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tuffenoughtorock
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Location: Iowa

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As far as "pest control" goes, I am opposed to the use of chemicals and traps intended to kill creatures (which means no glue traps, poisons, snap-traps, and the like) and I feel that crops should be grown organically.  There are natural ways of pest control.

The most simple solution is keeping food items that may spoil in places where animals and insects can't get to them.  Luckily, there are no bears here in Iowa, so that is one less problem to deal with.  To drive away ants, slices of bitter cucumber and mint leaves should normally keep them away.  

Using chicken wire to protect plants from deer and rabbits can also help.  Another simple solution is human urine .  Deer don't like the smell and generally won't go near.  And no, urine won't go on the plants, but form a perimeter.

Ducks, geese, and chickens can be released in a crop area to eat grasshoppers, and other insects that may harm plants.  

Fruit trees have a bad rep for harboring tent caterpillars that kill each branch slowly over time.  Filling a milk jug with a banana peel and vinegar mixture will deter them and take care of the problem.

Obviously, there are countless other solutions to problems, but I won't mention them all here.  The only major problem I could see would be opossums.  Cats and possums get along very well so that wouldn't help, they are pretty much fearless and aren't intimidated by dogs, and are very clever and sneaky.  I'm still trying to find a remedy for their intrusions that don't involve shooting them.
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glorfon
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In a recent issue of mother earth news they had instructions on how to atract bats that will eat insect in you garden.
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tuffenoughtorock
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Oooooh.  That would be cool.  We have some bats here, but the majority of the insect-eating animals are barn swallows.
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vov35
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well... making animals eat pests for us is always fun.

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UnMeilleurReve
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Yay for birds and bats! Boo towards creepy-crawlies!

And by the way, if anybody want to eat bugs, it's fine by me... Wink

Unless you get a pet tarantula, and especially unless it's named susan...
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glorfon
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I've eaten may flies before.  their easy to catch.  So if you give me a warm place to roost you might be able to lure me to the commune to eat mayflies.
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UnMeilleurReve
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*sigh* I should have expected that.

Do we need to use nectar to lure you, glor? Or just something sugary? Grains and seeds, perhaps?
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vov35
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*gets tarantula and names it Suzie*... "good pet..."

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UnMeilleurReve
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*shudders* lol
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vov35
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yay for fast and useless replies!...

wtf are you talking about, this isn't spam...

lol

serioulsy we need a poll of "do you eat insects!"... must resist urge to spam poll both



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