Pests and disease

Flea buster

Flea buster

Details  It's hard to see what positive role fleas play in the great biosphere. Summer is coming and the warm dry is ideal breeding conditions in the chicken house. Melisa has declared war and has resorted to chemical weapons (natural neem oil).Date  October 26, 2016Tags    2016  Melisa  October 
Mouse trappin'

Mouse trappin'

With this year being a mast year for native beech trees there have been an epic number of mice about.
I've lost count of how many we (and the cat) have caught. I have even witnessed the chooks chase down and eat a couple that I disturbed in a grass pile.
May 10, 2010  Mouse  Mice  Traps  Mast Year 

Black bird

Despite black birds apparently being a 'dainty dish' fit for a king they can do quite a bit of damage in the garden, scratching and disturbing young plants and, most annoyingly, eating fruit and berries. One technique, besides covering plants, is to reduce the number of birds. We have had a certain amount of success using a rat trap set with a red fruit such as glaced cherry or damaged strawberry.December 20, 2012
Wasps for insect control?

Wasps for insect control?

During late summer and autumn there are a fair number of wasps around the garden, orchard and sometimes even the house.

Originally I saw them as a pest, just another thing to watch out for so as not to get stung.

However, on closer observation I noticed that these little guys are actually helping out by preying on other insect populations. I have seen wasps catch and kill large flies, butterflies and other winged creatures and having witnessed them crawling over formed cabbage heads I suspect they also target things that live on there (caterpillars, earwigs, butterfly eggs...?)

I'm not sure what sort of grief they cause for local bee hives.
Barberry (Berberis glaucocarpa)

Barberry (Berberis glaucocarpa)

This thorny, evil bush seems to thrive everywhere it gets established at the expense of the natives and other desirables.

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Possums

Possums

One night I left a large basket of plums on the kitchen table. The window was open and the possum must have smelled the sweet plums and climbed inside to help himself. We did hear a lot of noise that night, but both of us assumed it was the cat running around. But when we woke up in the morning, we found several plums had been thrown around the table with bites taken out of them.January 10, 2010
The First Mouse...

The First Mouse...

Little Gibson has caught his first mouse....that we know of....
He brought it up from somewhere down the hill in the bushes. He kept batting it around and then he lost it for a while and turns out he was sitting on it. He must be doing all kinds of hunting because he's hardly touched his dry catfood. It's been in his bowl for about 3 days now and there is still a little left. He's plump as ever though, so I know he's not on a diet.
October 03, 2009