sensitive than humans.
  • A deer’s digestive system is complex, allowing them to eat different foods with each season. Their digestive structures change based on the availability of food, eating cellulose-heavy browse in winter and other plants and shrubs in warmer months.
  • An adult deer can jump an average of 12 feet high with some jumping up to 15 feet.

Top Plants Deer Love to Eat

Plants & Shrubs:  Arborvitae, Azalea, Dogwood, Euonymus, Hydrangea, Lilac, Red Twigged Dogwood, Rhododendron, Yew

FlowersAster, Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower, Daylily, Geranium, Hosta, Impatiens, Phlox, Roses, Sedum, Sunflowers, Tulips

The list of vulnerable plants continues to grow as their natural habitat continues to shrink. 

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En Garde Deer Defense, LLCExcellentEn Garde Deer Defense, LLC5.0 Based on 286 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onRE HRE H ★★★★★ This was incredible! My yard has never looked so good throughout the summer. No smell too.ThanksResponse from the ownerHi Ruth! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. I'm with you on the no smell thing - that would definitely be a deal breaker for me. We are so glad to hear how nice your yard looks! Sheri ResnikSheri Resnik ★★★★★ UPDATE: Last year all our buds were gone in a week. Also, as you can see by the pic they were eating some of the plants completely (hence the much smaller plants then the others). We have had these buds and flowers for about three weeks with not one eaten!!! We LOVE you En Garde!!We put in a large amount of landscaping last May. I fought the deer and rabbits and lost many times! I tried all the sprays, I did the soap, I yelled, I put up "fences" around the bushes.... bunnies ate the blooms on the bushes and the deer ate a lot of blooms and leaves.I got my first spray done three weeks ago. I have buds and leaves on everything with no sign at all of anything eaten!!!!This product is amazing. The deer don't even come near the house now! They stay further away in the yard.I would HIGHLY recommend this and would give them more stars if I could!Response from the ownerOh! Thank you Sheri! Five stars is plenty. We love that you don't have to yell into your back yard any more😁 and that you have your landscaping back and uneaten. Thank you for trusting us to guard your yard from deer damage and for this review. Jack MogaJack Moga ★★★★★ Very happy with En Garde Deer Defense, I have been dealing with this deer problem for years and I live in Parma Ohio. I have tried every home remedy and no prevail.Thanks for keeping the deer out of my yard and saving hundreds and hundreds of dollars on my plants for which before the deer would eat daily. The office staff nice to deal with very personable and professional.Response from the ownerYou are very welcome! It is our pleasure. Thank you for taking the time to give us this review Mr. Moga! Vickie BreznakVickie Breznak ★★★★★ My husband and I are relatively new customers. We have a terrible problem with deer. Our property is heavily landscaped. We have invested a lot of time and money in our property. While we think the deer are beautiful they are using our property as a salad bar! And that is not an exaggeration! Or friend who knew that we were having difficulty managing the deer population on our property said she read an ad about En Garde Deer Defense. We had been treating our property on our own and while effective it was very temporary and a lot of work. She said that En Garde Deer Defense offered a free trial application. I thought well I'm going to do it because I have nothing to lose. And I will believe it when I see it. We set up our appointment. This was for the free trial. The service provider showed up exactly when they were supposed to explained the service to us, and how it worked. He then serviced our property and we sat back to wait. Absolutely zero deer damage from that day forward. And I do mean zero! The property next door to us was being annihilated an hour property was perfect. We immediately signed up for continuing service and I can't begin to describe how happy I am! They finished up our service in the fall and we set up when we wanted our service to start again this spring. Once again right on time! The deer had already started nibbling and I thought you aren't going to ruin my flowers again. One application and no more deer! They wander around in the yard herds of them! We are on a dead end street and next to nothing but wildlands. They aren't touching anything in my garden. I wasn't sold on this until I saw the results. This product absolutely works! And my property 100% effective! And like I said we are a salad bar for deer! No smell, no staining, no nothing! But the deer know that it's there and this works! I am so happy that we found En Garde Deer Defense! One last thing for us to worry about. We aren't hurting the environment or the deer. And we can just sit back and relax and enjoy our beautiful property! Thank you En Garde!Response from the ownerHi Vickie! Thank you so much for this great review! You touch on many of the concerns of those who've heard of us but are reluctant to try our service. We're so happy to read about your success