The invaders in your gardens are these sneaky creatures called as prairie dogs.
They peep through these burrows, exactly like the one in the picture alongside, thus invade your territory!
Prairie dogs are herbivorous burrowing rodents. The five species commonly found are black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison’s, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs. They are a type of ground squirrel.
On average, these stout-bodied rodents will grow to be between 30 and 40 cm. The body of the prairie dog is covered with brownish-grey fur. They have very small, round ears and a short tail.
Prairie dogs are highly social creatures and they live in large colonies or “towns”. They live in closely-knit family groups called “coteries.” Coteries usually contain an adult male, one or more adult females and their young offspring. These coteries are grouped together into wards (or neighborhoods) and several wards make up a colony or town. The collections of prairie dog families can span hundreds of acres.
Prairie dogs live in complex networks of tunnels with multiple openings. Colonies are easily identified by the raised-burrow entrances that give the diminutive prairie dogs some extra height when acting as sentries and watching for signs of danger. The tunnels contain separate “rooms” for sleeping, rearing young, storing food and eliminating waste. Members of the same group will show their affection by kissing and grooming other members of the group. But if you are from other family or colony, you got to face their aggression will show aggression. They in a group will chase the unwanted member from the other colonies. Aren’t they protective!
Prairie dogs have a complex system of communication that includes a variety of pitched warning barks that signal different types of predators. They have earned their name from settlers traveling across the plains who thought that these warning calls sounded like dogs barking.
Prairie dogs are chiefly herbivorous, though they eat some insects. They feed primarily on grasses and small seeds. In the fall, they eat broadleaf forbs. Prairie dogs hibernate during the winter. They will survive by using the energy from fat tissue that was collected during the year. Some species of prairie dogs can wake up to eat during hot winter days.
These rodents are known to be nuisance cause when they invade the gardens and parks. They easily make holes in the backyards and can roam around your home. Also, they chew shrubs and bushes from the gardens causing destruction.
They being the rodents gnaw various stuff which they come across. They are known to bite the underground installed applications like pipes and cables. These rodents can carry human pathogens which can cause the spread of deadly diseases.
One can get irritated with not only by their burrowing activities but also with their barking.
Here are few residents who have got irritated with the presence of prairie dogs.
Residents concerned over prairie dogs causing nuisance
By Allison Martinez Published: June 7, 2017 for KRQE News
CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – O.G. Potter Memorial Park in Clovis looks normal from afar, but with a closer look, you’ll see prairie dogs peeking their heads out of the ground. Residents say they’re invading and causing concern.
“See we play kick ball. They kick the ball and we run and we don’t want them to fall in the hole and break their ankle or twist their ankle or something,” said Clovis resident Shakila Mcclendon.
Holes are appearing around the park and becoming a problem for not only park-goers, but residents who live nearby.
Neighbors in Clovis are concerned about the growing population of prairie dogs eating crops, taking over the city pool, and possibly carrying diseases.
Prairie dogs aggravate ranchers across La Plata County
By Jonathan Romeo Herald staff writer
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017
Some hope for an unconventional solution to growing numbers.
As the prairie dog population in La Plata County rises and wreaks havoc on landowners, the presence of the often-reviled rodent has some hoping for an unconventional solution: the plague.
“They are a big problem, and it’s a constant battle,” said Dave James, who has ranched in the Animas Valley north of Durango for more than 50 years. “The plague would help.”
Over the past 10 years or so, farmers, ranchers and land managers in Southwest Colorado have noted the uptick in prairie dog colonies and the growing frustrations with them.
“It’s gradually gotten worse and worse,” said Ben Bain, weed control coordinator for La Plata County.
Prairie dogs are often killed by farmers and landowners because of their destructive landscaping and the fact that they eat the grasses meant for their livestock.
Many rodenticides are used to keep them away, but these pests have started gaining immunity towards the commonly used pesticides.
Now how to keep these pests away from human contact is the rising question when the conventional pest control methods have proved to be ineffective!
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Combirepel™ masterbatch can be incorporated with various polymeric applications like pipes, wires and cables, polymeric parts from the home appliances, parts from automobiles etc. This product does not leach out of the end application and is non-hazardous.
Combirepel™ liquid concentrate can be added in paints and be applied on interior and exteriors of houses, parks, areas of mass transits, schools, hospitals etc.
Combirepel™ lacquer is a direct application which can be used as a topical application and is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, metal, polymer, ceramic, concrete etc. Thus the wooden and metallic fencing around gardens and parks can be coated using this product.
These products work on the mechanism of repellency. The product triggers a fear response in rodents thus protecting the application. It causes severe temporary distress to the mucous membrane of the rodents due to which the pest stays away from the application. The product triggers an unpleasant reaction in case if the pest tries to gnaw away the application. After encountering the above-mentioned emotions, the animal instinctively perceives it with something it should stay away from and stores this information for future reference. The fact that certain rodents are repelled is mimicked by other rodents as well. Thus, the other rodents too stay away from the applications. The unpleasant experience is imprinted within the animal’s memory and passed on to its progeny.
Thus, the product uses the mother nature’s gift of senses given to these rodents to repel them.
Why kill, when we can repel!
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