Wildlife Nuisance and Damage

Information on combatting yellowjackets, ticks, snakes, moles, voles, mice, chipmunks, squirrels, woodpeckers, pigeons, starlings, finches and sparrows, geese, crows, ducks, swans, rabbits, bats, skunks, groundhogs, hawks and black bears.

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Bats in the House in Winter - Articles Articles
We found a bat in our house in winter. What type of a bat is it and what should we do? More
Guess Who is Coming to Dinner
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Find out who’s cohabitating in your chimney or developing an attitude in the attic or slithering through your salad greens. More
Rabbit Resistant Plants
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Learn how to minimize damage from these furry critters through plant selection. More
USDA Forest Service, Northern and Intermountain Region, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Ever wonder who assaulted your apple tree or committed a felony on your tulips? Learn crime scene investigation techniques to learn “who done it.” More
German Yellowjackets
German Yellowjackets - Articles Articles
The German yellowjacket an invasive (non-native) species that will aggressively defend its nest and can sting repeatedly. More
Zebra Mussel
Zebra Mussel - Videos Videos

Zebra Mussel

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Zebra mussels first arrived in the United States in the 1980s. More
Pests Can Cause Asthma and Allergies
Pests Can Cause Asthma and Allergies - Articles Articles
Pests such as cockroaches, rodents and weeds and the chemicals with which we kill them can cause allergies and asthma by contaminating air indoors and out. More
Pests Looking for a Warm Place to Stay
Pests Looking for a Warm Place to Stay - Articles Articles
Fall is here and winter isn’t far behind. Pests such as mice, rats and some insects will be looking for a warm, safe place to spend the cold months. More
Is There a Mouse in the House?
Is There a Mouse in the House? - Articles Articles
Find out how to identify a rodent, how to prevent them from entering your home and safe control tactics. More
Introduction for BugMobile vs. The Invasive Species
Introduction for BugMobile vs. The Invasive Species - Videos Videos
Introduction, 7 minutes. More
Home IPM
Home IPM - Articles Articles
Certainly we do not want to share our homes with common household pests, whether they be fruitflies, ants, roaches, mice, wasps or whatever. More
Early Observation = Easier Control
Early Observation = Easier Control - Articles Articles
Yellowjackets are actually a type of wasp but are often mistaken for bees. They can be quite aggressive, especially when their nest is disturbed, and they can sting more than once. More
Photo: Elizabeth Bush, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org - vole Microtus spp. flowering dogwood, Damage: dieback and off color foliage
Vole Control in Overwintering Nursery Stock - Articles Articles
You know the situation…you and your crew spent days cleaning, pruning and moving perennial and nursery stock into your overwintering houses. More
Photo: Jim Occi, BugPics, Bugwood.org blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis
Ticked Off About Ticks - Articles Articles

Ticked Off About Ticks

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Pennsylvania has led the nation for the last five years in confirmed cases of Lyme disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More
Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options
Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options - Articles Articles

Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Rick Bates, Ph.D., Gary San Julian, Ph.D.

There is much frustration toward the prevalence of deer and the damage they cause. More
Woodpeckers Making Holes in Cedar Siding
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Woodpeckers Making Holes in Cedar Siding

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

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
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
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
Hawks Hanging Around Bird Feeders
Hawks Hanging Around Bird Feeders - Articles Articles

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
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
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
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
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
White-tailed Deer in Home Fruit Plantings
White-tailed Deer in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles

White-tailed Deer in Home Fruit Plantings

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

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
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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