Insects and diseases are rarely problems in pastures, but rodents can be a real concern. The fan-shaped mounds of dirt left by gophers reduce yield, while the tunnels can damage irrigation systems. Control can be achieved by using baits or traps available at most farm supply stores. Protected by winter snow, voles may leave a web of surface tunnels in pastures. This problem disappears later in the spring as lack of cover exposes the voles to natural predators.
For additional Insect and Pest information, please see the following links:
- ARBICO - Biological Fly Control for Horses and Livestock
- Horse Management: Fly Control by Cherry Hill
- Utah Pests Newsletter
- Utah Pests Factsheets
- Free Disposal of Unwanted Pesticides
- Press Release