in your yard and that it is no longer a deer salad bar Thank you for trusting us to guard your yard from deer damage. We appreciate you! Joan AerniJoan Aerni ★★★★★ Looking forward to keeping the 🦌 out of my gardens this summer!!!Awesome service and company!Response from the ownerSo are we! Enjoy your flowers and plants! Thank you for this review. carmen lawrencecarmen lawrence ★★★★★ Response from the ownerHi Carmen! We sure do appreciate all the stars and are so glad to know that you are happy with our service. Thank you! Marlette LouisinMarlette Louisin ★★★★★ We are very happy with the results we’ve had with the En Garde system. So nice to see our hostas thriving this year instead of being the salad bar for the deer that they were last year. So glad I called them. An extra plus, the fellows who’ve come are so very nice and willing to answer questions!Response from the ownerWe are so glad you called, as well, Mrs. Louisin! And we totally agree with you - our spray techs are the best! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our service and product. Alan BallingerAlan Ballinger ★★★★★ Great company! Very good at communicating. Product works!Response from the ownerHi Alan! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We aim to please! Cynthia RicklyCynthia Rickly ★★★★☆ Response from the ownerHi Cynthia! We're so glad you're back! We appreciate you and returning customers like you for taking the time to give us a review! Thank you for spreading the word! Julie ReaJulie Rea ★★★★★ We have not seen deer, deer damage or fresh deer droppings in our yard since the very first treatment. We are thrilled to be able to enjoy playing in our yard with our grandchild without dodging deer droppings. Thank you!Response from the ownerThat's great to hear, Julie! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. Have so much fun playing! Emilie IllsonEmilie Illson ★★★★★ I’ve been truly delighted with the service from En Garde Deer Defense. My garden never looked better last year, and I was no longer a slave to constantly worrying about deer damage. Even throughout the winter, no harm came to my plants, and I was saved the expense of replacing decimated bushes this spring.The company provides excellent customer service and communication, but most importantly, the product works!I could not recommend En Garde more highly.Response from the ownerHi Emilie! Thank you so much for this great review! We appreciate your kind words and recommendation. And thank you for posting those photos. You have a lovely yard! Enjoy that garden again this year! Sherrie DennisonSherrie Dennison ★★★★★ We hired En Garde last fall and it is probably one of the best decisions we made. The deer have been relentless eating our shrubs....even Boxwood shrubs. We are elated with the result of En Garde's products. Most of all I am over-the-top all my perennial are in full blown and not one has been touched by deer. I would highly recommend En Garde. AWESOME!!!!!Response from the ownerThank you for taking the time to write us a review and to spread the word, Sherrie! We are so glad to hear that you are so happy with our service! Enjoy those flowers! Noreen WeberNoreen Weber ★★★★★ Response from the ownerHi Noreen! Thank you for all of the stars! We're glad to know that you like our service! Sue UrbanSue Urban ★★★★★ Excellent product and service. It WORKS AMAZING! We have a 2400 square foot flower meadow and the deer Do not touch it!!Response from the ownerI bet that flower meadow is beautiful! Thank you for trusting us to guard it from deer damage. And thank you for all the stars and this review! Lisa DavisLisa Davis ★★★★★ I am sold!! This is the only product that works for me. It doesn't stink, and I don't have to apply it.Response from the ownerThat's part of the magic - we come to spray on a regular basis so you don't have to think about when was the last time you sprayed. We're so glad our service is working for you, Lisa! Thank you for leaving us a review! Karen GrahamKaren Graham ★★★★★ Excellent service and product!Response from the ownerThank you, Mrs. Graham! We think so, too! We're glad to hear it from you. George McManusGeorge McManus ★★★★★ The service technicians are very knowledgeable and highly qualified.Response from the ownerYou are correct, Mr. McManus! They've been mentored by experienced technicians, they've been trained in the field, and they are licensed by the state. They are also proficient in the use of the technology we use to make sure your service is delivered on a timely and regular basis. Our technicians are the best! Thank you for sharing! Mark ChincharMark Chinchar ★★★★★ The professional applicator took great care in spraying the yard. And, with my ring doorbell I watched him get behind a large flower pot and spray it from behind so as not to get the spray on my windows.ThanksResponse from the ownerOur spray techs are the best! Gotta love those ring doorbells for the physical proof, though. Thank you for sharing, Mr. Chinchar. And thank you for taking the time to give us a review. Amy McCartneyAmy McCartney ★★★★★ I love En Guard!!! The deer were do prolific in our yard that they were starting to not only destroy my annuals and perennials…. But my shrubs as well!!! And replacing shrubs is very expensive!!!En Guard really made a huge difference!!! My shrubs have recovered and I can even enjoy flowers again.I would highly recommend!!!Response from the ownerThank you so much for your recommendation, Amy! We appreciate you spreading the word. And we love to hear how happy you are with the results of our service. Thank you for trusting us to guard your yard from deer damage. Joanne KimJoanne Kim ★★★★★ Great service. Keeps the deer off all my plants and bushes.Response from the ownerIsn't it great when a product and service does what it says it's going to do? We're so glad to hear that it's working like it should for you. Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! T MillingT Milling ★★★★★ This service is awesome! Prior to these treatments, Deers were destroying my flower beds. Now, the shrubbery is growing and blooming to the beauty as before. Thank you En Garde for helping protect my plants and shrubs.Response from the ownerYou are welcome! We're glad to hear that your landscaping has been restored. Thank you for this review! Sharon SpoonerSharon Spooner ★★★★★ Response from the ownerHi Sharon! Thank you for all of the stars and for taking the time to give us a review. We love to know that you are happy with our service. Happy Holidays to you! Beth DeGaetanoBeth DeGaetano ★★★★★ Have had the service for about 2 years. Have seen little to no damage to my bushes and flowers.Response from the ownerHi Beth! Thank you for trusting us to guard your yard from deer damage these past two years. We appreciate you! Kelly RileyKelly Riley ★★★★★ They have serviced our Retirement Community and have kept the deer from eating the flower and plants while they still reside in our woods on our campus.Response from the ownerSo, you have the best of both worlds! You get to enjoy looking at the beautiful deer and your beautiful plants and flowers. Win-Win! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! joe schmojoe schmo ★★★★★ We started this late spring/summer using Jeff & En Garde Deer Defense. The trial is a wonderful thing to do. Our experience has not been without a few bumps in trying to keep the deer away. A doe delivered her baby in our yard... which makes keeping them away, much harder. My damage has been FAR FAR LESS than in previous years, when I was the one trying to keep them away. My yard is large with many flowers, shrubs & ornamental trees. I have never worked with someone so willing to work with us solving this problem. Jeff is kind, professional & explains things - (about deer & their habits, what goes into the spray.) I can HIGHLY recommend Jeff & using this product. You will enjoy your yard so much more & feel comfortable dealing with Jeff.Response from the ownerHi Nancy, or should I write Joe Schmo. Funny! We'll keep working to get over those bumps and to keep the deer from eating your landscaping. Thank you for your patience and willingness to try our new strategies. And thank you for taking the time to write this review! Evanthia PallamEvanthia Pallam ★★★★★ Had the free trial 2 days ago. This morning 2 deer were at a neighbor’s home but they did not enter my yard! Excited to enjoy my flowers this summer!Response from the ownerHi Evanthia, thank you for this review. Summer has ended and the growing season along with it. We hope you not only enjoyed all your flowers, but were able to see even more growth than usual. Thank you for trusting us to guard your yard from deer damage. We'll be sure to get a hold of you in March when we start gearing up for the 2024 Season. Roger MookRoger Mook ★★★★★ I was a believer when the deer spit out the flowers she had just bit off. Every day from the free trial. The deer would avoid the yard more and more each day. Even the fawns avoid the yard now. Like they've been told by their mom.Response from the ownerIt's pretty amazing that you got to see the deer spitting out the flowers. We are so glad to hear that the deer are avoiding your yard. They are grazers, so they may still stop by on occasion just to see if your yard still doesn't smell or taste good. But when they are reminded that they don't like your landscaping they'll move along. Thank you for this review, Roger! Kim DiCapuaKim DiCapua ★★★★★ EnGarde Deer Defense is an amazing product and service!!! This product works, allowing us to thoroughly enjoy our investment in our landscaping. We’ve had plants flower that we never knew would flower because they’ve previously been devoured by deer. If you have deer moving through your yard this product is a must!Response from the ownerThank you for this enthusiastic endorsement of our product and service. That is just about exactly what happened to us when we first used the spray when we first started the business. We knew we had daylilies, we just didn't know they were yellow because we never got the chance to see them. We're happy to hear that you are getting to see your flowers. Bruce FisherBruce Fisher ★★★★★ Nice young manResponse from the ownerWe agree! Your spray tech, Steve, is not only nice - like all of our spray techs - he's professional, courteous, knowledgeable...we could go on. We have a great crew at EnGarde! Thank you for sharing! Tangela ScottTangela Scott ★★★★★ My entire experience