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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby tan » Sat May 21, 2005 8:09 am

..yes.
ticks are dangerous, and so can fleas be, and yeah one shouls take steps to eliminate them from the immediate vincitiy; tick and fleas shots for pets( for what they are worth), keeping a clean house etc. but keep in mind, just nuking the garden with any old stuff what so ever, that gets rid of the problem for the time being, might harm you and your family even worse.to hear you guys , you just put on any old thing, because of the yuk! factor-admittendly rightously so not illogiclally, being faced with these little mosters... but please read up on what is inside that poison and check it out before you spray the tomatoes that will feed your family at a later date... some of the stuff legally sold is absoutely lethal to the health of your family in the futurr, so before nuking the garden, please check out what you use...( .. just remember when everybody thought that ddt was the answer to all our insect problems..and be aware a lot of the stuff available is tested just as little as ddt was. living in the third worldi i come accross a lot of bad stuff, first i thought we only got it because we were poor, but now i found out that our stuff is rather begnin compared to some of the newer and so called more sophisticated stuff,you use.. and certainly when it comes to veterinary medicine everything goes!
so by all means protect yourself and your family.. but do not make the cure more dangerous than the problem,read up on what you plan to use!!
thanks for bearing with me - this is not a new age message ok, (and no i am not a vegetarian and yeah -living where i live i do eat crickets once and a while with my beer- quite nice,by the way... the gentleman' s problem was probably : - and it happens a lot-here too; the crickets were killed with insecticide... happedned to a few friende of mine too.. and yeakh the will make you spectacularely sick...) thanks for bearing with me
tan
ps excuse my spelling, lost my peripheral vision due to freak hiking accident, it will come back eventually...
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby Serenity » Sat May 21, 2005 9:12 am

Originally posted by Angie:
Originally posted by Serenity:
[qb] MADE IN FRANCE!

Mer! :D
If the tick business happened to me, I'd be more likely to say, "Merde!" :D
Ooooops! That would give a whole new meaning to Debussy's beautiful symphonic work of art. :D I think I'll request "La Mer" by Debussy next monday.

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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby DavidS » Sat May 21, 2005 3:47 pm

Analog, I have seen mosquitoes in mid-winter in Holland, in the Polder region - land reclaimed from the Zuider Zee. I was told that was quite usual in such swampy areas.
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby dai bread » Sun May 22, 2005 12:09 am

Reading this thread makes me shudder.

I think I'll stay home!
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby DavidS » Sun May 22, 2005 4:32 am

Are there no mosquitoes, cockroaches, scorpions, snakes or centipedes in NZ?
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby Angie Parkes » Sun May 22, 2005 4:10 pm

Originally posted by Serenity:
Ooooops! That would give a whole new meaning to Debussy's beautiful symphonic work of art. :D
Of course, if Debussy had written the piece after an oil spill... :D
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby Angie Parkes » Sun May 22, 2005 4:13 pm

Originally posted by DavidS:
Are there no mosquitoes, cockroaches, scorpions, snakes or centipedes in NZ?
No, but the hobbits have been known to make large burrows :D
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby DavidS » Sun May 22, 2005 5:14 pm

Not to mention the Erewhonians.
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby Serenity » Sun May 22, 2005 11:20 pm

I found a tick in my bed this morning! YUCK!

I grabbed it with tweezers and squeezed it in disgust (couldn't help myself) then shoved it into a plastic baggie to show the kids so they know what to expect....."Show & Tell" tomorrow.
Species, definitely the Dog Tick...looks just like the picture on the internet. (The only Tick I ever liked was the cartoon superhero).

Then, I washed the sheets, checked the matresses and rug under the bed, vacuumed the bedroom, took a shower (looked myself over)...it didn't really help....I feel itchy all over and experience the sensation of something crawling on me as a figment of my imagination.
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby Serenity » Sun May 22, 2005 11:50 pm

Who are the E-whoreians?
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby DavidS » Mon May 23, 2005 12:37 am

Citizens of Erewhon, the land featuring in the satirical novel of that name by Samuel Butler attacking the ecclesiatical institutions and moral hypocrisy of Victorian England.
Erewhon, an anagram of "nowhere", is an unknown civilisation on the far side of a range of uncharted mountains in a remote colony of the British Empire, obviously modelled on New Zealand...

