Feral Hogs – Nature’s Rototillers
By Todd Lowe, senior agronomist, Florida RegionMarch 4, 2014
|No, this golf course is not going through a
renovation. The tilled earth is from feral hogs in search of grubs.|
When it comes
to nuisance pests, none can compare to feral hogs. Feral hogs use their snouts
like plows to “root” into the soil in search of a meal. Large chunks of turf
are completely uprooted during the feeding process and the ground appears as if
it has been rototilled. Even a small group of hogs can completely till up
considerable areas of the golf course in one night, as was seen recently on a
course consulting visit in southwest Florida.
in urban settings rarely see feral hogs, as they prefer wooded areas. However, facilities
in rural areas can experience occasional hog damage, especially where
development surrounding the property pushes hogs closer to the golf course.
will generally survive if it is repaired, rolled and kept moist, but it can
take several weeks to look presentable while the area heals. Hogs generally disturb
turfgrass areas in search of insect grubs, so it is also recommended to treat
the turf for whatever pest might be present. Hogs have a keen sense of smell
and removing the food source will greatly reduce the chance of future damage.
Source: Todd Lowe, (email@example.com)
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