Rabbits, Squirrels & Raccoons … Oh My!

Raccoon in the trash - photo by Vicki Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County

You can tell “Spring has Sprung” in our area. Local residents are calling concerned about rabbits munching their landscape plants (and having babies), squirrels nipping off twigs on trees (and having babies), raccoons clawing their way into homes (and having babies).

What Can You Do About Problem Wildlife?

The situation really depends on the animal and the damage it is causing. You’ll never get rid of all the squirrels or rabbits in a neighborhood but there are ways to protect your property from damage. Your best long-term solution may be habitat modification and exclusion. Usually it takes more than one approach to a situation. If you have a raccoon in your attic, you will want to hire a professional.

Do not try to solve a wildlife problem with mothballs! It is illegal to use a pesticide against the label (read the label). Mothballs won’t solve your wildlife problem.

Nebraska Extension has resources available to help on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest. If you live outside of Lancaster County, Nebraska, visit here to find your local extension office.

Now here’s some help for problem Rabbits, Squirrels and Raccoons:

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tornado Damage - Hallam, Nebraska May 2004

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 21-25. We’ve all seen our share of “weather aware” conditions around the nation this week! On Wednesday, Nebraska had heavy snows, rain, hail, lightning and strong wind. There were blizzard warnings and tornado watches on the same day. As unpredictible as the weather can be, you aren’t completely powerless if you are prepared.
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The April 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The April issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the April 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Climate Impacts on Cropping Systems in Eastern Nebraska
  • Reducing the Size of Recipes
  • Spaghetti Recipe with a Secret
  • When Your Child Director Calls, “Your child is ill… please pick her up.”
  • The ABC’s of Baby’s Zzzz’s!
  • Early Spring Pasture Grazing
  • Fruit Tree Spray Schedules
  • Bird Houses Can Add to Changing Landscapes
  • Bird House Dimensions and Nebraska Bird Notes
  • April Garden Guide
  • 4-H News, Resources and More
  • Weed Awareness Special Pullout

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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