Look regularly in and around groves.
You may see these vertebrate pests:
Look for vertebrate pests and their
problem spots on a map of the grove, or in the grove
using colored flagging, spray paint, or a hand-held GPS (global
Prevent problems and assess management options
Keep out vertebrates,
especially when trees are young.
- Keep weeds
away from trunks to reduce shelter for pests; weed
control makes it easier to spot pest signs (such as burrow
- Install heavy wraps
or tree guards to keep meadow mice
and rabbits from bark gnawing; certain guards also
protect trunks from sunburn.
- Regularly inspect
beneath tree wraps for pest damage.
- Use fencing to exclude coyotes,
dogs, and rabbits, and
reduce fruit theft; a tall, well-maintained
fence encircling trees is the only completely effective
deer control. A cylinder
mesh wire protects
trees from rabbits.
- Remove trash and debris,
such as woodpiles near groves, which provide vertebrates shelter
and can hide their signs, such as burrow openings.
Take steps to protect the environment
and endangered species. Learn the restrictions on using materials
and trapping by contacting the county agricultural commissioner
and wildlife management officials.
Take direct control action if warranted, manage using appropriate