Death From Above: Encouraging Natural Predators
Native predators like kestrels and barn owls can play a valuable role in controlling pests not only on farms, but also in parks, golf courses and large yards and gardens. While they rarely eliminate a pest problem, they can reduce the need for pesticide use and other pest-control measures.
The Natural Resource Conservation Service, Hawkwatch and Utah State University Cooperative Extension published a two-page introduction to attracting wildlife for pest control. The guide includes:
- Information on barn owl and kestrel boxes, including the recommended number of boxes, location and height, timing, design and management
- Information on raptor perches, snags and wintering raptors
- Contact information for the authors to get more information