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A Practitioner's Guide to IPM in Buildings



Reasons for Entry

Damage and Risk

Dealing with Animals


Steps to an Inspection

Removing Animals

Getting Started

Legal Considerations

Animal Removal Techniques

Excluding Animals

Before Excluding an Animal

Exclusion Materials and Procedures

Appendix A:

Appendix B:

Inspection Form

Appendix C:

Animal-Specific Form

Appendix D:

Helpful Resources

Beasts Begone! was produced by the Community IPM program which is funded by Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Author: Lynn Braband. Editing/Design: Jennifer Webster. Artwork: Jim Engel and Karen English except as otherwise noted. The recommendations in this publication are not a substitute for pesticide labeling. Read the label before applying any pesticide. Cornell University is not responsible for any injury or damage to person or property arising from the use of this information. Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. Printed on recycled paper. 4M AP 7/00.
Tracks and scats of Norway rat and house mouse; scats of gray squirrel, white-footed mouse, red squirrel, flying squirrel and chipmunk from A Field Guide to Animal Tracks. Copyright 1950 by Olaus J. Murie. 1974 by Margaret E. Murie. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Co. All rights reserved.
Tracks of eastern chipmunk, eastern gray squirrel, raccoon, red squirrel, shorttail shrew, weasel, white-footed mouse, woodchuck, and striped skunk reprinted with permission from the New England Animal Tracks poster, 1980, 1982, by Delorme Publishing, Inc.
Line drawings of woodchuck (p. 34), skunk (p. 5 & p. 35), raccoon (p. 9), weasel (p. 37), and eastern chipmunk (p. 2) by Donna Curtin. Reproduced from "Wildlife Notebook: Sketches of Selected Wildlife in New York State" with permission from Cornell Cooperative Extension. "Wildlife Notebook" is available from the Cornell University Media and Technology Resource Center.
Drawings of "just as I suspected..." (p.40), box trap (p.10), and mouse trap (p.11) from Pennsylvania State University's "Pest Management and Environmental Quality." Used by permission.
Sketch of flying squirrel (p. 29) from NASA and Cislunar Aerospace, Inc. Used by permission.
Drawing of groundhog fence (p. 19), illustrating a technique for building a rat wall, reprinted with permission from the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service.