The HOOT Group’s mission is to reduce the rodent population in University Hills using ecologically sound sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) practices.
This includes the following:
- remove poison bait boxes and replace with enclosed snap traps
- attract owls to our community by installing a series of nesting boxes
- reduce harborage areas (remove dense ground covers such as ivy and thickly matted shrubs like bougainvillea), and replace with low water use natives
- remove food sources for rodents
- replace open trash containers with wildlife proof ones
- encourage ICHA and residents to harvest fruits and nuts as they ripen
- educate through community gatherings, email communications and web page content
- encourage ICHA and Uhills residents to work together on creating a resilient community with shared values and actions surrounding rodent management
A huge thank you to skilled craftsmen Scott Rychnovsky and Dan Gillen for building 8 barn owl nesting boxes for UHills!