Management of Other Pests

Organisms are considered pests in agricultural systems when they create economic loss or other undesirable impacts. Weeds, insects, and diseases are the most commonly recognized pests. However, there are other organisms that do not fall into the plant, arthropod, or microorganism categories that are pests. These include vertebrates such as mice, gophers, deer, and birds, all of which will feed on a number of crop plants. Slugs and snails are mollusks that can also be plant pests. For livestock producers, predators such as coyotes, weasels, and hawks can injure or kill farm animals. While these types of pests often receive less attention than insects, weeds, and diseases, for certain crops they can be one of the most important pests to control, and innovative research is needed to prevent damage while still enabling these creatures to be part of the biodiversity of the landscape.

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