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Animals and Pests

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Question: 1348-1816
We have been told to wait for the leaves on our trees to mature before spraying against winter moths. Will they come from the woods every year? Cele, Warwick, RI

Mort's Answer:
Unfortunately, they will revisit every year and you will have to apply each year. You should never apply any pesticide when the leaves are just sprouting. You could severely burn them. Oil sprays can be applied for larvae prior to bud swell at 65 degrees. That has to be timed. Chemicals like pyrethrins are effective. It is impossible to spray all the woods and get control of this constant hazard, so you need to brace for an annual event.

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Question: 816-3612
How do I get rid of wood chucks. I have used the Hav A Hart trap but there is one member of the family that I cannot catch. Tina, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
I have had a lot of experience with wood chucks at my new studio. You should camouflage the trap by putting behind it behind a shrub or covering it with brush. I used a graham cracker with peanut butter as bait. Mammals cannot resist peanut butter. Although I have not used FM music, it might entice them. You might also try rap music to drive them away.

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Question: 173-5201
I have some persistent woodchucks. I build some fencing that goes two feet below the ground. The area is terraced and the wood chucks still get in the garden. Any suggestions? Poisons are out of the question. Bev, Richmond, RI

Mort's Answer:
My experience with woodchucks has taught me to out smart them. They have elaborate tunnels, that have drains and other amenities. Terraces are prime targets for these wise animals. I found that the Have-a-heart traps will work, if you have patience and guile. Bait the traps with crackers and peanut butter. If your town allows transportation, you can let the animals out in the woods. Put the trap or traps in different locations at night to seduce them. Constant blocking of the holes will help discourage them but the traps are the best resolution for you.

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Question: 558-2411
How do I get keep woodchucks out of my garden? Norma, New London, CT

Mort's Answer:
You will have to acquire a Hav A Hart trap. Woodchucks are usually family oriented and may have progeny. Bait the trap with graham cracker and peanut butter. They love peanut butter. They also have very long tunnels and feed at night. Chicken wire around the garden will not suffice. They would be easier to spot if they were a burro. The cages have a trip bar that closes after the animal is in the cage. Cages should be placed at entrances to the tunnels. There is always more than one entrance. Check the state laws. You may have to get a licensed pest control company to transport the animal to greener pastures. You could also call the humane society for assistance but I doubt that they would catch them for you.

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Question: 1088-614
How do I get keep woodchucks out of my garden? Norma, New London, CT

Mort's Answer:
You will have to acquire a Hav-A-Hart trap. Woodchucks are usually family oriented and may have progeny. Bait the trap with graham crackers and peanut butter. They love peanut butter. They also have very long tunnels and feed at night. Chicken wire around the garden will not suffice. They would be easier to spot if they were a burro. The cages have a trip bar that closes after the animal is in the cage. Cages should be placed at entrances to the tunnels. There is always more than one entrance. Check the state laws. You may have to get a licensed pest control company to transport the animal to greener pastures. You could also call the humane society for assistance but I doubt that they would catch them for you.

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Question: 1386-4216
We have a woodpecker tapping away on our house. What can we do to get rid off it? Don, Barrington, RI

Mort's Answer:
You can use behavior modification by placing suet away from the house. A metal strip over the hole may be best to discourage the noisy bird. There are repellent sprays that will irritate their eyes but harm them. Just spray the hole and it should move to greener pastures. The suet bait and switch with spray in the hole should be just the trick.

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Question: 429-3410
We are getting little green worms on the Azaleas. How can we get rid of them? Pat, Clinton, CT

Mort's Answer:
Caterpillars will become moths and lay more eggs for next year, You can spray with sevin to kill the caterpillars or worms now. They may be dropping from nearby maples and oaks or other deciduous trees. A professional arborist could resolve the problem with a high pressure spraying on the nearby trees. They will recommend that a second spray in the summer is in order to get the adult moths.

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Question: 793-3012
I have worms that are about an inch long that are eating my petunias. What can I use to kill them? Pete, East Lyme, CT

Mort's Answer:
There are organic compounds like pyrethrin that will deter them. A non-organic spray with malathion will kill them. Follow directions on the packages. You will need to repeat (no pun) in about ten days to get rid of these inch worms.

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Question: 1155-3314
There was a little white worm on the ground under my blueberry plants. They are gone now and the berry plants looks fine. Should I be concerned? Valerie, Ashburnham, MA

Mort's Answer:
They were probably inch worms, which are larvae of moths. A Bordeaux mix or micronized sulphur applied to the soil should prevent their return. If the blueberry plants should no signs of webs or other damage, you can rest easy. Blueberries do best in about 10 inches of aged sawdust mulch. Fresh sawdust will rob the plants of nitrogen. Blueberries are heavy feeders.

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Question: 1292-3515
Last year I had a 100 flowers on my irises. This year there were hardly four. There seem to be worms in the rhizomes. How can I get rid of them? Paul, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
You need to extricate all the roots. First remove all the tops half way down. It will make it easier to work. Wash ball the roots in Clorox. You break the rhizomes by hand. Holes that are hiding worms cam be penetrated with wire. If any roots are mushy, throw them out. Dry the roots on a screen for two days. Dust the new area with rotenone or non organic grubicide and replant the remaining.

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