bulb predators

ConroeJoe@aol.com ConroeJoe@aol.com
Mon, 06 Sep 2004 09:32:08 PDT

I don't think our major damage is caused by actual predators of bulbs, but we 
have some animals that cause major damage to plantings and anything in their 

In this area feral pigs and armadillos are the "great destroyers."  When pigs 
are done with a lawn or flower bed it can look as though bulldozers have gone 
through.  They do eat tubers and roots, but I don't know if they have a 
tasted for garden species--maybe it is the roots of the ornamental grasses they 

Armadillos are more limited in the damage they cause and they don't eat 
bulbs.  But they are inexhaustible diggers when on the trail of insects, beetles, 
worms, etc.  A single armadillo can uproot many dozens of bulbs and perennials 
in a night of earthworm feasting.  

Luckily, neither of these animals have hit my neighborhood hard yet--the pigs 
did minor damage a mile up the road.  They both abound in the adjacent forest 
but seem happy to avoid my ferocious Chihuahuas.  


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