Mr. Pest Control


Q:

I am trying to catch or repel a rabbit for my customer who has an eggplant and zucchini garden. The rabbit is eating the leaves overnight. I tried baiting a Havahart trap with carrots and lettuce and applying neem oil and bone meal around the garden. Any ideas about what else I can try?

A:

I think the most realistic option is rabbit fencing around the garden. Chicken wire at least three feet tall and buried six inches deep should be effective. The rabbit will be easier to trap once it doesn’t have access to the garden. After the fencing is up, you can use some eggplant and zucchini leaves to bait the trap because you know that’s what the rabbit is after.

The customer may not like the look of fencing around the garden and may take it down after the rabbit is caught. However, if there’s a lot of rabbit pressure in the area, it’s best to keep it up.

Q:

Does a pesticide applicator have to provide product labels to a tenant or to the property owner who is paying the bill?

A:

The answer depends on local laws, so it may not be the same for everyone across the board. What normally occurs is PMPs provide pesticide labels and safety data sheets (SDS) to the property owner or management company. In my experience, they prefer to interact with tenants. I wouldn’t deny a tenant any pesticide documents, but state that they are provided to the property owner or management office. If a tenant reacts negatively to their own interpretation of a pesticide’s label or SDS, it’s better for it not to be instigated by a PMP handing them the documents and having a conversation out of the property owner’s or management’s earshot. When a tenant asks them for pesticide documentation, which is their indication of the tenant’s concerns and places them in between the tenant and the PMP, which is exactly where you want them to be.