Common Deer Diseases

White-tail deer are found throughout the United States and can be challenging to homeowners for a number of reasons. The most common are their grazing habits and propensity to cross busy roads, causing traffic accidents throughout the year. Although fairly rare, deer diseases that affect humans are also problematic.

Problems Associated with Deer Diseases

Most diseases deer contract are only harmful to the animals themselves. These include hemorrhagic disease and chronic wasting disease. While detrimental to deer populations, they don’t spread to humans. However, deer also carry parasites such as nemotodes, lungworms, and ticks. The first two pose no direct threat to people or pets, but ticks can transmit a long list of illnesses to humans, including Lyme disease. Symptoms start out similar to the flu but can result in death without treatment.

Prevention and Control

Keeping deer out of the yard tends to be the most effective way to avoid contracting any dangerous diseases or picking up parasites. Fencing can be effective at times, but deer are agile pests that easily leap over boundaries set in place by homeowners. Avoid deer diseases by contacting the trained professionals at Trutech for effective pest prevention strategies.