Content tagged "human-wildlife relations"

How much can a jackrabbit eat in a day?

Wildlife Damage Management Updated: October 03, 2014

Hares consume 1/2 to 1 pound (1.1 to 2.2 kg) of green vegetation each day. Significant damage occurs when hare concentrations are attracted to orchards,...

How do I get turkeys to stop roosting in the trees?

Gardens & Landscapes Wildlife Damage Management Updated: September 24, 2013

Unfortunately, there are not a lot of options for control of wild turkeys.Wild Turkey Control

How can I keep rabbits from eating my plants?

Gardens & Landscapes Wildlife Damage Management Updated: September 24, 2013

Some repellents are more effective than others. BGR (Big Game Repellent), also known as Deer-Away, is one that works for true herbivores like rabbits, but it...

How do I stop crows from feeding in my nut trees?

Gardens & Landscapes Wildlife Damage Management Updated: September 24, 2013

You describe a major problem in the pecan industry—predation by birds. A major legal concern for management efforts is the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act...

Is there a humane way to discourage pocket gophers from setting up residence in a yard and garden area? I do not want to use traps or poison.

Gardens & Landscapes Wildlife Damage Management Updated: September 19, 2013

Repellents, noise/vibration makers, and most other commercial products have not been proven to be effective. Pocket gophers do not hibernate and can continue...

Squirrels are digging up newly planted crocus, hyacinth, and tulip bulbs. How can I prevent this?

Gardens & Landscapes Wildlife Damage Management Updated: September 19, 2013

Some gardeners have placed wire baskets over a small planting of crocus corms and tulip and hyacinth bulbs, while others have covered larger areas with...

How do I control red squirrels?

Wildlife Damage Management Updated: April 24, 2012

Controlling Red Squirrels. What not to do!! Don’t bother with those silly ultrasonic devices. There is no scientific evidence that they work in the real...

I live in Texas, in a neighborhood with lots of deer. What can I plant that the deer won't eat?

Updated: March 08, 2012

Listed below are several species deer do not prefer. Remember... "deer resistant" does not equal "deer proof." Perennials Annuals: Blanketflower, Indian...

Do poisoned peanuts, windmills, etc. sold to kill or repel moles really work?

Killing moles with poisoned peanuts or repelling them with windmills or certain chemical products are among the least effective means of controlling moles....

Will placing a backyard birdbath in the shade versus in the sun make a difference in how quickly bacteria grow?

Only a controlled lab study could establish the types of bacteria growing in a birdbath and the rate with which they increase/decrease depending on the...

What is making all the nicely drilled holes on my wax myrtle trunks, and is it going to kill my trees?

No, the damage is being done by a yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius),  related to the woodpecker. This federally protected bird searches shrubs...

We have too many destructive chipmunks around! What can we do? They get in the garage, they chew on the landscape edging and they have chewed into electrical cords.

First, do you have a bird feeder? Typically, chipmunk populations explode due to the availability of non-natural food sources, such as a bird feeder that...

What would cause lines of holes—about the diameter of a lead pencil—throughout the trunk of a 10-year-old white pine tree?

The yellow-bellied sapsucker bird (Sphyrapicus varius) can cause damage to many species of trees by drilling one-quarter-inch holes through the bark of tree...

How can I protect my apple trees from vole feeding damage?

The best method for the control of voles is to use 1/4-inch hardware cloth or plastic cylinders to protect individual trees and shrubs by wrapping the base...

I am looking for ground cover plants to conceal bird droppings under a bird feeder. Can you help?

There aren't many plants where bird droppings will drop completely through the leaves and flowers so that there is no sign of it. There are many, however,...

How can I eradicate the carpenter bees nesting under the eaves boards of my house? The woodpeckers are tearing up the boards to get to the bees.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: May 16, 2008

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