Extension office to hold wildlife nusiance program

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 14, 2012

Local residents who are seeking ways to rid their yards of pesky rodents, may be interested in an upcoming workshop offered at the extension office.

“We have had a lot of phone calls from people in the community regarding how to control squirrels, voles, rats, armadillos and moles,” said Chuck Simon, Covington County Extension coordinator. “This is mostly the smaller animals and deer that might get into the garden.”

Simon said they have invited Dr. Jim Armstrong, an extension wildlife scientist, to offer solutions to residents.

“We are going to have a table set up with various types and examples of traps that can be used,” Simon said. “ Some causes of animals around your home or on your property are if you have a garden or they could be in search of food or shelter.  People may feed their animals outside and they don’t eat all of their food so the wildlife will come in searching for the leftovers.  They will often dig in garbage cans and hobos.”

Specific topics will include armadillos, squirrels, beavers, coyotes and deer.

The managing nuisance wildlife workshop will be held Thurs., Sept. 20, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Extension Office auditorium.

Deadline to sign up is Sept. 17. Call 222-1125 for more info.