Q:

How do you get rid of prairie dogs?

A:

Quick Answer

Prairie dogs create burrows underground that ruin yards and gardens and present a dangerous situation for people and animals walking above the burrows. Remove prairie dogs from your yard in a week using habitat alteration and toxic baiting. You need garden tools, rolled oats and a bait treated with a toxin such as zinc phosphide.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

  1. Create a visual barrier

    Prairie dogs prefer to burrow in areas with low grass so they can see predators approaching. Use fences, hay bales and tall plants to block the prairie dogs' view and make your yard a less suitable habitat.

  2. Place a prebait around burrows

    Place 1 heaping teaspoon of plain rolled oats around the mouth of each prairie dog mound. Repeat this process for several days until the bait is readily taken. This predisposes the prairie dogs to take the bait when you present the toxic bait.

  3. Apply toxic bait

    Place 1 heaping teaspoon of grain or oats treated with a toxin such as zinc phosphide around the mouth of each mound in the same way you placed the prebait. Make sure not to apply too much bait, as excess bait can negatively affect livestock and other wildlife in the area. Avoid disturbing the area for three days after applying toxic bait.

  4. Remove dead animals

    Remove or bury any carcasses that are found above ground to prevent poisoning other animals. Watch for active and abandoned burrows to evaluate the success of the treatment. Abandoned burrows are often filled with spider webs and debris, while active burrows are clean and surrounded by tracks and digging marks.

Learn more about Furry Pests

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some good woodchuck control methods?

    A:

    To control woodchucks, use fencing to enclose gardens and other affected areas, and use fumigants or traps to kill pests causing damage to the property. Close inactive burrows with mesh wire in mid- to late summer after removing the woodchucks, and keep vegetation short to prevent additional infestations. Harassing woodchucks is a nonlethal option that encourages the animals to abandon the property.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do I deter rats from inhabiting my garden?

    A:

    Rats are attracted to gardens in many environments because the gardens provide food, water and safety for the rodents. For gardeners who want to avoid using pesticides, other techniques are available to keeps rats out of the garden.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you keep groundhogs from eating plants?

    A:

    The Humane Society states that fencing, scare devices, removing high grass and debris and closing burrows deter groundhogs from invading gardens. Groundhogs may leave the property if burrows are disturbed.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why are prairie dogs endangered?

    A:

    The prairie dog has become endangered mostly due to loss of habitat from urban and agricultural development. There are several species of prairie dogs, each facing endangerment from different causes, including plague.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore