Animal pests include all those living organisms larger than microscopic size and who do not have six or eight legs (insects and spider mites), that cause damage to plants. From slimy slugs to despicable (but cute) deer, these creatures feed on our plants or cause havoc in our landscapes.

Although there are many approaches to controlling these critters, perhaps the most effective is to alter the environment. Each animal has certain requirements for habitat that must be met for them to thrive and multiply. It is not always feasible but finding a way to make our landscape less attractive for these critters will be the best long term solution.

Here are some topics that might be of interest for the home landscape:

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

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