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Date of this Version

March 1977


Published in Proceedings of the First Eastern Pine and Meadow Vole Symposium, Winchester, WV, March 10-11, 1977, Ross E. Byers, editor. Copyright © 1977 Showalter.


Hess Orchards of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, are growers and packers of fresh fruits. At the present time, we have approximately 350 acres planted to apples and 125 acres planted to peaches. We are producing about 180,000 bushels of apples and 15,000 bushels of peaches annually. Our company is concerned mainly with 'pine' mouse damage. We have had meadow mouse injury but it has not been as much of a problem as the pine mouse damage. We have been spending $4,000 to $6,000 for rodenticide materials annually. This does not include the labor necessary to apply the materials.