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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Vertebrate Pests

Vertebrate Pests

(p.362) 24 Vertebrate Pests
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses vertebrate pests. Vertebrates become destructive to turfgrass in most cases simply because an attractive food supply exists in the turfgrass or soil below. Most often that food is insects or earthworms. Vertebrate pests are usually either birds or mammals. The chapter explains the biology and distribution of these pests. It also provides recommendations for the control of avian and mammalian pests. To control turf-damaging birds, eliminating the attractive food supply is necessary. The control of mammalian pests, apart from eliminating the attractive food supply of turfgrass insects, is explored briefly, since the various methods of control are longstanding and not subject to frequent changes.

Keywords:   vertebrate pests, turfgrass pests, food supply, turfgrass insects, avian pests, mammalian pests, turf-damaging birds

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