12 Tips for Stopping Deer & Other Winter Pests from Entering Your Bergen County, NJ or Rockland County, NY Property

October 9, 2019 |

Did you know that deer and other winter pests can be stopped with some easy tips and tricks? Your Rockland County, NY or Bergen County, NJ property doesn’t have to be a buffet for deer, rabbits, and mice.

Since ticks hitch rides on deer, small animals, and birds, you need to know how to keep them off your Rockland County yard too. Remember, ticks are hardy—they’re still active well into late fall and early winter.

Finally, your trees and shrubs need protection since insects deposit their eggs onto vulnerable woody ornamentals.

4 Types of Pests Pose a Danger to Your Bergen County or Rockland County Lawn and Landscape

As the temperatures drop down into the 30’s and 40’s, deer and other pests move into your landscape. Deer are the most significant pests since they’ll eat anything—even “deer-resistant” plants when there is no other food available to them.

Here are four pests that could harm your family and pets or that will ruin your lawn and landscape:

  1. Deer – Not only will deer eat your hostas and mock orange, but also the bucks will rub off the velvet from their antlers using your trees. And who wants a buck in their front yard during mating season?

Does will hunt for nutrient-dense plants to feed their fawns in the spring. Plus, if you have a strawberry bed or peach trees, you’ll have deer living near your garden all year long.

  1. Small mammals – While deer cause the most damage to your NY lawn and landscape, voles, mice, rabbits, moles, and other little critters pose a problem too.

Rabbits, mice, moles, and voles will dig tunnels in your lawn to get a straight shot to your trees and nibble on bark causing damage to your woody plants. These critters will eat lawn grass and any fall bulbs you plant too.

Learn more: Why Your NY or NJ Lawn Needs Gypsum This Fall.

  1. Ticks – Did you know that ticks stay alive throughout the winter? They’ll go dormant during the coldest months. However, they’re active in the fall trying to find hosts—dogs, cats, and humans—for food.
  1. Insects – Aphids, lace bugs, white flies, scale, and some caterpillars will lay eggs or make their winter home in your shrubs and trees. If you don’t protect these vulnerable plants, they won’t be healthy when insect eggs are hatched in the spring.

How to Stop Deer, Ticks, Small Animals and Insects from Invading Your NY Property

Fortunately, you can protect your property from these four pests. It’s always best to hire a professional, such as your landscape contractor, to put up protection keeping these critters from invading your Rockland County backyard.

Here are 12 tips for protecting your property from mammals and insects destroying it over the winter:

  1. Clean up all leaves from your lawn: Small mammals like to tunnel underneath leaves to get from one spot on your NJ lawn to the next. Plus, ticks will burrow into wet leaves—because it’s moist and dark.
  2. Keep mowing your lawn until the ground freezes: Keeping your lawn cut opens it up for predators to see mice, voles, and rabbits. Plus, it discourages deer because they can’t munch on your turfgrass.

Learn more: Why Your Bergen or Rockland County Lawn Needs Core Aeration and Overseeding.

  1. Move woodpiles away from your home and clean up overgrown areas: Ticks and mice love places to hide. Ticks love dark and moisture, so your woodpile makes the perfect home.

Mice, voles and other small mammals can make nests in stone walls and other small spaces to live throughout the winter.

  1. Switch up your landscape plants: There really isn’t a plant that’s safe from deer when there’s no other food around. However, you can detract deer with the following:
  • Boxwoods
  • Ginkgo (Male ginkgo doesn’t produce any fruit)
  • Herbs such as lavender, basil, oregano, etc.
  • Japanese plum yew
  • Monkshood
  • Pine
  • Spruce

Deer love hostas and most fruit trees, among other landscape plants. Move these plants closer to your home while planting the above list in areas further out.

  1. Hire a landscaper to spray the perimeter of your property: Your landscaper can spray around the edges of your property to stop ticks from entering your yard.
  2. Invest in an 8’ fence or an invisible fence: If your property has woodland, you need a fence. Deer jump over 6’ high, so an 8’ double fence discourages them from jumping into your yard.
  1. Cover your trees and shrubs: You can cover tree bark or an entire shrub with translucent netting. This keeps deer and other critters from raiding your woody ornamentals.
  2. Hire your landscape maintenance company to spray your ornamental trees and shrubs with horticultural oil: Your landscape tech can spray your shrubs and trees with horticultural oil that suffocates any eggs or insects living in the bark.
  3. Add levels to your lawn and landscape: Deer don’t like uneven spaces, so you can renovate your lawn and landscape to include leveling. Not only does it discourage deer, but it also adds dimension and interest to your Bergen County property.
  1. Harvest your fruit and vegetable gardens as soon as possible: If you have fruit trees, raspberries, and other produce, make sure you harvest your fruits and veggies right away. Otherwise, deer will have a feast.
  2. Let your dog outside more often—especially at dawn and dusk when deer are looking for food: Let Fido outside to scare away deer, rabbits and other animals making a nuisance on your Rockland County yard.
  3. Stop birdseed from falling to the ground: It’s a joy to watch birds in the winter—there’s so much variety. However, bird food also feeds rabbits, squirrels, and mice.

You don’t have to give up birdwatching if you

  • Put less seed in your feeders.
  • Attach your feeder to a pole or wooden post, so it doesn’t swing and spill seed.
  • Buy only quality birdseed. Cheap birdfeed is filled with red millet and oats that birds hate and will spill from your birdfeeders.

You Need Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape to Stop Deer and Other Critters from Overwintering in your Rockland County or Bergen County Yard

Winter is coming. And Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape will provide you with these services to keep deer and other critters from destroying your property this winter:

  • Lawn and landscape fall clean up.
  • Lawn mowing until the grass stops growing.
  • Landscape and flowerbed renovation by planting “deer-resistant” shrubs, trees, and perennials. We’ll also move your deer-loving landscape plants closer to your home.
  • In the fall, we’ll spray your ornamental woody plants with horticultural spray to prevent bugs from going into the bark. Our horticultural spray also suffocates insects and insect eggs already living in your woody plants.
  • Property perimeter spray to keep ticks off your lawn and away from your home.
  • We can build a double fence or install an invisible fence around your NY property. When we install a fence, we make sure that it reaches the ground, so deer can’t find a way to crawl through the bottom.
  • Add seasonal deer repellant to your services. Using scent and taste, properly applied deer repellant offers the best seasonal perimeter or area protection against deer.

If you need horticultural spray, fence installation, perimeter property spray or any other service mentioned above, call us today at (845) 708-2988 for Rockland County properties and (201) 788-7191 for Bergen County properties.

You can also fill out our contact form, and someone from our office will respond to you shortly.


Havahart.com, “17 Solutions to Keep Deer Off Your Property.”

NYBG.org, “Deer-Resistant Plants: Home.”

SFGate.com, “How to Stop Birdseed from Falling to the Ground Under Feeders.”