Guess the Pest! Week 8 Answer: Rodent!

David Owens, Extension Entomologist,

This week’s shout outs go to Bob Rouse for explaining personal observations of most mammals and birds that usually attack seedlings and to Sylvie Childress for guessing a related rodent. Bob, I had a raccoon dig up every single pepper transplant out of treatment 2 and 5, rep 3 and 4 in 2018.

ROUS hole 2

In the corn field in question, I found the ROUS hole a couple of yards away from the missing plants.

Bird Damage 1

Bird damage has been observed in some fields recently and looks very similar. Often they will discard the leaves. Sometimes, a corn plant is rooted well enough to not resist being pulled out, and you may see beak injury like in this photo.