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August 1st, 2018

Barn Owls: Big Beautiful Biocontrol

by: Virginia Sandfer

Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations at Matchbook, discusses barn owls and rodent control with the UC Davis Barn Owl Project led by Dr. Sara Kross.

“My family’s been growing wine grapes here since the 1970s, and controlling rodents is a big part of our integrated pest management program,” Giguiere said. “We have 40 owl boxes on the farm. The rodent control is what we’re after, and it’s part of having an integrated system of biodiversity and biological controls to complement the chemical options we have for controlling these types of things.”

Video by: The Western Integrated Pest Management Center

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