Coffee drinkers received good news when a recent Harvard study shows the health benefits of drinking coffee every day. They point out some of its health effects such as how caffeine might help reduce the risk of diabetes and other liver problems.
However, before your coffee gets into your cup, do you have any idea about the challenges that many coffee plantations have to overcome? Keeping the coffee plantation from any outside threat is very crucial. Especially with the numbers of predators lurking around that might cause damage to coffee berries before they are even ready for harvest.
Reptiles, bugs and any other herbivore are just around the corner. And that’s something that coffee plantation owner has to consider.
The world is naturally made with a perfect ecosystem. Animals on top of the food chain are made to eat and devour the ones at the bottom. But is that even possible when you’re running a coffee plantation? Obviously not! As much as you can, you want to protect the coffee plants from predators like reptiles, insects and other coffee lover animals. You have to beat the challenge of this natural ecosystem or you’ll end up losing some big amount of money.
Predators on the Plantation
This is but common for any kind of plantation. As long as there’s something to eat, predators will absolutely swarm around. Animals like reptiles, birds and bugs should really be kept away from the area. Many plantations experience loss. Ripening coffee berries are very enticing to some animal species and even for smallest bugs. Thus, during those times, make sure that you do the necessary actions to keep them away.
Ways to Keep them Away
Before you lose millions of dollars with your coffee plantation, make sure that you already learn some ways on how to keep them away. There are many traditional ways of doing that. And there are also some modern and less stressful ways to save your plantation from becoming a food source to some animals around.
First is that you can still cling to the power of the ecosystem. That means that you can use some animal species or birds to guard the plantation. You probably have to do some research about what animals to use to help you reduce the threat that lurks around. Some uses insect-eating birds to devour the most coffee damaging pests and beetles.
Next is you can use some high tech gadgets to stop animals like bearded dragons, beetles, monkeys and many from getting closer to the area. Some of these gadgets are sometimes emitting irritating signal, sound or light to animals. Just like the traditional scarecrow, these devices will scare them away and will stop them from coming back.
There are many other ways for you to keep these reptiles and other animals away from the coffee plantations. You probably have to consult some professionals if you need more help. Remember that there’s really no room for losses. Keep in mind the many people that are waiting for their delicious hot coffee every day. Craving for their caffeine kicks before they go and conquer the world!