Wildlife Nuisance and Damage

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Timing for Excluding Bats
Timing for Excluding Bats - Articles Articles

Timing for Excluding Bats

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

We have a group of bats living in our attic and would like to bat proof the house but don’t want to seal bats in. What is the best time for excluding bats? More
White-tailed Deer in Home Fruit Plantings
White-tailed Deer in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Deer are most active during early morning and evening hours. They can have a home range of several square miles, but this varies with season, habitat, sex, and even individual characteristics. More
Hawks Hanging Around Bird Feeders
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Hawks Hanging Around Bird Feeders

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

I have a hawk hanging around my feeder. Not only does he catch birds but now the other birds are avoiding my feeder. What should I do? More
Moles have large paddle-like forefeet used for digging. Image by Michael David Hill, Wikimedia
Identifying Moles, Voles and Shrews - Articles Articles

Identifying Moles, Voles and Shrews

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

What is the difference between a mole, a vole and a shrew? More
Bird Continually Hitting Window
Bird Continually Hitting Window - Articles Articles

Bird Continually Hitting Window

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

I have a bird that is continually hitting my window. Why is it doing this and what can I do to stop it? More
Neighborly Natural Landscaping in Residential Areas - Articles Articles
Homeowners across America are changing the face of the typical American lawn. Learn strategies for the natural landscape homeowner who is looking for neighborly ways to garden for nature. More
White-tailed deer fawn
Deer-Resistant Plants - Articles Articles
Listing of flower garden plants (and some choice woody plants) that are categorized by type of garden and resistance to deer. More
Squirrels and Bird Feeders
Squirrels and Bird Feeders - Articles Articles

Squirrels and Bird Feeders

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Help, squirrels are getting more food at my bird-feeder than the birds are? I don’t want to feed squirrels, what can I do? More
Woodpeckers Making Holes in Cedar Siding
Woodpeckers Making Holes in Cedar Siding - Articles Articles
We have woodpeckers making holes in our cedar siding. They pound away until they have a nice round hole or several of them. The damage is becoming considerable. More
Figure 1. Largemouth bass are one of the most common and prized fish in Pennsylvania ponds.
Pond Fisheries Management - Articles Articles
Discover some simple methods for fisheries management, including strategies to resolve common fish problems. More
Exposed, chewed or missing seeds in greenhouse trays are signs of mouse activity. Snap traps are an effective control measure for mice and voles if populations aren't too large.
There's a Mouse in the (Green)house! - Articles Articles
This article discusses the two most common rodent pests of greenhouses, mice and voles, and how to control them. More
Paper Wasps. Photo credit: Steve Jacobs, Penn State Department of Entomology
Getting Rid of Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets - Articles Articles
As summer heats up, colonies of stinging insects that started as just a little nest under a roof eave have grown into a nest that you might consider removing. More
Penn State Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Archives, Penn State, Bugwood.org
Diagnosing Turfgrass Problems - Articles Articles
The cause of turfgrass damage is often difficult to determine if considerable time has elapsed between damage and diagnosis. More
Snakes - Articles Articles


Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Snakes rarely cause actual damage, but they are often considered a nuisance when found in or around buildings. More
Controlling Wildlife Damage in Home Gardens
Controlling Wildlife Damage in Home Gardens - Articles Articles
In most cases, growers can tolerate a little damage from wildlife, but sometimes measures should be taken to control wildlife damage. More
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