Published on: August 4, 2021
Summer is upon us so what does that mean for California ground squirrel management? As a practitioner of IPM, you are likely aware that effective ground squirrel management requires an integrated approach, including knowledge of pest biology. Ground squirrel behavior, which impacts the effectiveness of different management tools, is significantly affected by the season. Now that we are in summer, the soil is dry and the California ground squirrel (Figure 1) diet has likely switched from green vegetation to seeds. During this season, fumigation, which requires moist soil, will be much less effective, but trapping and toxic baits may still be effective.
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