Since We Can’t Take The Wild Out of Wildlife How Do We Have a Life With Them
Pests such as imported fire ants, spurweed, and resident Canada geese are especially a problem for government institutions, homeowner associations, and homeowners that have outdoor recreational facilities, common ground areas or lawns. In addition, personnel that maintain these areas are constantly searching for solutions to deal with these pests. To address these pest problems and to provide recertification credits to pesticide applicators, a program entitled, “Since We Can’t Take The Wild Out of Wildlife How Do We Have a Life With Them”, was conducted by the Pasquotank County Center along with the USDA Wildlife Services and NC Wildlife Resources Commission. This program provided information on the biology, impact on the public and solutions/control measures for the pests targeted. This two-hour training provided a total of 102 hours of recertification credits to 51 participants. As a result of attending this Extension sponsored training, the participants saved $2,040 in fees and $316,200 in wages were preserved. An evaluation was administered, which was completed by 40 of the participants. Of those that responded, 87% indicated that the information shared was relevant to their job as well as 46% indicated they had problems with resident geese, 30% with coyotes, 22.5% with vultures, 50% with deer, 90% with imported fire ants, and 50% with spurweed. When the respondents were asked what best describes the information they received at this training, 53% indicated that it was new information and 85% indicated that it was useful information.