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Protecting polyethylene irrigation pipes against damage caused by woodpeckers

  • Author(s): Moran, Shmuel
  • Keidar, Chaim
  • Wolf, Yehuda
  • et al.

Several methods were evaluated for protecting polrethylene irrigation pipes against pecking damage caused by the Syrian woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus). Only by burying the pipes in the ground damage was effectively prevented. Other methods studied, the use of the game repellent Arbinol, covering the pipes with polyethylene sheets, and growing a weed cover, though reducing the rate of the damage, proved not to be sufficiently effective as an economic solution of the problem.

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