from the phone inquiry to the actual service was impeccable. The process was explained to me and everyone on the the team I interacted with was friendly and efficient. I wish I had know about this service when I first noticed the thinning of my arborvitae's!Response from the ownerWe couldn't agree more, Tangela! We have a great team! Thank you for the super nice review. Joanne OttoJoanne Otto ★★★★★ I have been using En Garde Deer Defense LLC for the last 2 years and it works great!Response from the ownerThank you for being a loyal customer, Joanne! Your plants look beautiful - full and healthy. Thank you for sending us the photos. And thank you for spreading the word. Betty MooreBetty Moore ★★★★★ The applications do work. For the first time I actually have my tall phylox blooming before the deer nibble them off. My deer spray only lasts about a week, this works 3 to 4 weeks. Such peace of mind. Thank you!!Response from the ownerWe agree. We think that peace of mind is the best benefit of our service. You can just sit back and enjoy your flowers while we take care of the details - the spraying schedule, the correct formula, watching the weather, keeping track of deer paths and damage. Thank you for trusting us to do all that for you, Mrs. Moore! And thank you for your review! Mary Anne BaumgartnerMary Anne Baumgartner ★★★★★ Fantastic, the deer defense treatment is working. Our roses are blooming, and the monarch butterflies are plentiful. We are so pleased. And the treatment is environmentally friendly. Thank you!Response from the ownerYou are welcome Mrs, Baumgartner! We love to hear that our service and spray are working for you, as well as the possible side benefits. Thank you for writing us a review! Ileen DIleen D ★★★★★ Got my first treatment free trial. Theowner came out. Very accommodating and worked with me to get program that would fit my budget. Office also very accommodating setting up appointment. Now all I have to do is wait and see if it works! Will repost with results at end of season.Its now the end of August and I am extremely pleased with the service. I will definitely get it again next year. I finally have been able to stop worrying that I will wake up in the morning and find my garden destroyed. As an avid gardener with LOTS of plants and flowers it has really given me piece of mind.Response from the ownerHi Ilene! Thank you for trusting us to guard your yard this season. We are looking forward to seeing your end of season repost! In the meanwhile, enjoy all of your beautiful landscaping.Thank you for the end of the season review, Ileen! There is nothing better than peace of mind. We are so glad to be able to be a part of yours! We will be looking forward to serving you again in the Spring after this summer season ends. Kathy BedaKathy Beda ★★★★★ This is our second year with En Garde Deer Defense. Our bushes, trees and hosta plants never looked so good. The deer are deterred from eating them and walk on by. The other day I was outside when Jeff came by to spray and there was hardly any aroma to the spray, it was fresh and a bit minty. I was able to keep working on my flower beds. Very happy with the results and I would highly recommend this treatment.Response from the ownerHi Mrs. Beda! Thank you for trusting us to guard your yard from deer damage for the past two years. Typically our spray is odorless, but sometimes as an extra added measure we include an essential oil to the spray. It is harmless to the plants, but helps to deter those deer. We're happy to hear it didn't deter you as well!😊 charlene szallercharlene szaller ★★★★★ Response from the ownerHi Mrs. Szaller! Thank you for all of the stars! We appreciate you! Cody KormanCody Korman ★☆☆☆☆ Got ran off the road by one of their drivers today on the highway. Driver cut up the lane that wasn't exiting then cut over at the last second 77n to 480eHe merged next to me forcing me to slam on my brakes to avoid the accident he would have causedResponse from the ownerHi Mr. Korman, Thank you for letting us know. We apologize for adding to the stress of your morning commute. That is a congested and sometimes tough to navigate interchange, for sure. If you have to go that way everyday we imagine it can be frustrating. It sounds like you had good reaction time and helped to avert an accident. Thank you. We are confident that our drivers are safe and courteous on the roads. We are quite sure this was a one off and could have happened to anyone - it likely happens there often. Wouldn't it be nice if all vehicles had phone numbers? We appreciate you letting us know of this incident. We have spoken to our drivers. We hope you have a less stressful and better rest of your day. Kathleen HauckKathleen Hauck ★★★★★ My yard has never been this beautiful! It works! You can't smell the product even right after its been applied. There is no disruption to your life on the day they spray as they just show up, do they job, and leave. And again, most importantly, it works!!Response from the ownerThank you for this review Mrs. Hauck! Those are some really good points to consider when hiring a service company. We're glad you mentioned them and we're glad we check all the boxes. But mostly we're glad that you can enjoy your