Using Ducks As Pest Control In South Africa

In South Africa, one antique vineyard stopped using pesticides in favor of hundreds of ducks. The vineyard has been using ducks to help protect the vines from harmful pests since the ’70s.

They use around 1,600 ducks that eat snails, worms, aphids and more, keeping the vineyard completely pest-free. Indian runner ducks are a flightless duck with a voracious appetite for pests.

The ducks are herded through the grape vines five days a week and their droppings act as fertilizer. When harvest comes, the ducks get a vacation to prevent them from eating the grapes.

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