A Guide to Animal Crop Pest Control

A guide to animal crop pest control, including coping with the crop culprits gophers and moles, deer, raccoons and skunks, rabbits and dogs and cats.


| July/August 1988



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Some people claim that planting garlic or onions around a ground hog burrow will send them packing.

ILLUSTRATION: HOWARD CRUISE

This guide to animal crop pest control includes helpful methods of dealing with animals that ruin crops like gophers and moles, deer, raccoons and skunks, rabbits and dogs and cats. 

A Guide to Animal Crop Pest Control

GOPHERS AND MOLES 

Likely targets: Gophers eat the underground portions of garden crops. Their mounds sometimes smother small plants, and their gnawing can girdle and kill young trees. Moles eat insects but no garden crops.

While moles dig extensive tunnels that mar the looks of a manicured lawn or garden and can damage some plants, for the most part these animals are beneficial. Voracious insectivores, they eat their weight each day in cutworms, wireworms, sowbugs, grubs, centipedes, millipedes and Japanese beetle larvae. (True, they do prey on earthworms, as well.)

Gophers also tunnel around just below the surface, but these larger creatures (a gopher may weigh 12 ounces, a mole just three) readily consume crop roots. They also live more communally, with as many as 16 to 20 animals per acre.

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