Animals

A variety of animals can frequent home gardens. Some animals, such as songbirds, are welcome additions but others may cause damage. Often times damage may be difficult to attribute to a particular animal unless it is seen causing the damage but other damage may be very characteristic of specific animals. Control of problem animals is often difficult and may require trapping or fencing to effectively exclude the animals from the area where they can cause damage. See information on specific animals for typical damage and some recommended control measures.

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Many animals, like this frog, provide natural pest control
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Baby opossum that found its way into a shed
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Baby opossum in a tree
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Turtle
 
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Frog in a fountain
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Pocket gopher mound
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Torn up turf or lawns can be caused by animals (skunks, raccoons, squirrels, etc.) foraging for insects, such as, grubs.
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Northern spring peeper hidden in a daylily flower (Hemerocallis)
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Barn swallows are insectivores. Their favorite prey is large flies, but aphids also comprise a large part of their diet.
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Goats used for weed & brush control