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Mob to Put Hit on Ticks And Other Pests!
These frenetic balls of fluff, Guinea Fowl keets, will grow into pest-eating machines by the time they are released on Suffolk County Community College's Eastern Campus in Riverhead next March.
The new brood -- about 30 in all -- will eat ants, spiders, weed seeds, and ticks, among other insects and pests, when grown and roaming the Riverhead campus.
Suffolk has had guinea fowl on the Eastern Campus for many years. The new group of keets will grow up to replace a mob of fowl whose numbers have dwindled due to predation and age.
Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay explained that using the Guinea Fowl to control pests is best.
"Natural pest control is less expensive than buying and applying pesticides, and it's safer for our students, faculty, staff, the natural wildlife and the environment," President McKay said.
Suffolk's Eastern Campus is situated in Suffolk's Pine Barrens and home to red fox, deer, wild turkeys, raccoons and other indigenous species.