beautiful yard! Mark LarsenMark Larsen ★★★★★ The service protects our plant investments from the incursion of predators.Response from the ownerThank you for the review, Mark. We enjoy working with you and we are happy that you found the product and service to be effective at keep the deer from damaging your landscaping. Marilyn KieferMarilyn Kiefer ★★★★★ This service has been wonderful. The deer have not touched our plants. We got the free trial and it worked so well that we signed up for the service. Our technician is so nice too. It was a pleasure meeting him and having him in our yard. I have been recommending En Garde to neighbors and friends.Response from the ownerThank you for trusting us to guard your yard form deer damage, Mrs. Kiefer! And thank you for spreading the word. We appreciate you! Brian GrazianoBrian Graziano ★★★★★ I’m seeing plants and flowers in my yard that haven’t grown fully for over 19 years! Thank you!!Response from the ownerHi Brian! Reading this review makes us smile! We're so glad you get to enjoy your landscaping after so long. Thank you for taking the time to share! Carolyn BullerCarolyn Buller ★★★★★ This company provides an effective deterant against deer feeding on your plants. I have been pleased with the service as well as the product.Response from the ownerAnd we are so pleased that you are pleased. Thank you Mrs. Buller! Gary ZychowskiGary Zychowski ★★★★★ I've been battling the deer invading our property and using our shrub beds as their personal salad bar for years. Using deer detent sprays and other tactics only worked as long as I could actively and diligently stay on top of it. Miss once, everything was gone. Lots of plants we had never seen grow past ankle height. Or experience their flowers... ever.That's all changed now. We'll let En Garde Deer Defense fight for us. The war isn't over, but the battles are being won. Thanks En Garde!Response from the ownerThis is a great review! So true about the war and the battles! Deer are wild animals and can be an unpredictable foe. But part of the magic of our service is our regular three to four week cycle of spraying. With that and our taste and smell based product we will definitely give your troops a rest and take over the fighting for you. Thank you for trusting us to guard your yard from deer damage. And thank you for spreading the word with this review! Jamie PillaJamie Pilla ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for all the stars Mr. Pilla! We're happy to see that you are happy with our service. Pam SchwarzPam Schwarz ★★★★★ Another great season and beautiful blooms for my front yard thanks to En Garde Deer Defense. Customer for life!Response from the ownerThank you, Pam, for this review and your kind words. We agree - our office staff and sprayer techs are the best! We're happy to hear that you can enjoy seeing your front yard in bloom again. Rick & Debbie HRick & Debbie H ★★★★★ Until En Garde started spraying our yard, we were inundated with deer lounging and eating their way through our yard. Since we have had the service, we now have our hostas, day lilies and all our shrubs thriving and we no longer have deer in the yard. They are still in the neighborhood, but they simply by-pass our yard. Great customer service, also!Response from the ownerThank you for sharing your great experience with our spraying service! We love to hear that you can now enjoy your landscaping. Those deer may still come through your yard from time to time, as they are grazers and might want to taste test to find out whether or not your landscaping still smells and tastes bad. But a nibble here or a nibble there is doable compared to their usual devastation. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! Michael PlocicaMichael Plocica ★★★★★ Best way to keep your plants and yard safe from Deer damage!Jeff and guys always friendly!Response from the ownerThank you for taking the time to write us a review, Michael! We appreciate the good word. Rose IannaggiRose Iannaggi ★★★★★ This is our first year witb En Garde and our yard has never looked better. For the first time in years, every thing is full and green with flowers we didn’t k ow we had. In prior years, we sprayed ourselves every year and we were diligent about it. However the deer still ate everything. Now, since we started using en garde defense, our yard looks great.Also the En Garde crew is very reliable and honest. I lost a David Yurman bracelet and one of their workers found it around one of our bushes and returned it!If your deer are eating everything you should really give these guys a try. What do you have to lose? But everything to gain!!Response from the ownerThank you for writing us a review, Mrs. Iannaggi! Your yard definitely looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing the photos. We are so happy to hear how happy you are with our service. And yes, we sure do have the best spray techs, we agree. Tom ZinnTom Zinn ★★★★★ Amazing. Deer have been a problem for years. Not anymore. Great customer service. Highly recommend.Response from the ownerThank you, Mr. Zinn! We appreciate the recommendation. Mark MillerMark Miller ★★★★★ Response from the ownerHi Mark! 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