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Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, April 18, 2013 Gardem Critters Add Interest To Landscapes by Bonnie Coblentz MSU Ag Communications TRAPS LARGE FERAL BOAR HOG m Prentiss Ferguson of Woodville, owner of a cow-calf opera- tion south of Woodville, recently noticed some large pig tracks in his pasture. He set a live hog trap near the tracks and baited it with corn. The following day he found the estimated 300-pound, feral boar hog pictured above captured in the trap. The boar was in excellent condition with up- ,per and lower tusks of two to three inches in length. Ferguson suggested the boar's condition reflected consumption of lots of his pecans and acorns. Generally, wherever feral pigs are present, they cause damage to livestock, agricultural fields, forests, the environment and threaten native Well-established and thriving gardens tend to have a mix of plant and ani- mal life, adding interest for gardeners but not as much natural pest control as many people think. Blake Layton, entomolo- gist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said many people enjoy garden fauna such as toads, frogs and lizards, and some even enjoy bats and snakes. "lAke most birds and but- terflies, they are miniature wildlife that does little or no harm while adding interest," Layton said. 'q3ut while it is true that all of these small vertebrates are predators and that insects are one of the main components of their diets, it is not true that they provide any great bene- fit in helping control pest in- sects." That is because the in- sects that cause the most damage to gardens and landscapes are either too small to be of interest to these relatively large preda- tors or they are not the ma- jor prey of these garden crit- ters. "When I look through the list of important pests for vegetable and ornamental plants, I do not see many in- sect pests that these verte- brate predators would help control," Layton said. In years past, many of the commonly used insecti- cides were deadly to the small vertebrates in gar- dens, but many of those acutely toxic chemicals have been replaced by products less dangerous to land- dwelling vertebrates. "String trimmers and lawn mowers are probably more detrimental to toads and snakes than most of the insecticides used today, as long as they are properly ap- NON-NATIVE ANIMAL ~I~OTTED? -- got to a computer to see if it was any Louis Johnston, Dean Arnot~and Dal- good. On the way to the boat landing las Arnold of 5th District of Wi~Anson Dallas had remembered the name of County saw a strange animal re~ntly,what we had seen -- a Capybaral We Dean Arnold spotted something b~n- had both seen them on a TV documan- ning on the bank of the Homochitt~ tary, and one in a zooI" Johnston con- River. "Not knowing what he had seen,~ tacted the Mississippi Department of and since Dallas and I had not seen~ildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and he the animal, Dean turned the boat re~ived several emails from W'fldlife around to show us," said Johnston'As Biologist Ricky FlynL A Capybara is Dean aimed the boat at the bank, I the w~rld's largest rodent followed by told them it was a beaver, a very big the bea~r and porcupine. It is not na- beaver. As we got closer to the bank I tive to North America. It is a semi- plied, and house cats are Photo From Internet wildlife. Mature feral sows commonly have two lit- probably the biggest threat ters each year averaging six piglets per litter,telizards,'Layton said. [Source: Behavior and Biology of Wild Pigs]. In the Although these verte- southeasternU.S, the average weight of an aduit bratepredatorsproviderela- Privat Pesticide Appl male is about 220 pounds and adult female about tively little biological pest control, there are hundreds 155 pounds. [Source: Mississippi State Extension of desirable garden critters Service]. -- Submitted Photo" 41 ! ?: told Dallas to watch his big tail as it aquatic rodent of South America that started to move into the woods. But can weigh up to 100 pounds. Flynt says when it stood up and had NO tail, I he feels that the profile in Johnston's knew we all had just seen something photo is that of a capybara. Flynt says, different! I told Dean to put me on the "As a non-native, it has no regulatory bank with only a cell phone. After get- protection. There are some obviolm ting on the bank and moving only a concerns that such an introduction few feet in, there we were looking at could be unhealthy for our native each other. I took one wildlife and wildlife picture and it jumped habitats, much like the in the water. Again I Nutria. I would there- saw it had no taiL I ran fore suggest that if the tothe edge of the water animals can be killed only feet from it, and in a legal manner, thea watched it swim away, they should he re- looking just like a moved ASAPF -- Pho- beaver as it did. I had to Courtesy Louis only taken one photo Johnston and had to wait until I r University Extension Ser- vice provides educational op- portunities to the public on an equal opportunity basis and will make every reason- able effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities, A Thursday, May 23, wild hog history, biology and workshop in Natchez will ecology; trapping techniques teach landowners and prop- and removal methods; Lug mantids and most spi- erty managers ways to deal wildlife damage manage- ders have more in common with Mississippi's wild hog ment