Keeping Gophers & Friends Out of Your Garden
The main focus will be on gophers, moles, voles and ground squirrels with basic material on raccoons, opossums, skunks, wild pigs and deer. This seminar is valuable for any pest control operator, home gardener, farmer, and maintenance worker.
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Fairview Gardens, 598 N Fairview Ave., Goleta
Cost: $35 - $55
Age limit: All ages
Categories: Nature Talk
How can we effectively control these vertebrates without resorting to poisons?
Several methods of management will be presented including:
• Attracting predators, using integrated pest management
• Barriers and effective fences
• Discouraging pest animals with liquids, urines, sound devices and exclusion
• Cultural practices using cover crops, barrier crops and land management
• Tools such as smoke bombs and the Rodentator
• Live and lethal trapping
We will set up traps and have a demonstration on trap setting and hopefully see some caught gophers as well as diagnose what went wrong. I will show a couple different kinds of traps and different setting techniques.
This class will be taught by Thomas Wittman, founder of Gophers Limited. Thomas has been involved with non-toxic pest control for over three decades. His experience ranges from pest control on his own organic farm (Molino Cereek Farming Collective), consulting and working at The Center For Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems for the University of California – specifically on gophers and ground squirrels, residential and commercial pest control, to leading interactive training sessions. Thomas’ mission in his business is to reduce or eliminate the use of poisons. He has a degree in Environmental Studies with an ecology minor from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Event posted April 16, 2013
Last updated April 16, 2013