Question of the Week
Q. Is there anything that can be done about pesty animals?
A. To keep Birds away from berries, create a wire or metal frame around plants. Over this drape netting with ¾ inch mesh. The size lets in air, water, and sunlight. Secure netting at the bottom so berry predators cannot slip underneath.
One method to deter Rabbits from feeding is to create a 24-inch fence. Since rabbits can burrow underneath fences, you will have to extend the wire mesh at least 6 inches below ground.
Fencing is the only method of keeping Deer from feasting on your property. To totally exclude Deer, install a traditional fence that is no less than 8 feet high.
In some areas, regulations protect ground squirrels, so contact and consult with the Wildlife Damage Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation at 816-759-7305 before using traps or poison. Without restrictions they can be trapped and released in a more appropriate surrounding where they will not do more harm.
Rats and mice can be poisoned or you can purchase a couple of mean cats. Make it a point to keep them away by keeping your yard clear of debris which includes trash piles, leaves, firewood, newspapers, boxes, pipes, logs, old doghouses and tree cutting. Anything that must be stored outside should be kept on platforms 12 to 18 inches off the ground.
Trapping and relocating is the only sure fix for Possums, Raccoons and Gophers.