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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby piqaboo » Mon May 23, 2005 2:08 pm

We tried all the non-toxics on the fleas, and also on the ants that followed them.
Then we nuked em.
We didnt nuke our food plants. We still have far more ants, earwigs and snails than we want, but the poison phase is over.

I have no idea HOW a snail got to my potted tomato plant. There is no snail trail, it would have had to cross a moat, its too big to have hatched in the soil I used. Amazing.

Serenity, I am so sorry. I know that skin-crawling feeling. Yuck.

I lifted a 6" pot this weekend, to relocate a plant (drainage, mosquito control, etc), and ~ 40 earwigs went running in a panic. BARF!
Altoid still tries to pick up little things and taste them. I was so glad she wasnt close enough to see them!
Altoid - curiously strong.
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby dai bread » Mon May 23, 2005 10:27 pm

Originally posted by DavidS:
Citizens of Erewhon, the land featuring in the satirical novel of that name by Samuel Butler attacking the ecclesiatical institutions and moral hypocrisy of Victorian England.
Erewhon, an anagram of "nowhere", is an unknown civilisation on the far side of a range of uncharted mountains in a remote colony of the British Empire, obviously modelled on New Zealand...
He was living here at the time he wrote the book. I think the mosquitos carried him off. No, on second thoughts it would have been the sandflies at Milford Sound or Stewart Island or pretty well anywhere else down that end of the country.
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby Serenity » Mon May 23, 2005 11:17 pm

Rose Geranium oil repels ticks. The second best essential oil for repelling ticks is American Pennyroyal.

2 tablespoons of almond oil (contains sulfur, a repellent in its own right) and mix 25 drops of Rose Geranium oil. Combine in a glass jar and shake to blend. Makes 2 tablespoons, lasts 6 months. Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing and avoid the eyes. Essential oils can burn the skin and harm eyes; don't use around cats. Skip Pennyroyal if anyone is pregnant (including pets) since it can induce miscarriage.

Palmerosa also repels ticks. Eat garlic pills too. Brought to you by the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP).
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby OperaTenor » Tue May 24, 2005 12:36 am

Does anyone out there know of a sure-fire snail killer on par with Corry's Slug and Snail Death(I just love that name!) that's safe for babies within a couple of days of application?

Corry's works great, but from everything I can find out about it, the toxins are around for a frighteningly long time, and we really don't want Altoid gnawing on an empty, poisoned snail shell she happens across in the yard.

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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Tue May 24, 2005 1:11 am

Sure-fire snail and slug killer: a duck. They're also exceedingly good for reducing other insect-type garden pests. Or course then you have duck-mess to deal with. You'd also have to build a coyote proof duck-house for your snail eradication staff. But this is an effective chemical-free approach.
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby DavidS » Tue May 24, 2005 2:59 am

That is my approach to feral cats: Better them than rats, mice and snakes (although they are noisier).
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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby treebeau » Tue May 24, 2005 1:06 pm

Do snails go for the "can of beer" trick like slugs?

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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby OperaTenor » Tue May 24, 2005 1:46 pm

Beer does indeed work for snails as well as slugs. It needs to be in an open pan, as I recall.

However, both the ducks and the beer are perhaps a little risky with Altoid, granted probably not lethal.

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Re: Entomologist Anyone?

Postby mmichaelson » Tue May 24, 2005 1:50 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Altoid!!!!!!!!!! Dooooooooonnnnnnnn'tttttttttt ddddddoooooo iiiiitttttttt!!!!!!!

I hated it when the kids I sat for/were related to went through the "eat everything in sight" phase. It's a dangerous phase.
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