Critter Control specializes in preventing deer damage, deer problems, deer in the garden, deer in the yard and how to get rid of deer. Call the experts when you notice a deer problem.

Identify a Deer


Black-tailed deer often make an appearance in the spring and fall in the Bay area. The black-tailed deer gets its name from the black tail it features. Black-tailed bucks; total length, 58 inches; 36 inches high at the shoulder; 6 1/2-inch tail; 8-inch ears; and 2-inch metatarsal gland. Doe: total length; 54 inches; 36 inches high at the shoulder; 6 1/2-inch tail; 7 3/4-inch ear; and 2-inch metatarsal gland. The color of the coat changes with the season, from a generally reddish-brown in summer to grayish in winter.


Black-tailed deer are particularly common on the edges of forests where there is adequate shelter and ample meadowland. They are often spotted grazing in mountain meadows at dawn and dusk. Black-tailed deer feed on different types of grasses, lichens, plants, and sometimes berries.

Deer Problems

How to Identify a Deer Problem

A deer is not hard to miss because of its size and unmistakable hoof print. The hoof print resembles an upside down or backwards heart. Deer generally move in the early morning hours just before and after sunrise, and before and after sunset. If you suspect deer problems or deer damage, look for hoof prints, pebble-like deer droppings, and green plants that have been chewed on (especially corn).

Deer often take cover in the woods and will bed down for the night in a swampy area. They will travel the same trails in a general area, but will not bed down in the exact same spot each night. If they suspect danger, they will move to a new location, especially if a doe has fawns. Look for trails that are well used, a dry area near a water source where the deer may bed down and trees with bark rubbed off, a few feet from the ground. Bucks will often rub their antlers on trees.

These are the common signs to look for when trying to determine whether you have a deer problem. The next step is to get rid of deer in order to resolve the problem.

Why You Find Deer in Your Yard or Garden

You will most likely find deer in yards and gardens because they are looking for food. Unlike other animals, deer do not store up food for the winter. They graze throughout the day and will become more active before and after a large storm. Deer problems are normally contained to damage made in the garden and the yard. These are the common reasons people want to get rid of deer, especially when they damage a garden.

What Damage and Hazards are Caused by Deer

Deer damage is normally contained within a garden area, and you may not notice any damage to fencing protecting the garden, since deer can jump over a 10 to 12 foot fence when they are running. It is uncommon for a deer to jump a fence that high without trying to escape danger, but it is possible. If a group of deer are in the yard or garden, then there will be an increase of deer droppings.

On rare occasions, deer will jump through a window because they become afraid of their reflection. Deer often run out in the middle of a road during the night or when they are spooked. If this becomes a problem in a specific area, a Bay Area Critter Control deer removal and deer damage specialist will know what measures to take and the proper Bay Area officials to contact if necessary. Problems with deer in gardens and flower gardens can be very annoying!

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How to Get Rid of Deer

Call your local Bay Area Critter Control deer removal and deer damage specialist to confirm you are experiencing deer problems. They can provide expert advice on how to effectively get rid of deer. In most locations around the Bay Area, there is a specific season for deer hunting and it is illegal to hunt them out of season. In some situations you can obtain a special permit if they are a nuisance. A Bay Area Critter Control deer removal specialist will know the proper procedures in removing a deer and whether a situation calls for additional licensing for deer removal.

How to Prevent a Deer Problem

There are measures you can take to prevent deer problems and to get rid of deer, such as building a fence around your garden. It is best though to contact your local Bay Area Critter Control deer removal, and deer damage specialist for specific ideas on preventing deer damage and deer problems.

We can help you get rid of deer problems.  Call today: (925) 380-2400 or (925) 363-9336

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