1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

October 12, 2008

:286 Beneficial Nematodes

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:286 EcoTip: Beneficial nematodes are microscopic roundworms that are used as an organic grub control for soil in lawns and gardens. The nematode enters the grub’s body releasing a bacteria that attacks and kills the grub. The nematodes then use their host to feed and breed. The fall is a great time to use beneficial nematodes while grubs are active and preparing for winter. Two applications 7 spaced days apart is best for breaking the cycle.

Credit: ARBICO-Organics

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It is important to use the right nematode for the job. Some nematodes work best for mobile pests (see :241 about flea control) For soil grubs, beetles, weevils and borers you want to use a stationary nematode like Heterohabditis bacteriophora. They are available from ARBICO Organics.

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August 31, 2008

:244 Armadillo Repellent

Filed under: :244 Armadillo Repellent — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:244 EcoTip: If you have armadillos digging up your yard, they are looking for insects. This is certainly a non-toxic form of pest control, but can leave your yard a mess. Controlling the grubs using nematodes or other forms of biological insect control can discourage their digging, but armadillo repellent can help encourage them to move on sooner. 

The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection, [image number, e.g.,00199], courtesy of The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Arbico-organics has a wide variety of biological pest controls and armadillo repellent.

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June 6, 2008

:158 Squish Bugs

Filed under: :158 Squish Bugs — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:59 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:158 EcoTip: A safe non-toxic way to eliminate bugs is too squish them. ***********************************

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I have been my families official bug squisher as long as I can remember. Actually now that I think about it my response to bugs inside the house usually depends on how I have been summoned. If I am summoned with screams of panic – I squish – which tends to calm things down rapidly. When I am called calmly I’m more likely to scoop the trespasser up and provide a quick trip to the outdoors. 

When I’m not around my kids are now grabbing the vacuum cleaner to rescue themselves by sucking the bug up. The small amount of electricity used seems like a good compromise. Especially when compared to a co-worker whose daughter emptied a whole can of bug spray in her car after spotting a spider.

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