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Pest Control for the Smallholder

By David Bezzant

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ISBN: 9781847974563
PUBLISHED: 25/01/2013
PAGES: 128
SIZE: 242x172 mm
INSIDE: 146 colour photographs

Among the many challenges facing the contemporary smallholder who keeps livestock and grows his own food, is how to deal with the various pests that are capable of decimating crops, degrading pasture, stealing produce, contaminating animal feed and killing valuable livestock. This book provides the smallholder with the knowledge and the information about the skills to meet this challenge in an effective and humane way.

  • Considers all the major pests faced by smallholders including rats, house and field mice, grey squirrels, moles, rabbits, deer, foxes, mink, wood pigeons, crows and rooks
  • Discusses each pest in detail, arguing that it is essential for the smallholder to understand their characteristics and behaviour in order to control them successfully
  • Emphasizes that 'prevention is better than cure' and identifies a variety of measures designed to thwart, rather than kill, pests
  • Examines both traditional and modern pest control methods
  • Covers traps, poisons, air rifles, dogs, ferrets, electric fencing, bird scarers, wildlife deterrents and repellents, automatic bird feeders, and polytunnels and cloches
  • Stresses that smallholders need to adopt a comprehensive pest control programme that complies with current legislation and balances conservation with control

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" Few of us are as expert as we'd like to be, and none of us was expert at all when we started. I wish I had been able to read this book before, rather than after, learning some of my lessons the hard way. "
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