Hornworm moths lay their eggs on the leaves. :-(
They don't eat the stems.
I try to hand pick the little buggers when possible, not the least
because it's so much fun to watch the ducks fight over them when I toss
them in with the poultry! Especially the larger ones. <G>
For birds, try some pinwheels, and those are decorative!
Owl decoys are also good and Wal-Mart has a nice supply of them right
now. Just move them weekly and make sure they cast a shadow.
I have a 99 cent pinwheel that's the "Slinky" brand, and it's been
sitting out here in the desert sun and high winds for about a year now
and still looks like new. It does help with the birds, tho doesn't do
anything to discourage kangaroo rats.
They sleep in the trees during the day. ;-)
Owl decoys are out in the open, and you are supposed to make sure that
they cast a shadow. That is how the local wildlife rescue folks told me
to use them.
Speaking of lizards, couple days ago I saw a type I'd not seen before
(SoCal desert) -- it was blue, looked like an iguana (big thick head
and body, not a skinny "snake with legs" like most of our little
desert lizards) and kinda spiny all over.
Pyrethrins work just as well, break down very fast, and are harmless
to warmblooded creatures even if ingested. And try insecticidal soap
(essentially a mix of dish soap to choke bugs, and canola oil to make
it stick to stuff). Hornworms curl up and die right before your eyes.
Only had to spray the tomatos 2x last year, and they responded to the
soap by growing into 12 foot long vines with LOTS of fruit.
Try listening for them. When they're disturbed, they make this odd
mechanical noise. Then you can hone in on the sound and get 'em.
Hmmmmm... I did used to use Pyrethrin in the henyard for flies but now
that I have my duck flock back, I no longer have a fly control problem.
;-) Never tried them much on the food plants. I worry about killing my
spiders tho'. :-(
Can anyone tell me how to control rats without poisoning?
Traps dont' work. Rats are too smart.
<goes googling> Nope, tho that looks like the little "snake with legs"
type we have tons of. This one was distinctly BLUE and I've never seen
one like it before. It had the bulky head of an iguana, and a thick
body to match, but had little lumpy spines kindof all over rather than
just one down the back like an iguana does. Very quick and agile, went
up the cinder block wall in a flash.
Whereas here flies pretty much starve unless you provide something
that likes to make a mess in water, like ducks. <g>
Here the main spiders are black widow (both the passive and the leggy
aggressive types) and brown recluse. Our big worry is whether we can
get them all killed off before they take over, or eat us alive. My
tenant got bit by one in her bed yesterday. One reason I keep atropine
on hand is for spider bites. And if you're gone for 3 days, when you
come back the house will be chock full of black widow webs, to the
point that it looks like a movie spook house (no kidding). Hanging
dichlorvos no-pest strips helps esp. with the black widows. Doesn't
seem to bother the wolf spiders, either, tho we don't see many of
I've noticed a few golden garden spiders among the roses lately, but
they're not typically a desert spider. Probably only surviving here
because my place is sortof a little oasis :)
Well, I once did chop up a misbehaving typewriter ... tho after
fighting with it for several years (couldn't get parts, had to repair
it myself, which was always an adventure).
Where I lived before, we got invaded by roof rats, which are so
prolific that traps and poison are a waste of effort. But every
morning I'd find 5 or 6 drowned in the dogs' water buckets, and
several more killed by one of my dogs (I breed Labradors). If there's
no other open water, you can lure 'em into big buckets or small
garbage cans with a foot or so of water in the bottom, deep enough
that they fall in when they try to drink, and enough water down there
that they can't get out so they eventually drown. (And no, I have
absolutely no sympathy for suffering rodents. :)
Or get a Jack Russell terrier and don't feed it, so it has to hunt.
They're good rat dogs and have no qualms about eating rats. :)
I've considered that...
Will they eat chickens?
Most of the rats are in the henyard which is why they are here.
Plenty of food. :-(
That is why a water trap would not work unless I dumped water containers
every night. We do find them drowned in the emu's water buckets now and
Yeah, a dog will eat chickens too :( Cats generally leave chickens
alone (at least after their first good pecking :) but don't seem to be
much on killing rats.
Rats can survive on just manure for food, but they'll eat about
anything that doesn't eat them first.
Rats are very curious and like to climb up into things, so even if
there is other water around, they still get into buckets and drown
(awww, so sad :) Also, dog food makes a great lure for rats and mice
-- see if you can rig something where they can smell it and will fall
into the water while trying to get to the dog food.
The mice kept getting into stuff in our garage. After
getting a couple with a regular trap they got too smart and
avoided them, so I tried a water trap and it worked very
I used a 5 gallon bucket with a shallow pot saucer filled
with seeds floating on the top of the water. We made a way
for them to get to the top of the bucket and we kept the
water at a level that was just a bit to deep for them to
climb out. It worked very efficiently and a dead mouse in
the bottom of the water did not keep others from trying.
One day I found three of them dead in it. They just
couldn't resist trying for that seed. We got rid of the
whole family apparently, because I have not seen any for
quite a while now.
Another method I forgot about that works and will absolutely prevent
escapes, is to take a 5 gallon bucket with a lid, fill it half to
2/3rds full of water, put a rat-sized hole in the lid, then smear
peanut butter or molasses on the inside of the lid near the edge, so
they have to really reach for it and lose their grip on the edge of
the hole, thus fall in and drown.
I probably drowned a couple hundred rats just in an open bucket one
year, and it wasn't even the only water around, just somewhere
curious rats liked to snoop in. Evidently they never get wise to it.
I get rats with rat glue on a piece of plywood very success upto an
extent that other wonder how this can be.
The area of glue apply are depend on the size of rat. Minimum length
should be two and a half of the rat length(not included tail). Minimum
width should be two and a half of the rat width. This is due to the
observe from me that when rat first step on the glue, it will be able
to make a jump. After the jump, if the front claw of rat are out of
the glue area, the rat will got chance to escape by crawlling with
front claw. Three side of plywood should have minimum one inch of
margin clear of glue for our thumb to hold when placing the plywood.
The side with glue should touch wall.
The plywood should put at rat path(where rat like to run through along
a wall). Or the rat jump from a place to reach another place, if the
rat jump to your table to eat your food, put the plywood on the table
at that spot.
Plywood should be lay flat, if it's slanted, the weight of rat will
slowly pull rat off the glue area.
The glue should chose the less smell type, or else you may need few
days to wait for the small disappear before get your first rat.
The glue should not be watery.
After removed the rat from glue, hold plywood slanted under water tap
to wash off rat *output*. <g> And put it slanted against a wall to
let water drip off.
Refill the part lack of glue that due to remove with rat together.
All this should be quite easy to understand.
The tough part are I don't know how to explain the way to apply glue.
If the glue does not apply correctly to the plywood, rat will be able
to escape quite easily.
A piece of plywood can get as much of about ten rat per night, this is
assume that you remove the rat when you heard it *sqeet* to free up
From my experience, as long as you put it at the right place, you can
glue bird, fly, snake, ... Almost anything that does not in the water.
Latitude: 06.10N Longitude: 102.17E Altitude: 5m
Time I think to just use Glue traps. ;-)
I normally hate those things, but I'm also not afraid to just kill the
rat when I find it in the glue trap so it won't suffer.
Trick will be in putting the traps where my pigeons won't get into them.
The rats do run up the trees out back!
I have some ideas...
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