Guess the Pest! Week 8 Answer: Rodent!

David Owens, Extension Entomologist, owensd@udel.edu

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.

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