For the second holiday season in a row, county-owned evergreen trees have been sprayed to keep deer and tree poachers away, and prevent damage or theft of the trees.
The trees, along College Parkway, Dorsey Road, Ritchie Highway, and the B&A Trail, have been treated with a noxious deer repellent that wards off tree-eating deer and makes trees undesirable for plant pilferers.
County officials have placed warning signs strategically along the planting corridors to alert potential thieves. The chemicals sprayed on the tree emit a strong, unpleasant odor, similar in smell toburning rubber.
When the trees are brought into a warm environment, such as a house, the fumes intensify to create an immediate repugnant odor, as well as a lingering noxious smell that seeps into carpeting, drapes, upholstered furniture and clothing.
For details on the spraying contact the Conty Beautification Office.