CORTLAND, Ohio — A key to handling backyard wildlife problems, from smelly skunks to ravenous raccoons, hungry deer to messy geese, is making your backyard a worse place to be.
For them, that is, not you.
“If you can identify the component of the habitat that’s attracting an animal to your yard — usually it’s food or shelter — and then can modify or eliminate it, you’ll go a long way to solving the conflict,” said Marne Titchenell of The Ohio State University. She’ll share that and other remedies in a workshop April 14.
Titchenell is a wildlife program specialist in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The workshop, called The Good, the Bad and the Hungry: Controlling Nuisance Wildlife in the Home Landscape, is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center in Cortland in northeast Ohio.
“We’ll talk about fencing, trapping, repellants, resistant plants and habitat management, to name a few,” said Titchenell, who’s a member of the program. “That last one, habitat management, is an important tool for dealing with any wildlife conflict.”
Dealing with deer, deterring coyotes
Urban coyotes, which are spreading, and skunks, which are testy right now because it’s their mating season, will be topics of special interest, she said.
Deer, geese and woodchucks will be on the docket. So will bats, moles, voles, rabbits and raccoons.
Registration for the workshop is $35, includes lunch and is needed by April 8. Volunteers in Ohio’s Master Gardener program can earn five hours of continuing education credit by attending.
You can register online at go.osu.edu/April2016NuisanceWildlife. Or you can register by phone or get more information at 614-688-3421.
A schedule of other Ohio Woodland Stewards Program workshops is at woodlandstewards.osu.edu.