and laws governing with toads and lizards in invasion, the removal of animals; and terms of the pest control The Wild Pig Manage- feral swine disease, para- they provide," Layton said. ment Workshop will be held sites and potential implica- "They do eat a lot of insects, at the Adams County Exten- tions to humans and domes- but most of the insects they sion office. The program is tic livestock. The workshop eat are not important gar- provided by the Mississippi will include a demonstration den pests." State University Extension on how to construct and set There are many things Service, the U.S. Department traps for wild pigs. gardeners can do to protect of Agriculture's Wildlife Ser- The event lasts from 8:45 or encourage these benefi- vices and the Mississippi De- a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch,cial insects and mites. Ex- partment of Wildlife, Fish- snacks and workshop mate- tension Service publications eries and Parks. rials are included in the $30 offer tips and strategies on Topics for the day include registration fee. Registration how to encourage beneficial is open until Wednesday,insects and discourage pests May 15. in the landscape and gar- The Adams County Ex- dens. tension office is located at So while toads, frogs, 75A Carthage Point Road in lizards and bats may not McComb. MS Natchez. Register or find earn their reputation as gar- more information about the den police, many people still workshop at http://www.-enjoy having some of these cfr.msstate.edu/workshops/w creatures in their gardens. ildpig. Gary Bachman, Exten- Participants can earn continuing education credits for this workshop. Contact Kelly LaSa at (662) 325- 3133 with questions. HUNTING LAND NEEDED!!! Have qualified buyers looking for hunting land, Several 4Oac- 1OOac clients, 500ac- 1000ac clients, and many in between. Call Alan 601-249-8436 or entail: alan@dougrushin- greany.com Bring us your turkey photo so we can print it in the paper! fRORT-EIID LOfIDER 6 TRflCTOR TIRE PRO6- I tEms? Cfltt US! I IlJE SELL GOOD, USED TRUCX TIRES I E OFFER 24-HR ROFlDSIDE SERUICE I Carl Whiting, Sr. 601-888-7682 or 601-870-3919 i 5169-A US Hwy 61 N, Woodville which would interfere with their ability to receive the educational information be- ing provided. If you have a disability or impairment, please contact Dawn Thur- man or Ann Davis at the V~rffidnson County Ex~usion Office by Wednesday, May 1, to request accommodations, Pre-registration for the PAT is required by Wednes- day, May 1. Checks or money orders are accepted (no cash or credit cards). Checks for $10.00 should be made out to MSU-CMREC. Please contact the Wilkinson Cotm- ty Extension Service at 601- 888-3211 to register or for additional information. sion horticulturist and gar- den expert based at MSLVs Coastal Research and Ex- tension Center in Biloxi, said many gardeners en- courage these garden ani- mals to hang around for their enjoyment. "Toads are great garden residents," Bachman said. "You can make a toad home by using a broken old clay pot. Make an opening about 2 inches by 2 inches at the top, and then turn the pot upside down on the ground. Bury a saucer as deep as the lip to serve as a water dish." Bachman said toads drink through their skin so will get into the saucer for water. Mosquitoes in this sit- uation are not a problem as the toads will consume any larvae that hatch. While some gardeners take steps to encourage these friendly vertebrates to settle into their gardens, Bachman warned that the welcome mat appeals to more than just the desirable critters. "Rats, snakes and more can make their homes in well-managed gardens, so be aware when you are out working in yours; Bachman said. Find Extension Publica- tion P2483, Integrated Pest Management in the Home Landscape, at http'J/ msu- cares.cem/pubs/. GARDEN CRITTERS -- Toads are welcome in most gardens, but their pest control value is limited be- cause their typical diet consists of insects that do n:::ihr2a::ns/Kgva/dLe:Sw~EcePhOto by MSU Ag Com- Natchez Salvage & Pads, Inc. OPEN MONDAY. FRIDAY I 7:30 AM 4'30 P.M. / USED AUTO & TRUCK PARTS I Buy Heee! Pay Her, el . / F . 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Also, there are not noticed, pervises the use of restrict- is a mandatory $10.00 '%arger insects like pray- ed-use pesticides to produce charge for the session. an agricultural commodity Training is being offered on property owned or rented to certify local users of re- by him or his employer, or on stricted use pesticides on the property of another per- Thursday, May 2, at 5:30 son with whom he trades p.m. and Friday, May 3, at services. 10:00 a.m. at the J.R. Hamil- If you have been certified, ton Extension Service Build- when does your certification ing, 982 Second South expire? Do not wait until Street, Woodville. The meet- you need to buy your chemi- ing takes approximately two cals before you check your hours and is presented as a certification for its expira- video, with additional in- tion date. Do it now. This struction as required. You could save you a delay later will be required to take an in the season. Pesticide deal- exam to obtain your certifi- ers are enforcing the re- cation. Please make plans to quirement that you be certi- attend if your farming oper- fled before you buy restrict- ation or other activities re- ed use chemicals. They will quires you to use restricted make no exceptions! Begin- use pesticides. ning January 1, 2006, the The Mississippi State